What did you have for breakfast this morning?

A bowl of Power Grain, Muesli and Weetbix – with fruit toast

What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?

I would really like to find a favourite thing to do in my spare time, but until I find such a thing I guess I will have to settle with playing video games.

How did you become a Christian?

I was born into a Christian family, however it wasn’t until grade 5 that I began to consider Christianity more seriously. Until that year, God had just been my ‘bail me out’ card and not really for fair weather sailing. In grade 5 I changed schools and so that created some problems, which didn’t go away quickly. I discovered that I am terrible at making new friends, and my idealistic dream of making a fresh new start, turned into a fresh new start into a direction which I didn’t expect. So I drew close to God, because Jesus was my friend when no one else was.

What does being a Christian mean to you?

I think that my faith is a very important bedrock to build the foundations of my life on. Everything material – family, friends, possessions – are here one day, gone the next. But God IS. He is faithful, always there when no one else is and loving even to a selfish scoundrel like me. Most of all the hope of my sins forgiven and life eternal is strong motivation to keep on going, even when it involves waking up at 6 AM on Friday (which is the worst day to get up early). I also find it very encouraging that you can never surprise God; even if you make a poor decision you can never move outside of his ultimate will. This is important to me since half the time, I don’t have a clue what I’m doing! Sure some decisions are obvious, but being the ripe old age of 18, I’m supposed to have some idea of what career to pursue. I don’t, but I can trust that God has far better ideas than I do and if there is an obvious open door with my name on it, I’m sure I’ll take it.

What brought you to Hope Community Church?

When my family first moved to the Sunshine Coast, we tried a couple of different churches, but in the end my vote was with Hope Community Church because I felt like the spirit was calling me to go there. I guess one other factor which I liked about HCC is that it was only a small church, which is important to me because large groups of people make me feel uncomfortable.

Are you involved in any of the weekly activities or going’s on in the church community? And what do you find enjoyable about these?

I suppose I have become part of the furnishings on the stage every week during the church services. I play the keyboard as part of the worship team, and if you are a sound guy/girl, you probably hate me. I like to play with the different sounds on my keyboard, so that mucks up the balance in the sound system.

I could be really holy and say that the most enjoyable thing about playing in the worship team is being able to praise Jesus with my music, and that is true. But also right up there, I find it extremely enjoyable freaking people out with my semi-perfect pitch. I can hear a note or chord and play it back correctly on piano, correctly within a tone. Of course the accuracy actually largely depends upon how familiar I am with the key (hint: if you want to stump me, start doing things in an obscure key like F#).

Do you have a favourite Bible story or verse?

I would say that my favourite book of the Bible is Ecclesiastes. While at face value it is the most depressive and pessimistic book of the bible (which might be why I like it), I think it serves as a very pertinent warning against materialism and atheism. Plus if you make it to the end without needing Zoloft, there is sort of a message of hope.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

During my first week of uni, I wished I was Spider Man, because twice during the week I ran onto the platform and watched a Nambour train depart. I really wished that I could have just grappled onto the back. I now know when all the trains depart, so this isn’t as much of a problem anymore. But more generally I wish that I could have invisibility. Then I could have some means to escape from life’s many awkward situations. Plus it would be just as useful as super strength when fighting villains, since you can’t fight something you can’t see.

Are you working on something at the moment?

Perhaps, but my super-secret plans of world domination are classified at the moment.

What would your ideal holiday destination be?

Home – I hate travelling.

If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Probably just a banana. Not because I absolutely love their taste, but mainly because I can’t stop eating them. Every day for the past I’ve-lost-count-years, it has just been my habit to grab a banana and eat it after lunch. I know there are other fruit, which I might enjoy more, but it’s just like one moment I’ve finished my lunch, the next moment I have a banana in my hand and I’m eating it. I don’t even remember grabbing or peeling the thing. It probably comes down to my laziness; bananas are very low maintenance foods to eat – you just peel it and eat it. If it’s ripe, it’s not even crunchy. Fun Fact! Bananas are radioactive, so next time you visit a nuclear facility, don’t bring one or you’ll set off all the alarms.

What is the strangest thing you have eaten?

Silkworms. It is apparently a delicacy in Singapore, but in Australia it can only be sold as fish bait. It is very crunchy, and upon first taste very bitter however the taste sort of fades into a seafood-like flavour, until it then tastes … well a bit like what you would expect poo to taste like. It’s definitely going to have to be a few more goes before I start thinking that silkworms are a delicacy, but on the other hand I don’t think I’ll try it again. How did I end up eating a silkworm? Well this year I went on a camping trip with a bunch of guys from ES (Evangelical Students – The Christian group I joined at uni), and so for breakfast one morning we had these choc-chip pancakes (which were delicious). However, the cooks for the morning pulled a bit of a prank by substituting the choc-chips with silkworms on three of the pancakes. I have a feeling that this prank was targeted at the staff workers, because the two staff workers ended up with the other two pancakes, and as soon as I heard that there was a third… I just thought Murphy’s Law says that I have it. And I did.