My name is Paul Hunter and I am 31 years old, I was born in England in a place called Colchester, Essex. My family and I moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1990.
My life was a mess... I used to hate himself, always feeling rejected and neglected, I grew up without a father and I had no direction and no one to help me. I had no idea what to do with my life. I had so much pain inside that I started cutting myself with blades and glass. This led to me getting tattoo's on my body, just another way to harm myself.
I wasn't always alone though, I had a few empty relationships with different women, but they always ended bad as I had a terrible anger and I would take it out on them, this anger while drinking plenty of alcohol made for a bad mix.
After breaking up with a girlfriend I went into a deep depression, I started seeing a psychologist every week and taking strong anti-depressants to help me get by.
One day I just had enough, I walked to the nearest free way bridge, stood on the other side of the barrier and was going to let go but I didn't go through with it, I just thought about my family, I was so close to ending my life right there, I just hated myself and wanted someone to help me.
When I was almost 22 years old, a man invited me to Church, I didn't realise at the time, but this man was a Pastor. I came to Church on Sunday and the Pastor said that God loves us so much he sent Jesus to die for our sins. He then said is there anyone here who does not know Jesus, who would need forgiveness for there sins, I put my hand up and prayed a simple prayer, I didn't even know what I was doing at the time, but I knew I needed God to help me!
You see, I tried the things this world had on offer for me, but none of these things fulfilled my life.
I'm now a Born-Again Christian and have been for 10 years now. I am married to my beautiful wife Michelle, we have two children; a 5 year old boy and a 3 year old girl.
I can only thank Jesus for saving my life.
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