A gang leader of 14K – the second largest triad in the world with 25,000 members across the globe – Teddy Hung Hon-yee had made his wealth from running gambling rooms, bars, casinos, and online gambling sites.
On 15th of April, more than 500 people came to listen to Teddy Hung in a dinner event held by the Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship (FGBMF), at the Oriental Pavilion, Jaya 33.
Teddy shared how God turned him from one of the biggest gang leaders in the world, to now a pastor of a church consisting of ex-triad members in Hong Kong.
His life was equally colourful as well, with a wife, four mistresses, and seven girlfriends who were the top Hong Kong actresses and models then. Wherever he went, he would have a few cars following him.
“I want to introduce my background to you, not to boast. But I want to tell you that it is impossible for me to believe in Jesus,” said Teddy.
He could not stand even at the mentioning of the name Jesus. Any gangsters under him who said this name would earn themselves a beating. So, they were careful of this name.
“I said to them, ‘You are in the triad. Who are you to qualify into Heaven? Are you out of your mind?’” said Teddy.
But 12 years ago, the Lord sent a multitude of theologians to Hong Kong to interview him. They asked him to believe in Jesus, which upset him.
“I strongly rebuked them and said, ‘Don’t convert me! You don’t know how much income I’m earning. The god I am worshiping is better than Jesus. If you want to save others, save the other gangsters,’” said Teddy.
So, he allowed the theologians to come into his clubs to share the gospel, even promising his protection over them lest they will be hurt. And in those two years, a stream of pastors and missionaries came to share.
“But the first person they want to preach to is me! I said, ‘You have preached to the wrong person!’
“But they said, ‘Bro Teddy, you value loyalty. You are the big boss. You will influence many of those under you to trust Jesus. If you trust God, many will accept Him,’” said Teddy who accepted their reasoning.
So, he agreed to follow them to church. The first church he was brought to was a Charismatic church, where he saw everyone speaking in tongues. Teddy thought Christianity was a cult, and warned the pastors never to invite him again.
But God did not give up. He used over 200 pastors to take turn in calling him. Every time his phone rang, it was about Jesus. Agitated with their calling, he called some of the pastors to gather in his office.
“I said to them, ‘Do you have a problem? You are so educated but your behaviour is worse than a gangster! Why are you forcing me to believe in Jesus? You are too much!
“You take turn to call me and you don’t let me sleep. If you continue to do that – do you know who I am? – I will do something to you!’” said Teddy.
Just when all the pastors agreed to not bother him, a pastor stood up among the crowd and asked Teddy, “Would you come to church one more time?”
“I told him, ‘If all of you agree to stop calling me, I agree to go to church one last time. I dare your Jesus to do something on me!’” said Teddy.
He fell asleep during the church service. After that, the pastor invited him to his office and asked him what he thought. Teddy warned the pastors to never call him again. But before he left, they gave him a Bible, to which Teddy began insulting them.
“I said to the pastors, ‘My business is so big. We talk about planning and strategy, not like you – it’s like you’re playing a game with Jesus,’” said Teddy.
He stormed out of the room but his wife who was with him politely took the Bible and placed it by the bed, even though she was not a Christian.
The pastors did not bother him. But as he approached 40 years old, his guilt conscience suddenly struck him although his business was prospering and thriving.
“One day, when I walked out, I saw so many addicts and I got scared. I realized I just became the demon head. I alone had harm so many lives,” said Teddy.
So, he immediately closed all his harmful businesses though it was too late because he had been in this business for more than a decade. It already spread around the world.
Because his guilt conscience was too heavy, he had severe depression and insomnia. He travelled around Asia to meet the best doctors. But none could give him a cure for depression. Because of prolonged insomnia, Teddy started to think about committing suicide.
One day, while he was about to commit suicide, he suddenly noticed the Bible placed beside his bed.
“I pointed at the Bible and said, ‘Jesus! If You’re real in this world, You cure my illness. If You let me sleep, I will trust You,’” said Teddy, who went to sleep right away even before he completed his sentence.
From that day onwards, Teddy had no trouble sleeping, his suicidal thoughts disappeared, and there was an unexplainable joy in his heart that would cause him to smile. He forgot all about the prayer until his wife advised him to see the doctor because she noticed he had been smiling to himself, a lot.
“So I thought to myself, ‘This world actually has Jesus. It’s impossible to have this coincidence because I have had insomnia for six to seven years, I have never experienced this before,’” said Teddy.
Convinced of Jesus’ existence, he called the pastors whom he threatened and apologized to them. He said, “This Jesus is greater than the gods I worshipped. I will trust and accept Him.”
But life gets interesting after Teddy accepted Christ. His business started losing money. And because his triad members had a share in the business, they begged him not to believe in Jesus.
“They said to me, ‘Big boss, we have followed you for decades and we can see how much money you have made. But we have never see you smile. Now that you are losing money every day, why are you still smiling?’
“I did not understand why I was smiling as well. So, my triad members thought that I was going nuts, which added to my pressure. For one year, they begged me to leave Jesus,” said Teddy.
He finally decided to quit Jesus after one year of losing money. Throwing his cross away – which was the souvenir from his church for his salvation – Teddy cursed Jesus and flew to Thailand. There, his triad members welcomed and celebrated for him for leaving Jesus. They partied with him day and night. Yet, although he was exhausted, he could not sleep for even one hour.
“I know that Jesus is behind my insomnia. So, I picked up the cross again and when I buckled it back to my necklace, I immediately went to sleep,” said Teddy.
When he woke up, he took a plane and flew back to Hong Kong, to meet his pastor.
“I said to my pastor, ‘If I believe in Jesus, I die. If I don’t believe in Jesus, I also die. I accepted Christ for one year now but I am nearly bankrupt! If I don’t accept Him, He used insomnia to threaten me. I don’t want this kind of love!’” said Teddy.
The pastor asked him if he would allow his son to do his business, to which Teddy said no, for the risk of imprisonment. Likewise, as the son of God, Jesus did not want him to continue his business for the risk of going to Hell.
Thanking his pastor for his wisdom, he decided to follow his pastor back to church and see where Jesus would lead him.
But the next three years were miserable. During that period, he was still supporting his mistresses and girlfriends, whose large expenditure involved luxurious hotels, branded goods, and expensive dresses. He also felt responsible for the gangsters and staffs working under him. So, he would struggle with Jesus. Whenever Jesus closed one casino down, he would open another.
“I said to my pastor, ‘If this Jesus only wants me to go Heaven and does not care about my women and triad members, He’s not a good God. God will not teach me to desert them. If Jesus is this type of person, I don’t want this God,’” said Teddy.
Because of his faulty perception, his life did not change. He disliked studying the Bible as well because the more he read the Bible, the unhappier he got – every page seemed to talk about Hell.
After three years in church, he decided to quit following Jesus the second time. Teddy said to Jesus that he could not leave his worldly affairs of supporting his women and triad members, so he decided to go to hell.
Shutting the alarm clock that he usually set to go to church, he was suddenly gripped by fear. Covered in goose bumps and bursting into cold sweats, he leaped to the bed and asked his girlfriend to tightly wrap him in a blanket and hold him. But the fear was much to bear. Teddy knew that Jesus was behind this, and he asked his girlfriend to set the alarm clock for church. His Presence returned and Teddy became calm.
“I said to Jesus, ‘Jesus, You are God. I am man. I cannot fight You. I go back to church,’” said Teddy who stayed in church for another three years.
At the end of six years after he accepted Christ, God closed all his casinos and businesses. Bankrupt with no strength to leave, he decided to quit Jesus the third time by committing suicide.
“I told Jesus, ‘Jesus, I finally figured it out. Actually, You are not saving me. You are playing with me. You are tricking me. Because I cursed You, You took revenge on me!
“You closed all my businesses and did not give me new ones. I have battled with You for six years now and I know that I could not fight You. But I would not let You play games with me any longer. Now, I am going to commit suicide,’” said Teddy.
He cursed God more severely this time because he knew that it would be the last time he could. After that, he sat down to write his suicidal note to arrange his family’s affairs.
When he put down his pen, Jesus spoke to him in an unmistakably recognizable, soothing yet powerful voice. Jesus told him that if he committed suicide, one of his sons would rise up and kill the family. Teddy knew what God said is true, knowing the hatred of this son had on his promiscuity.
So, he left his suicidal note and went to sleep. When he woke up, he knelt down and thanked God. And God told him to sit in front of a big cross, hanging in his living room.
He sat down and closed his eyes. And something changed in him. For the past six years, he would argue with Jesus. But this time, when he closed his eyes, he was gentle in addressing God, like a son to a Father.
“I said to God, ‘Father God! Please don’t blame me for not reading your Bible. The Bible is so scary! If I follow you, I can’t do anything. You bind me so tightly. What can I do?’”
“God said to me, ‘You rascal son, close your eyes and follow Me!’” said Teddy.
When he closed his eyes, he was taken up alive to the entrance of Heaven. There, he saw many people whose expressions were empty. Jesus told him that they are waiting for God to judge them.
“Jesus said to me, ‘Those who obey my Word, I will allow them to get here.’ But if one is filthy and dirty like you, how can you get in? Look down and see,’” said Teddy.
He looked down towards Hell and saw many dark and deep tunnels of different lengths. The more sin one commits, the longer the tunnel a soul would be placed in and the more one suffers. At the end of the tunnel – the body, soul, and spirit – would explode and cease to exist.
“I asked God, ‘Father God, why those who sin more, die later?’ And God replied, ‘Down there, they would want to die faster, even one second faster. You go down and feel it,’” said Teddy.
But even before God completed His sentence, Teddy knelt down and clung to His robe. He sobbed and thanked God for bringing him up to Heaven. Teddy promised that He would study the Bible every day even though he feared studying and obey God in everything He says.
“Heaven is a place that’s beyond description. The beauty was fantastic. The happiness was manifold with joy unspeakable. You had to scream with joy there!” said Teddy.
Jesus rebuked Teddy for his false definition on loyalty. If he chose to continue his business, he would only bring his triad members to hell. The most important thing is to ensure their eternal destiny. That is the meaning of true loyalty.
When Teddy returned from Heaven, he enrolled himself in one of the biggest theologian universities in Hong Kong. He also went to his pastor and opened a special church, tailor made for the gangsters in Hong Kong.
“Because I have been in the triad for forty years, I know what is in their hearts. Gangsters are really scared of coming to church and hearing about Jesus,” said Teddy.
The Lord gave him a vision to start a chain of triad-member churches all over the world. And he has already started his first international church in Taiwan. In his church, every service is designed to be a concert performance, with free lodging and meals for the members. Upon acceptance of Christ, a group of pastor would verify their genuineness of faith. And they would be led to do a franchise business as a platform to leave the triad world.
“So, this is what Jesus want me to do. Had I think of this by myself, I will enter the mental hospital. With man, it’s impossible. But with God, everything is possible,” said Teddy.
With more than 100 people in his church now, all of his members are former triad gang leaders. Teddy has also left all his businesses and triad members all at once.
He also left all of his mistresses and girlfriends. They accused him for being a conman, refusing his money for the break up. But after observing Teddy’s changes for the next six years – him remaining single and faithful to his one wife, him closing all his businesses, and him not having any cars following behind – all but one accepted the Lord Jesus Christ, with two even going to the Bible school!
All of his children accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as well, having witnessed his enormous change.
“So, your change in Christ is extremely important. The Bible said that you could bring the whole family to Christ. But if you don’t change, you will be a stumbling block to your family because they cannot see the power of God in you,” said Teddy.
Lastly, Teddy shared that Jesus Christ is real, and there is no other way but only through Jesus Christ that we can go to Heaven.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
After Teddy’s sharing, more than 75 people in the dinner accepted Christ. Praise the Lord! If God can change one of the biggest gang leaders in the world to now a pastor of ex-triad members, take heart and have faith. God can change you too and those you have been praying for, who seem impossible to change.
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