I grew up going to church and doing ‘Christian things’ but I always struggled with loneliness and intimacy.
I lived life for myself, doing what I wanted to do and what I thought would make me happy.
I had become quite insular and I knew I lacked a lot of confidence
I found adjusting to a new city very overwhelming and struggled with feelings of inadequacy
Coming to Bristol initially was quite a challenge. Inside I became more and more empty, and I ended up being completely lost.
Starting secondary school was hard. I struggled to make new friends and absolutely dreaded Monday mornings
As a child I always thought Church was old fashioned and irrelevant to my life.
I struggled with what my cultural identity was. There were times I thought I was British to Koreans and Korean to the British.
When people first come to University, they try their hardest to find something that defines themselves.
Being saved by Jesus has shown me there is more to life than drunken Saturday nights and living selfishly
I had this weird conflict between what I was taught in church, and being told that science had done away with God.
Growing up, I simply had no interest in a relationship with this distant, seemingly unknowable God-who I thought was far too busy floating around in the clouds somewhere to care about me.
I was just going along in life doing what my friends and everyone else was.
I lived a life focused on obedience for that is how I thought I would please my family, my conscience and God.
Suddenly, one of the people that I trusted and looked up to the most believed something completely different to me.
I'll always ‘fight’ to remain calm and grateful on and off the pitch to my God, who has shown me more mercy than I could ever deserve.
My relationship became a place where I sought attention and praise, and I spent a lot of time comparing myself to others
I realised there’s so much more than just football and my reputation. They couldn’t comfort me in my mourning or give me meaning to my life or make me a better person.
'Christianity at that time was more of a religion to me rather than something I truly believed in'.