Popular actor shares his conversion story

Born to a Malaysian-Punjabi father and a Chinese–Japanese mother, Gurmit was brought up as a Sikh, but converted to Christianity in 1985.

December 13 2013, 11:11 AM
Popular actor shares his conversion story
Gurmit Singh.

Singaporean actor and comedian Gurmit Singh recently shared the story of his conversion to Christianity before thousands gathered at SunwayMas Community Center in Petaling Jaya in the state of Selangor.

48 year old Gurmit is best known for his role in Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd. The TV sitcom broadcast from 1997-2007 made Gurmit a popular icon in Singapore and Malaysia.

Born to a Malaysian-Punjabi father and a Chinese–Japanese mother, Gurmit was brought up as a Sikh, but converted to Christianity in 1985.

He recollected the extreme poverty and the troubles his family underwent when he was a child. To make both ends meet, his father worked day and night as a watchman at two banks, one during the day and the other during the night. His mother worked at a hawker centre to meet the expenses.

One day she came back home with a stomach pain. As over-the-counter medicines didn’t make her feel better, she consulted a stomach specialist. She was diagnosed with last stage of cancer. She went for radiotherapy and chemotherapy. “She got weaker and weaker until she became bed ridden. She tried Chinese sensei, bomoh, and every other medicine she could find, but nothing worked.”

By this time, his sisters had become Christians through a Bible study that they took up in school. Gurmit was angry because he knew it would upset his father who didn’t like Christianity. Because his mother had nothing to lose, she agreed when his sisters wanted to invite a pastor to their house to pray.

After listening to the pastor, his mother accepted Christianity. To his own surprise, Gurmit agreed to go with his sisters to an evangelical event in the national stadium. He became a Christian and prayed from his heart to let his mother live till she could see him settle down.

Next time x-rays showed that she was miraculously cured of cancer. Gurmit’s mother, who was supposed to die in six months, lived for sixteen more years! She died of stomach cancer but not before she saw her children settled. Two years after her death, Gurmit’s father passed away, but not before becoming a Christian.

Gurmit is married to Melissa, a Cantonese Chinese. They have a fifteen-year-old daughter, Gabrielle and a seven-year-old son, Elliot. A family man to the core, he always reserves his Sundays for family, church and charity.

Source: Christianity Malaysia

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