TEDDY HUNG: THE NOTORIOUS ASIAN DRUG LORD LEADER WHO BECAME A CHRISTIAN AND NOW A PASTOR

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English: Hong Kong Kowloon Panorama Victoria Peak 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

14 K Triad is a Hong Kong based organized crime group and one of the largest and most violent drug and gambling syndicate in the world with 20,000 members and 30 subgroups. They are known to be brutal to their enemies and their rivals.

During the 1970s and 80s, Teddy Hung who joined the group when he was 15, became the most feared and notorious Triad leader in Hong Kong. He had four wives and six to seven girlfriends who were either a model  or an actress. But one thing that money cannot buy are peace and happiness that come from a clear conscience  and a pure heart.

CONVERSION STORY:

Because of the many lives and families he saw being destroyed by his businesses, Hung began hating himself, became depressed and experienced suicidal thoughts. In 2002 when no doctors could cure him of his depression and insomnia, he finally accepted an invitation from a group of pastors to watch a crossover concert of Sun Ho, the singer wife of Singapore’s City Harvest Pastor Kong Hee who used her concert as a way to reach out to the non-Christians watching her concert and have her husband do an altar call at the end of the concert .

Hung  “hated people who talk about Jesus” and he boasted of being ready to go to hell.  But that night he found himself at the front of the stage and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Hung challenged God that night that if He is real, God will heal him of his insomnia and that night, for the first time he was able to sleep peacefully.

GIVING UP CHRISTIANITY:

After Hung became a Christian, his gambling dens started losing money and he struggled and found it hard to give up his previous lifestyle. Then Hung decided to leave his Christian life for two years. He went to Thailand to start gambling dens but became very upset with God when they too started losing money and the Thai government decided to ban any gamblng dens.

Out of anger, Hung removed his cross pendant and vowed not to follow Jesus anymore. He could not sleep for nights after that but when he decided to put the cross pendant back on, he fell asleep immediately and got scared when he realized the power of God. Hung continued to struggle with confusion and misery for years, not wanting to give up the businesses that financially support his members and his women that need his protection. His pastors also continued to counsel him during this difficult time of his life.

THE ENCOUNTER: WHEN GOD SHOWED HIM HEAVEN AND HELL

In 2009, Hung told his pastors he’s going to kill himself that day. After writing his will, God spoke to him and ended up tearing the will and fell asleep. When he woke up, he knelt down and for the first time prayed to God calling Him as Father God and that afternoon a life changing experience occured. God took Hung to heaven and hell and made him experience the indescribable joy in heaven and unbearable suffering and anguish in hell. He said when he realized that eternity is real, wealth on earth is not as important as where he is going after he dies.

THE NEW LIFE IN CHRIST:

After that encounter, Hung shut down all his businesses, left his four wives and girlfriends and enrolled himself into a Bible school. Today he owns a legitimate business and currently a pastor of a church that reaches out to triad members and caters especially to them and their needs. Hung also makes sure  former triad members find legal jobs or start legal business. Hung said about his salvation experience:

” Don’t be afraid to let go of what you have. God wants to take away the bad things to give you the good, and when He gives, it will be hundredfold.”

 For two thousand years, Christianity has billions of testimonies of lives transformed because of their faith in Jesus and Teddy Hung is a story of the new life in  Christ that Paul talked about in the Bible.

Copyright 2013 Ketchie V. Schauf

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