From drugs, to prison… to the pastorate: Discover the moving testimony of Michael Phillips

“When I went to worship I was drunk and stoned, but when the service started I immediately got sober and felt the presence of God in a way I had never felt before. »

Michael Phillips grew up in a family pastoring from father to son. His parents, grandparents, aunt, great-grandfather and many other family members are pastors. In his family, there is even a joke that says “you are either a pastor or a problem”.

Well, Michael is obviously going to start off as "a problem". His father died of a heart attack when he was only 12 years old. Following the loss of this fundamental landmark for him, he decides to anchor his life in “anger”.

“But at the time I was angry and I blamed God because my father had been ripped away and a part of me had been ripped away… It was sadness more than anger that I was experiencing. But at 12, I didn't know how to deal with these emotions. »

He finances his studies thanks to a scholarship that he obtains through basketball. But following an injury, he lost this scholarship. To earn money, he falls into drugs. An experience that will lead him to prison. After 6 months spent in pre-trial detention, when he risks a 30-year prison sentence, a judge offers him to participate in a university program for young people, which is none other than a Christian program.

Michael accepts this proposal. But it is under the influence of drugs and alcohol that he will go to the first meeting.

“When I went to worship I was drunk and stoned, but when the service started I immediately got sober and felt the presence of God in a way I had never felt before. Feeling God's presence overwhelmed and frightened me so much that I ran out of worship and ran to my dorm. And I closed my door and called mom and told her what happened. And she said, 'Oh baby, God just takes care of you,' and she hung up the phone. »

Michael will then spend 3 days in his room praying and imploring God's forgiveness.

“These days spent in unceasing prayer were the beginning of a healing process. I began to accept his love and grace for my life and the fact that he loved me no matter what and that I could go into whatever he planned for me to do. I stayed in the room for three days, and it felt like it only lasted 30 minutes. It was reconstructive surgery by the Holy Spirit, because I came out of that room transformed. »

Having become a pastor, Michael founded the Kingdom Life Church in West Baltimore, which has 3000 members.

MC

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