John believes music is a gift from God

By Mai Nero

It stands to reason that Jarryd John would become a musician one day as he was born and raised in a family which adores music. His parents are both musicians.

“I played music at home when I was a child. My brother and I, and our uncle Hobert Rueben challenged ourselves to become great musicians,” recalled John.

John, 28, whose parents are of Gulf, Central and Madang extraction is the eldest of six siblings. It was his childhood dream to be a great musician one day. He was only identify when he played the guitar. At 14, he started playing in the Reformation Ministry Church’s network as a brass guitarist.

John completed grade 12 at the school in Good Shepherd Lutheran Secondary School. He moved to Port Moresby in 2012 to take up computing at the International Training Institute where he was awarded a certificate in computing.

While in the big city, John continued to attend church and played music at the big city, John continued to attend church and played music at the Living Light Foursquare Church in Kaugere.

In 2015, he was among 13 young people who went to Australia to attend Hill song cinference. “We stayed for one and a half weeks in Australia, one week in Sydney and few days in Cairns where we ministered through songs,” said John.

Apart from that, John has been to several provinces in the country where he played his favorite bass guitar during outreaches, conferences and meetings. “I learnt many things while playing music. Music is a good thing. Through music I had the chance to travel places and also meet many great musicians,” explained John.

John believes that music is a gift from God and he wants to use this gift to serve God only and not for any other purposes. “Many musicians nowadays are using their gifts for outside benefits. From my view, music comes from God and we have to use it to serve Him only,” said John.

John believe that playing music for God bring blessings. As for him, he see the hand of God in his life as he continue to serve God through music. “That is why he believe that when you give back to God, what you deserves, he’ll blessed you abundently.

One of John’s greatest goals is to play a big stage with other great musicians and tour the world to save lost souls through music. “He hope that at least one person will be saved in the kingdom of God through his music. John learnt many things while playing music. Music is a good thing. Through music he had chance to travel places and meet many musicians.

*Mai is from Gulf and Morobe privince and she is in grade 7 (Purple) at New Erima Primary School.

Published by Ples Singsing

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