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I grew up in a religious home where we went to church regularly but that was it, going to church. As a child, I was blessed in one religious organization and con firmed in another. After my confirmation, I got frustrate d and uninterested in going to church. It meant nothing to me. It was just going through a relig ious ritual, and after a while I stopped attending church. From that time of my early teens up to my early twenties, I lived for the thin gs the world had to offer. During that period, my life became empty and seemed to have no real meaning and direction. It was at that particular time I was introduced to the use of marijua na by a friend of mine. To maintain that lifestyle, I found new friends who were Rastafa rians. They grew the plants and from them I could get as much as I needed. It was because of the use of marijuana and the music of the Rastafarians that I was drawn to become a Rastafarian myself. This particular “Rasta” group that I join ed became very religious and self-righ teous. There was a popular saying among us, “Rasta mea ns righteousness.” In an effort to live up to our own righteous standard, we built a wooden shack in the hills and spent most of our time there. We went into the hills to get away from “Babylon” or the corrupted world syst em. At the shack, we smoked marijuana, listened to Reg gae music, and read the Bible as part of our worship to JAH (The Most High). As we got mor e serious with our self-righteous livin g, we spent more time listening to radio stations to hear the Reggae music, Gospel music, and Gospel preach- ing. Radio Lighthouse (Caribbean Rad io Lighthouse) then became one of the radio stations we listened to regularly. We obtained a parcel of land from the government of Antigua, which we used for the cultivation of fruits and vegetables. Most afternoons, we worked on the crop farm. While working, we would tune in to the Dai ly Light broadcast on Radio Lighthou se with Pastor St. Clair Archibald. We came to the con clusion that this man was preaching the truth direct from the Bible. During that time, a dramatic change came among us when one of our members took sick and had to be admitted to the hosp ital for emergency surgery. That mem ber was Jerome Martin. He made a commitment to the Lord during his time in the hospital, that if He would heal him and save his life, he would not smoke marijuana again. He afterwar d told us the deal he made with the Lord. It so happened that most of the members of our grou p stopped smok- ing for a short while. Life without mar ijuana was empty and boring and so all of us went back to smoking, except Jerome. It came to a point that three of us remained together while the others were drifting away. The three of us who remained were reasoning one night and we cam e to the conclusion that we should be going to a church where people are serious and are prea ching the truth. It so happened that one Sunday I tune d my radio to Radio Lighthouse and heard the program Maranatha Outreach. I told the othe rs about the program and we later foun d out it was the same speaker we had been listening to every afternoon on the farm. I wrote to Pastor Archibald and explained to him our situation and our desire to find a good church and spiritual help. He did not respond with a personal letter, but he and other members of the Lighthouse staff came to visit us at our home address, but they did not find us there. They left some Bible tracts and an invitation to visit their church. We accepted the invitation and wen t to church on a Wednesday night and then the follo wing Sunday. It was during that sam e Sunday evening service that Jerome, Vanier, and I wen t forward and publicly accepted the Lord Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. I knew the Lord was dealing with me personally to be saved and that Sunday evening, November 15, 1981, I received Christ Jesus into my heart. Augustine Erskine BIMI WORLD – Number 3, 2009 13