As multiracial dyslexic at 11 years old, Choby Siau was an easy target for bullying at his new school in New Zealand.
“Because of that, I started to fight. I started to fight to defend” my brother and me, Choby narrates in the video he made documenting his salvation.
Choby grew up in a church, but he never had a personal relationship with God. He felt hurt by the church.
“I knew He was real, but I just really thought, ‘How can God let abuse happen to me and my brother?’ I had a distrust of God, and I blamed God for what I went through,” Choby continues.
At 13 years old, Choby and his family left to Penang, Malaysia, where he joined a local Triad, a Chinese mafia.
“My goal was to raise in the ranks,” Choby says. “I wanted to become a boss in the Triad.”
Choby got kicked out of school in the 8th grade.
“Choby, because you’re out (of school), I’m going to teach you about the ways of the Chinese Triad,’” Choby’s boss told him.
Choby was hooked for life.
Choby started as a fighter. Anytime there was a problem for the Triad in Penang, he was called upon to settle scores.
At 17, he and his family moved to America, far away from his girlfriend. Through his connections in the Triad, he learned she was cheating on him.
“Listen,” he threatened his girlfriend over the phone, “I want you to tell that guy that I have a present coming for him.”
But before he could board the plane, his mom had a very serious talk with him.
“Son, I don’t know if I’ll ever see you again,” she told him ominously.
“God spoke to her that I was gonna die in Malaysia,” Choby explains. Read the rest of Triad gang member comes to salvation