Hi, my name is Menega Sisi. I’m from the Highlands of Papua New Guinea where I was brought up by my Adventist mother and stepfather and attended a church school.
When I was 13 years old I had an argument with my family and went to live with my biological father. He was not an Adventist and didn’t care what I did with my time. I stopped attending school and got involved with gangs, alcohol and other drugs. I brought a lot of trouble to my community.
One day I was walking in the schoolyard and I heard a voice that said, “I have already chosen you and given you a work, but you have not done that work. You need to go to the church”.
But through this time my mother always prayed for me. As I entered adulthood, I agreed to attend a church camp with her. I was touched by the messages I heard there and I accepted the Lord. After I was baptised my church sent me on a six-week course at the Peter Knopper Church Leadership Training School and I started work as a volunteer with Volunteers In Action (VIA).
I was young—maybe too young, only 19. I made some serious mistakes in my work and after a year working with VIA I was removed from my position. Discouraged, I soon returned to my old lifestyle. In fact, it got worse. I did the right thing in going back to complete secondary school, but while I was there I got involved in a cult that worshipped the devil.
However, God had not forgotten me. One day I was walking in the schoolyard and I heard a voice that said, “I have already chosen you and given you a work, but you have not done that work. You need to go to the church”. I went to the Adventist student club on campus. It was the first time I’d ever attended. They were having elections for the club officers and somehow I was elected to serve as the president for the next year! I was very surprised but I accepted. Right then I prayed a prayer of commitment to God and felt a fresh cool breeze come from my head to my toes.
From then on I avoided my gang friends and, with God’s grace, my habits were gone. My church accepted my confession and welcomed me back. Now I’m in my second year of ministry studies at Sonoma College in East New Britain. God is helping me at every step. I can see how He has worked in my life.