My father had been working in the United States since my childhood, which was why I grew up gradually into an independent and self-determining person. I was uninterested in the study at school, and became a member of some criminal gang at the age of 13 to 14. I had the chance of associating with drug addicts, whom I disliked very much initially. Despite this, and in order to earn more, I engaged in selling drugs. After that, drugs became no big deal to me, and I started to take heroin, proudly confident that I could conquer it instead of the other way round.
Two years down the road, I was arrested and jailed. After my release from the prison, I left Hong Kong for the United States to work there for more than ten years. While in the States, I took no drugs and pursued other material pleasures instead. After returning to Hong Kong, with nothing else to do, I resumed selling drugs for money, and repeated the previous life of getting lost in addiction.
In 2008, I was arrested for consuming drugs, and was finally sentenced on an 18-month probation order. Upon the judge's recommendation, I was admitted to Dawn Island for gospel rehabilitation. In the beginning, I had no interest in God. I tried to change myself by staying busy with the work on the Island, while also valuing my relationship with the people around me. In other words, I placed the focus of life on myself as well as other people, but totally ignoring God.
That was the way it was, until one day when I broke some rules and was caught. Initially I wanted to give up and opted to leave the Island. But when saying my prayers quietly on the Island's Mount Carmel, I was moved by God: “But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.” [2 Corinthians 12:9] With this, God encouraged me not to give up and not to worry about staying behind, for if I chose to stay, He would look after me and give me the best. At the same time, I also felt the support and love from the staff and brothers around me, so I decided not to leave but face the punishment.
Looking back today, I can see that God has not only saved my life, but has also made me live more fully. As a member of the staff at Operation Dawn now, I have been called upon by God to find my way as guided by Him, and to continue to rely on Him for more changes in myself. In addition, Operation Dawn has made available to me different training programmes, such as those on boating licence, cookery, etc, which have equipped me with skills that may become useful one day. Furthermore, with the study at the Bible Training Centre, I have learned how to apply Biblical knowledge to strengthen myself, so that I can come closer to God and help strengthen people around me too. Because of God, I have stayed away from drugs, and seeing this change in me even my father has changed and accepted Jesus the Lord. May all glories be attributed to God in Heaven.