God sustained me through seasons of challenges

(from left to right) Raymond, his wife Anitha, and daughters, Kerithika and Harsheenee

My personal journey with the Lord began when I was 13 years old. At a youth camp, I made the decision to give my life to the Lord and accept him as my personal saviour. It was a decision that would shape the rest of my life.

Through the different roles I played in ministry, each with its own challenges and distractions, I know now I was being shaped for greater purposes and learnt to rely solely on God.

In my 20s, I served as President of the Methodist Youth Fellowship at Pasir Panjang Tamil Methodist Church (PPTMC) for four years. During this time, my father passed away and I became the sole breadwinner for my family. It meant that I had to spend time working and rarely had enough sleep. But God sustained me.

Then I served in the music and worship ministry. It was this season that my mother was not well and I had to care for her and accompany her on countless hospital visits.

Today I serve as the chairperson of ETAC Music & Worship Ministry and LCEC Chairperson. Reflecting upon my life, I see that God was willing to use me and mould me, a young man with a pair of drumsticks and a desire to serve the Lord and give me greater responsibilities each time.

Raymond Gabriel Jeyaraj worships at Pasir Panjang Tamil Methodist Church and serves as ETAC’s Worship & Music Ministry Chairperson. / Photo courtesy of Raymond Gabriel Jeyaraj