Background

James’ parents were educated professionals who came from a wealthy background and travelled extensively throughout the world. Although James as a youth never made a personal commitment to the Lord, he accompanied his parents to church whenever they could attend. From a very young age James was exposed to many Christian denominations as his parents travelled but he was also able to indulge himself as he moved in affluent circles.

By his mid teens he had discovered recreational drugs and spiralled into a world of shallow relationships and broken trust. His parents tried everything to get through to him about God’s love and get him back on the righteous path to accept Jesus as Lord but he wouldn’t listen and eventually, he walked out on his parents leaving them heart-broken.

James continued to stray far from the path God would have him walk until finally he took an overdose. He woke up in hospital but neither he nor the staff had any idea who had saved him from certain death.

His parents came to see him at the hospital, and for once, he listened when they suggested he recuperate at his Uncle’s where he decided after his brush with death to go cold turkey to break his drug dependence.

One Sunday morning, having fallen asleep with the television on, he awoke to scenes of a televangelist spreading the word to his TV flock. Initially sceptical, he soon found himself connecting with the preacher’s words: “We all have a God shaped vacuum in our hearts. Many of us are trying to fit the square pegs of sex, success and drugs into what is a heart shaped space reserved only for God”.

Broken and alone the preacher’s closing scripture left him reflective: “come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11: 28.

He went out to a local church and sat alone to ask for God’s direction and to call Jesus into his life. He felt an overwhelming sense of peace and love, as well as release from his guilt and shame. He knew something had happened, but he didn’t know what to do so he prayed again and asked God to show him what to do next.

The answer came to him when one day his Uncle came home and announced he had been offered a position working for a Christian charity in Uganda and asked whether he would like to come with him. James didn’t know why it felt like the right thing to do but he said yes without thinking.

He spent the first few months volunteering alongside his Uncle, a doctor, taking medicine and offering a travelling clinic. As he travelled he witnessed the amazing power of God to lift people from poverty and destitution. He realised how much he had been wasting his life and turned to the bible to give him the purpose he had been lacking. The Holy Spirit led him to the prophecies of Isiah and, after witnessing all the sick and lame throughout Uganda, he was inspired by His message

“I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners; create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him; the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt; is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. Isaiah 57:18-21

He began attending a Pentecostal church and when his Uncle’s stay in Uganda drew to a close, he volunteered his services to the church to spread the word of God. He developed a deep friendship with the pastor who enlisted him in helping with his services. After a time of learning to serve in the church and being faithful with his Pastor’s flock, the pastor sensed that James was gifted and encouraged him to see if he could funnel the holy spirit to attempt healing in the congregation. James prayers were answered and many of the congregation benefitted from his healing. He finally felt he had found his calling:

“I fell in love with the message, God just put the ability in my heart… I felt my calling was to help those who needed me most, and He filled my life with His presence”.

James spent the next ten years, serving the Lord in whichever way he could help most, moving through townships, villages and cities, spreading the word and releasing the power of God to heal through the spirit.

Now, James has chosen to bring his mission to the Western world to heal those in need and in the hope that he will encourage others to follow his good work out in Africa.

James and his wife Emily first met in Uganda where she was spending a gap year working for a Christian charity.

They bonded over their mutual love for God and their passion for helping the needy and infirm in any way they could. Before long, they had decided they could serve God best by dedicating themselves to both him and each other.

At the end of her year, Emily returned to the UK to start her degree but their romance and commitment had already been started in Africa.

James and Emily were recently married and look forward to spending the rest of their lives together in the duty of serving God