Grace Community School invested 14 years into my life, that I could never count the cost or have the right words to express my gratitude. After graduating from Grace, I was led to Dallas Baptist University, and decided to pursue a business undergraduate degree in Entrepreneurship, as well as, an MBA in management.
Coming from a Christian household, Christian private school, and growing up in the church, I knew of God and really tried hard to be a “good” person, but the reality was it was all a checklist to me. I always thought to myself as I would hear crazy testimonies and see amazing videos, “Is this all real? And if it is, then why is it that it is not evident everywhere around me?”. Going through Middle School and Highschool at Grace definitely kept me out of trouble and encouraged me, however it was obvious that my entire pursuit in life was all about the control and self-worth I could get from athletics. Although my intentions in sports was an attempt to be known and gain identity, my coaches always communicated that there was more to life than just being a good athlete. I suppose I agreed, but for most of my life I found my identity in what I could control or in what I do, and not in who God says I am. We know the lingo, we know what to show, and we know how to put on a mask, but the reality is that nothing ever seemed real. If everything about Christianity was just a checklist and was just what I could do to earn approval, then does it not just fall under the category of all the other religions in the world? I had no idea that my “so-called” relationship with God was just so transactional and it was all about me not going to Hell. Eventually, I realized that having everything I wanted was so fragile. For almost four years I would turn to alcohol and status in order to feel like I am getting places, but it was all a mask and facade that was never satisfied. Desperately, I attempted to fill a God-sized hole in my heart with the pleasures of the world, but nothing could fill that hole. I remember thinking, “I want to make a difference in people’s lives, but how could I? When I am so broken, hopeless, and dead inside.” I did whatever I felt like, but it was not until a teammate of mine invited me to an FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) retreat, and I decided to go as a favor to him since the group from DBU had one more scholarship spot. It was there, my life changed. It was not what the speaker said, not the worship music, but simply being in a posture of crying out and struggle with God. I said, “God, if you are real, then show up right now, because if you don’t, then I am done with this life.” In that moment, I have never felt the presence of the LORD so real and so evident. I felt someone embrace me but when I opened my eyes, I saw no one; I heard a still, small voice saying “I love you just as you are, I have called you, I have chosen you, and I will lead you to unify cultures, but let me be the LORD of your life.” And in that moment, I surrendered everything to Jesus. I was so excited that I was even about to quit soccer, transfer schools, and serve at a church the very next week, but the LORD very quickly told me to “be still and be faithful.”
There was a misconnect, and I suppose I knew of Jesus then, but I never really knew Jesus intimately. It is like you have the answer key for life, but you never knew what the key was for, yet all you knew was that you needed the answer key in order to live. Soon after, I became a soccer captain on my team, which was definitely a challenge, but the LORD knew the plans because it was a training ground for what was to come. For three years, I had the incredible opportunity to lead DBU men’s soccer team, and during that time I began getting into God’s Word like never before, while getting plugged into Gateway Church. After graduating DBU in 2018, I asked the LORD what He wanted me to do next, which is a very dangerous question, but what is even more dangerous, is not even asking at all. I felt the Lord prompting me to remain in Dallas even though I did not have a place to stay, no money, or a plan. For the first time ever, I did not know what to do next, but pray, learn, and grow. The next season of my life, I was a couch surfing for four months and I worked in landscaping in Southlake, Texas for about a year. You could say it was not exactly the plan I would have put together, because I was not very happy about where I was in my life at age 23. However, I kept pressing in, kept learning to listen to the LORD, and kept seeking Him above all else (Matt. 6:33). In December of 2018, God brought four men into my life, who were all in similar seasons, and desperately desired to pursue God by using their abilities to make an impact in our local area. We attempted to put on a unity concert, but everything fell apart very quickly, yet it was evident that the LORD was leading us down a path to launch some kind of media outlet that was a story-telling platform. We were not so sure how it would all look and it felt chaotic, but truly God’s fingerprints were there and we consider ourselves media evangelists now. Officially launching in April of 2019, Kingdom Initiative began partnering with a few media ministries and we saw thousands come to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior of their lives through music and video testimonies. Our desire is for all people to experience God through media & equipping organizations/people to share their story. Whether through videos, podcasts, music, or events; Ki Media desires to unify, partner, & evangelize with creatives to create a generational movement across the globe. I currently still live in Dallas, Texas and continue to rely on the LORD to provide every month. If you want to check out more of what we do or connect with us, check out KingDominitiative.org. And if you want to contribute to what we do and stay updated, then please text 77977 to “giveki” in order to stay up to date with the impact financial resources are making. So far, we have been able to travel to two different countries and twelve different cities in 2019 and we are believing for many more in 2020.
Finally, our testimony is not just our story of salvation, it is the continual story of daily redemption, because if you still have breath in your lungs, then you still have purpose here. Your story is meant to be used as a weapon for the Kingdom. After all, this life is not about us, it is about Him, and now we get to live in freedom. So tell your story.