Roddy Ngolomingi Said "Yes"!
I was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and moved to America in 2015 when I was 20 years old. Like most of the people I knew growing up, I grew up in a Christian family, but it would take a long time before I committed my life to Christ. Growing up, I thought if I did ‘the right thing’ then I would please God and everything would be fine. That was my motivation for going to church: to please God.
As I got older, this lifestyle made me very uncomfortable. I knew it was wrong to treat God like this, but I was too stubborn to admit it and too prideful to let anyone speak into my life, especially my family. My life was built to glorify myself and not God. I was in a routine that the world told me would make me happy, it would solve my discomfort. Every weekend it was the same story; go to the mall, buy new shoes or clothes, go home, eat, get dressed, and go clubbing. I had no respect for women and viewed them as objects used for pleasure and convenience, not human beings made in the image of God.
In late December 2016, I went to Utah to visit friends and spend the New Year. On my agenda was more parties and long nights, but on God’s agenda, this would be the trip that started a chain reaction that would change my life forever.
When I returned from the trip, I found myself laying in bed reflecting on the last year of life. I realized that I ended the year, the way that I started it; partying, laughing, and truly unhappy.
That Sunday I went to church like I usually did and afterwards we had a Partners meeting. In that meeting, pastor Matt had Eddie Martinez speak. Truthfully, I don’t remember what Eddie said, or what his point was, but what I do remember is this overwhelming feeling: I felt God telling me that He had a better life prepared for me, I just needed to say yes.
Per usual, I ignored God and the next weekend I was right back into my routine. But this time, it was different. With every party that passed, even the fake happiness I was pretending to have was leaving me. The next party was less fun than the last. The hole in my heart that I was trying to fill was getting bigger and bigger and the band aide I kept trying to put on it was getting smaller and smaller.
After a month of this spiritual Tug-of-War I was playing, I decided to surrender.
I remember being in my room, listening to some worship music, when God broke me. I began crying in my bed and asked God to forgive me. I told God that I wanted a better life, one that filled this hole. I decided to say Yes to God, and specifically through Netcast. I decided that I would make myself available to serve in any way the church needed me to. As my first step, I wanted to help with the Venue Team. Through this, my goal was to learn to be a true follower and servant of Jesus. I still struggle with the temptations of my past and in no way has this last year been easy. But God has shown me that my Yes to Him is the best Yes I ever committed to.
God has been faithful to me, has guided me, and has loved me even though I never deserved it. He has opened my eyes to a life I never could have lived without him.
My name is Roddy Ngolomingi and I said Yes to God in the beginning of 2017. As I sit and write my testimony, I again find myself reflecting on the last year. I am different, I am better, I am happy, and I have joy the world never could have offered because I said Yes.