Mauritian soldier David Thomas
Before becoming a police officer, soldier, and father, David Thomas’
fear-filled questions as a boy gave him the foundation he needed.
Who am I, where do I come from, what is my purpose on earth, what happens
after I die, and where is the true God?
These are just some of the questions David had as a young confused boy in a
mixed religious background — born to a mother of Eastern religion and a
father who followed Western traditional religion.
“Since a little boy I had always wanted to know the truth,” says
David. “But as I read various religions none of my questions were
answered. For years, I was frustrated and afraid of death.”
When David was still young, his father became seriously ill, which prompted
his mother to search for spiritual answers.
“My mother heard about the good news of Jesus Christ and went to a
Christian conference, where she heard that Jesus could forgive all our sins
and had power over all sickness.”
“She placed her faith in the Lord Jesus and asked Jesus to heal my
father. Amazingly my father was healed.
“Soon my father had also left his religion to follow Jesus, because, as
Jesus said, He is the only way, truth and life, there is no other way to God
the Father” (see
John chapter 14, verse 6).
As his mother began taking him along to church, David says his desperation and
fears about the future gave way to peace.
“I began reading the Bible and I immediately found all the answers to my
questions. God touched me through His word and teaching.
“God showed me that Jesus Christ alone is the way, the truth and the
life. I realised the evil condition of my heart and life before God, as
Romans chapter 3, verse 23 says: “All
have sinned and fallen short of the glory
“Then, as I read
Romans chapter 3, verse 23, I discovered that
‘the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in
Jesus Christ our Lord.”
A few chapters later, David discovered how to accept this free gift in chapter
10 of the same book.
Romans chapter 10, verses 9 and 10, reveals to us how we might be
saved; ‘…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and
you believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be
saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness [through faith in
Jesus], and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.’
It was obvious what he had to do. As David adds, “I confessed Jesus is
Lord, the King of my life and the one who took the punishment for my sin, and
I believed that God raised Him from the dead.”
When he did this David says he became a new person in Jesus Christ, forgiven
of all his sin and assured of an eternal home with God.
“Since then God has renewed my mind, keeping me from temptations that
would destroy my life,” David says.
“The Word of God says in Proverbs that the good fear of the Lord
preserves us from temptation. The way to keep honouring the Lord is to remain
in prayer and meditate on His Word every day.”
After serving his country of Mauritius in the police force, he then entered
“I serve Mauritius as a soldier, but I also serve God, the Lord of
hosts, and I am an assistant pastor in my local church.”
David is married to Stephany, with whom he says he has been blessed with two
boys, Matthew, age 12, and Adriel, age 6.
“I have a happy marriage and my family and I are serving the
Lord,” David says.
“Finally I would like to say, like King David in the 103rd Psalm,
‘Bless the Lord, oh my soul and all that is within me bless His holy
name. I will never forget all His benefits for He forgives all my sins and has