Pastor Hazlitt D’souza
I grew up in a Christian home and followed all the religious obligations. I learnt about Christ from my elders and religious classes but never knew Him personally. As the years passed, as a young boy I came to the conclusion that there is no such person as God and what mattered was enjoying this short life we live here on earth. This worldly way of life got me in a lot of trouble with people and the law in India. To escape from all the problems in Goa I left for Dubai in 1999 to start a new life. But things got even worse with this new found freedom. I found myself addicted to alcohol, smoking and other bad vices. I never felt at peace and came to the conclusion that life is not worth living and there is nothing to live for.
One day I was so frustrated and cried out “GOD ARE YOU REAL, DO YOU REALLY CARE WHAT I AM GOING THROUGH?” but nothing changed for me. Till that day, I was travelling by plane from Australia to Dubai and I heard a voice, it was so real. The voice said, “Go today to church, your life is never going to be the same anymore”. In those very days of frustration, a friend of mine had introduced me to Kings Revival International. As I heard the voice of God, I made up my mind to attend the service. At the service the very first words that were preached convicted me. “If Jesus was to come today, how many of you are ready?” I knew I was not and there it was when I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I heard from Pastor Dil Kumar, under whose guidance I have grown. He has been such a blessing and source of encouragement to us as a family. Pastor Christopher has always prayed and encouraged me over the years.
Since then Life changed, and all the hopelessness was no more! I knew I had a future and a meaningful life to live for. I came to know that GOD hates sin but loves a sinner! The GOD that I thought was so far away suddenly was and is so close to me. At that time I made a decision to serve Him all the days of my life.
It was not easy in the beginning. I made many mistakes, but thank GOD for the Holy Spirit. He stood by me, teaching, correcting and bringing me closer to Jesus. I started to learn His Word and God began to reveal Himself to me through His Word.
I met my wife June and we got married on 10th Jan 2004. She stood by me and understood the call of God upon my life, encouraging me to go ahead and preach the Gospel. On 28 Feb 2004, I preached for the first time to a small congregation and knew then and there that this was what I was called to do. I started as an evangelist, preaching at every opportunity I could get and eventually God started to use me in the healing and deliverance ministry.
It was in 2008 that I met a Pastor from India who helped us start Life Line Ministries which gave birth on 28th of July 2008.