- A British-Nigerian man who was a gangster has now given his life to God as a pastor
- Identified as Enrique Uwadiae, he was stabbed 3 times by rival gang and prayed to God saying he would change if he survived
- Now a pastor, the 22-year-old pastor has dedicated his life to solving knife crimes which is endemic in London
There is nothing as beautiful as a redemption story and second chances and that is the story of a British man of Nigerian descent. Identified as Enrique Uwadiae, the young man was once a gangster on the streets of London.
After getting stabbed 3 times by a rival gang, the 22-year-old rededicated his life to God and is now a pastor. Uwadiae is not only a pastor but has dedicated his life to saving kids from a life of crime.
Speaking at a Be The Change meeting, he shared his story: "Poverty brings anger and leads to a gang lifestyle. Aged 15 I was arrested for double attempted murder after a gang clash, though the charges were later dropped. But everything changed for me in November 2013, when I was 17, and I was stabbed in the arm, back and femoral artery. I collapsed in a pool of blood and thought my life was over. Before I was rushed to hospital, I remember praying to God."
Speaking on hoe he became a pastor, he said: “I heard about a church called S.P.A.C Nation, whose leader was taking young boys involved in gang crime and welcoming them. So I joined.”
Uwadiae is a youth pastor at the dynamic church was has more than 20 ministers inspiring 2,000 young people from 17 communities at pop-up services around London.
The church was founded by Tobi Adegboyega, the Nigerian-born cousin of Star Wars actor John Boyega and he actively takes to the streets looking for gang members to reform.
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