SHEBU JOHN - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
My name is Shebu and I am married to the Beautiful Bek, we have been married for 9 years. I am blessed with 3 kids, Elisha, Lucy and Micah. My wife Bek was born in Australia and grew up in a strong Christian family. Bek would say though it was not till her studies at University, where she was involved with CU (Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students) where her faith became more her own.
As for me I was born in the Middle East, but I am of Indian decent from Kerala India. I moved to Australia when I was 10. God in His grace had me grow up in a gospel centered family yet the Gospel was a message that I believed in my head but not in my heart. This lead to a season in my life where I turned my back on all the truths that I had grown up with. God's relentlessly pursued me and by His grace I gave my life to Him when I was 22 years Old. After I had surrendered to Christ call in my life while at university, I was involved with a campus ministry called Student Life (Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) it was during my time with them as a student that I sensed a call into full time ministry. I joined the staff and served with them for 5 years. It was just before I got married that I started to sense a desire to be part of God's work in reaching the city of Melbourne where my heart started to and still continues to grow a deep burden for Melbourne.
As our time on staff drew close to an end, I approached the church I currently serve in to see if there was an opportunity to serve on staff while I began some theological studies. I was given a part-time role while I studied. It was during this time our church went through some internal changes and at that stage the senior pastor decided to move on. I too wanted to leave but God called myself and one other pastor to stay and begin the journey of re-planting. We have been in that journey for 7 years now and by God's grace we have seen the church grow in various ways. I have always had a deep burden and heart for Melbourne and us coming to the Intensive is to take the time to learn from, to serve as opportunity comes, to meet fellow brothers & Sisters in Christ, and hear from the Lord as where and what He might be leading us to. Looking forward to meeting you all.