I grew up in London, England. I came to faith in Jesus Christ and accepted Him as my personal Lord and Savior when I was 19 years old. I have always believed in Jesus Christ. I knew He was real and I never doubted the existence of God, however, He was not Lord of my life.
I grew up with a lot of anger and aggression and embraced the dangerous street life of London. In addition to not only hanging out with the wrong crowd and being a key player within that crowd, I also used to be a child actor in the UK. I lived a double life and had my own plans and agenda for my life. My goal and dream was to go to Hollywood.
My TV and theatre career was going well and took off when I received my “big break” at 13 years of age with a television series that I did on BBC1 called, “Pig Heart Boy”. It was about a young boy who received a pig heart transplant. I played the lead role and the TV series went on to win a BAFTA award (the UK’s greatest award for film & television). While I was loved by directors and producers on set, I still had hate and anger in my heart while on the streets of London. To cut a long testimony short, when my mother invited me to church with her on my 19th birthday, I agreed. I cannot tell you the message that was preached, but I remember while there were hundreds and hundreds of people in that service, I felt like the Holy Spirit was specifically speaking and ministering to me in a deep way. That day was the beginning of the greatest transformation in my life for the Holy Spirit did a quick work in my heart and spirit; he softened my heart and gave me a brand new spirit. I left all my friends behind, let go of my acting career, and my anger was replaced with a supernatural love for people. I wanted the whole world to know and experience what I experienced with Jesus. So, about 6 months after my baptism and at 19 years of age, I answered the call into full-time ministry. I always knew that one day I would plant a church. The deep call of God in my heart has been confirmed for many years, over and over again, by pastors I respect, people in the Body of Christ, and my own family and wife. God has called me for such a time as this!
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
I was born to loving Ethiopian parents and raised in a home with a strong foundation in Christ. My parents planted several Ethiopian congregations while I was growing up and I’m so thankful for the many experiences that they brought. I loved the Lord from a young age but, once I hit my teenage years, I wanted to see what the world had to offer. That curiosity led to eleven years of cocaine addiction, hopelessness, and not knowing my purpose. One early morning, after another night of binging on drugs, I told myself that enough is enough. I called my parents and told them everything I had been doing and that I wanted them to pray for me. On the cab ride home, I said something to the Lord that I had never said before. I told the Lord, “If you set me free today, I will serve you.” I got down on my knees in my parents’ living room and we PRAYED! There was a battle for my life that day, but when I got up from my knees, I was totally set free by the power of Jesus Christ. A few months later, I was in Bible school training for ministry and I have been serving Him ever since! I have been happily married to my God-fearing husband for nine years and I’m ecstatic at the opportunity to serve alongside him in reaching the city of Woodbridge. I have tasted and seen the supernatural life changing power of Jesus Christ and my purpose is to make this Man become known to others.
He lifted me out of a horrible pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. (Psalm 40:2,3)