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Stephan Wright ministering through music

Published:Saturday | July 16, 2016 | 7:00 AMShanna Kaye Monteith
Stephan Wright: his ministry through singing that carried him through the dark days.

"I must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day. The night cometh, when no man can work."- John 9:4-7

Stephan Wright is a 21-year-old Christian minister who has been baptised for almost 12 years. Do the math!

Sharing accounts of his Christian journey, Wright told Family and Religion of the incident that led him to the waters of life transformation.

"At first, I had no intention of becoming a Christian. It was one of the farthest things from my mind - having a mom who was a backslider and a dad with a Rastafarian background at the time. I was more influenced by that religion, but all in all I had a praying grandmother by the name Curdella Williams, who is now deceased."

But then, at a young age, I had one of the most tragic experiences. I lost a friend of mine: he was electrocuted and it was at that time I realised you're not too young to die and time waits on no man," he said revealing that his friend was to be baptised the day after he died.

The terrific event prompted Wright to give his life to God and was received in at the Rehoboth Apostolic Church in Lyssons, St Thomas.

"I started off not knowing the first thing about what it means to be a Christian, so I did my own thing based on the influence of friends and family members. But I was always reminded to let my light shine and I was always conscious of the fact that heaven and hell are real," he said.

 

STRUGGLES INCREASE

 

Wright, told Family and Religion that the struggles of Christianity increased as the years progressed, trying to dim the light he had inside. However, he said that it was his ministry through singing that carried him through the dark days.

"The hand of the Lord was upon me from the day I was born, but I only received such revelation when I got saved. There's a particular story in the Bible that speaks about servants who received talents. My talent is singing and I gave my talent to God and, in return, it yielded fruits such as a worship leader, lead singer, choir director, group leader, preacher, and a minister of religion within my church. I proved the story of the talents to be true, knowing that God has nothing to do with a lazy or slothful servant. To God be the Glory for the things He has done," said Wright.

Now proudly declaring that his mother has redirected her life to Christ and his father is also a Christian, Wright said he believes that his elevation in Christ contributed to his parents' decision.

According to him: "It gave my mother something to be proud of, yet something to think on at the same time. And though my father attends a different denomination, he encourages me every chance he gets."

Wright says his ultimate aim is to become a teacher by profession and a preacher ministering to many across the country and the world at large, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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