This Is My Testimony...Pastor Duerre Thomas
Updated: Jul 7, 2021
In America, young men without fathers are at a greater risk of challenges growing up. So, losing my father at 6 years old easily set me up to be a statistic. Before I was 10, my mother passed away from the incurable autoimmune disease, Lupus. At this time, lesions started appearing on my face and scalp. Doctors were treating them as ringworms, but nothing seemed to work. My Grandmother took me to a private doctor in Freeport, Bahamas where I was immediately diagnosed with Lupus. My heart was broken. Tears streamed down my face and I asked God the question, "WHY?"
I remembered the painful and sleepless nights my mom had and there I was with the same diagnosis. Doctors said the disease had started to aggressively attack my internal organs and they did not see me living past 18 years of age. If I did, I wouldn't be able to do the normal activities 18 year olds would do. I knew about heaven and hell from attending an Assemblies of God church with my Grandma and decided if I will die, then I will give my heart to God. He had other plans than that of the doctor.
God spoke to me as a teenager and said if I would preach for Him, I would live and not die! Today, I am 36 years of age and still alive because I responded to God's calling and decided to live purposefully. I am married to a beautiful girl from Brooklyn, New York, Sharai Thomas, and have four incredible and handsome boys. I've planted a fast growing church on the island of Exuma, Bahamas, and am currently planting a second campus in Port Charlotte, Florida. God has blessed me to author 5 books and travel around the Caribbean and parts of the United States sharing my testimony to thousands of people every year. I know my story is still being penned for God's glory! The best of my life is yet to come! I am a testimony that dreams are not meant to die and that God is a Healer!