I joined TFI in 1971, in Texas, USA. In the ’60s, when I was growing up, there was an awakening among the young people of that generation to the spiritual realities of life. They were looking for truth and a meaning to life.
I began my high school years in a Catholic Minor Seminary and traveled extensively when I could, but finding the reality of truth eluded me. By the time I was 21, my outlook on life had become pretty bleak, until I met some young people from TFI.
Why I am a member of The Family International
What attracted me to TFI was the sincerity, conviction, and dedication of the young people that I had the pleasure of meeting at the time. I could see that they’d found something worth living for and soon discovered what motivated their conviction: Jesus and the Word of God. I then dedicated my life to what I felt was the most worthwhile cause and started studying and memorizing the Bible along with them.
How I live my faith
Since becoming a member, I’ve worked alongside other dedicated members of TFI in India, Africa, Europe, and China, sharing the faith I’ve grown to love and understand, and helping needy people in every manner possible. I thank God and all the tender-hearted people that have supported me and the projects I’ve undertaken.
I meet and share my faith with all kinds of people and have worked with young people with drug addictions and emotional problems, underprivileged children in orphanages, and I continue to interact with the business community to interest them in sponsoring projects. It’s always been a privilege to work alongside committed people and to assist in needy situations to help make the world a better place.
- Joined TFI and began my training in Bible knowledge and Bible prophecy.
- Flew to Europe to follow the trail of young people in their search for truth and a reason for living, otherwise known as the hippie movement.
- Moved to India, where I got married and two of my eight children were born.
- Returned to Europe and subsequently to Canada, where I am from. I attended college for a year and graduated from a computer operations course.
- Returned to Asia, this time to China and Taiwan.
- Lived in South Africa, where I worked with underprivileged children.
- Returned to India for 4 years.
- Lived in Central America and Mexico as well as the southern United States, doing independent missionary work with TFI.
- Had the privilege of helping with underprivileged children in the Middle East.
- Prepared to return to Africa at the end of the year.
- In Africa, where I've been for the last three months helping to teach a course on Christian counseling at the local prison, as well as leading inspirations and teaching the Bible at schools and orphanages.
- I’ve seen a lot of changes in TFI since joining in 1971, and every change I’ve witnessed has been dedicated to making it a better movement. I have enjoyed watching and being a part of all the progress and changes that have made TFI what it is today. Proverbs 4:18 stands out to me at this time in our history: “But the path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Progress means change, and I’m very grateful for how the Lord has led this wonderful movement of dedicated people to move forward and improve in the work that we do.