ON A MIS­SION Damian Walker to em­power at-risk young men

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - Shanna Kaye Mon­teih Gleaner Writer fam­ilyan­dreli­gion@glean­erjm.com

BORN AND raised in Ar­nett Gardens, a com­mu­nity pop­u­larly known as Jun­gle, Damian Walker is a liv­ing tes­ti­mony that ‘good can come from Nazareth’. He ad­mits that at an early age, he was ex­posed to vi­cious vi­o­lence and se­vere poverty and was des­tined to a life of medi­ocrity.

Walker vividly re­mem­bers a time when his el­dest brother (now de­ceased) brought him a 9 mm (gun), ask­ing if he wanted a gun.

He says there were also in­stances where a par­tic­u­lar gun­man in the com­mu­nity tried to re­cruit him.

But, ac­cord­ing to Walker, he was more in­ter­ested in girls than guns.

It was this in­ter­est that even­tu­ally led him to the King­dom.

He said: “I was in­dulged in my in­sa­tiable lust for promis­cu­ity that at age 16, I had six girl­friends, in­clud­ing a teacher. The irony is God used my pur­suit for an­other girl­friend to grab my at­ten­tion. It was a Satur­day in June 1996 and my class­mates and I de­cided to go to Devon House to scout out some girls. I met a young lady and started giv­ing her my best lyrics. She pa­tiently lis­tened to my non­sense from Half-Way Tree to Devon House. How­ever, when we reached there, she re­sponded, ‘I want to talk to you about Je­sus’!”

COM­MIT­TED TO GOD

From that day, ap­prox­i­mately 21 years ago, Walker com­mit­ted his life to Je­sus Christ un­der a tree at Devon House and got bap­tised a few weeks later.

Damian told Fam­ily and Re­li­gion that at first, he was pleased that he grad­u­ated from high school with two sub­jects as he was the only of his sib­lings to ever grad­u­ate.

But the man of God later re­alised that that wasn’t enough. God wanted him to do bet­ter.

To­day, he is hap­pily mar­ried to the woman of his dream, a wife he says makes him a bet­ter man.

They both at­tend the Olympic Way Apos­tolic Church of God of Prophecy and par­ent a baby boy.

“De­spite be­ing plucked from ob­scu­rity, Damian Walker, who was re­cently or­dained a li­censed min­is­ter, is on a mis­sion to em­power at-risk young men. AT RIGHT: Walker with his wife.

grad­u­at­ing with only two CXCs, God has given me the am­bi­tion, men­tal for­ti­tude and stick-to-it-ive­ness. As such, I went to pur­sue ad­di­tional CXCs. Later, I ob­tained a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in com­puter man­age­ment from the Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy and a master’s de­gree (with hon­ours) in the­o­log­i­cal stud­ies from the Caribbean Grad­u­ate School of The­ol­ogy. I have also suc­cess­fully com­pleted a cer­tifi­cate from the New Covenant Bi­ble In­sti­tute,” shared Walker.

The now 36-year-old who was re­cently or­dained a li­censed min­is­ter is on a mis­sion to em­power at-risk young men.

Ac­cord­ing to him: “My tes­ti­mony is pri­mar­ily to en­cour­age young men that God is able to de­liver and keep them from all strata of life and that He is ab­so­lutely faith­ful and de­serves trust and com­mit­ment.

“God is in­ter­ested in the com­plete man. By that I mean, when God saves a man from sin, He de­liv­ers his soul from hell and also res­cues his life from medi­ocrity. God has trans­formed my life and made me far more pro­duc­tive and pro­gres­sive than I would have been with­out Him. What God has done for me and so many like me is also avail­able for all who will come and give Him an op­por­tu­nity to trans­form his or her life. I have proven God to be faith­ful and un­change­able. He saves souls and trans­forms lives!”

Walker, who now fills the po­si­tion of re­gional man­ager at the com­pany where he works, tes­ti­fies that God can take you from any­where.

“Can any­thing good come from Jun­gle? A re­sound­ing YES! To God be all the glory!” Walker ex­claimed.

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