My name is Darius. A year and a half ago, my wife and I started attending The Peoples Church. Now I’m a part of the choir.

On April 28th, I was reading after 11 pm. Normally I’m not awake at 11. But something told me, “Read some more”. So I was reading and then there was this faint smell of smoke. So I got up and when I opened my bedroom door there was smoke billowing up the steps. And then within a minute there was so much dark smoke and we had to get out. We scampered outside and we stood and watched this place in smoke. The greatest thing we found is that when we went outside and we saw my family was out there. We said, “Thank God we’re alive.” I know that I believe in a big God. As a kid, I had polio, I broke my leg five times, I had six major surgeries. I had a lot of great things happen in my life that people would think are calamities, but I know that God brought me through them and he did it again.

When I was growing up my grandmother always said that everyday with Jesus is sweeter than the day before. I attribute my joy to the fact that I always know that God is with me. I feel that the joy that he gives me comes out because I know he lives inside of me. Inside of me just feels like praising. I love to praise, I love to sing. When I sing, I feel like dancing, I feel like shouting. It’s just a joy. It’s just something that comes from within me. I like to sing as loud as I can as high as I can. It’s just being able to share that inward joy that I have to praise God because I know who takes care of me. Because He has blessed me so much. I’m thankful right now for being alive. I’m thankful that God saved my wife and kids. I’m thankful that I’m in a country that allows me to worship. I’m thankful for the people that surrounds me. I really do not know where God is taking me. I really don’t know what he has in store at this point. I know that this is a very difficult time in my life, but going through a hard time, you can still praise God because he has given us life and He has saved us and we can live to praise Him.