Gang to God: Christchurch man Jacob Skilling's redemption after stabbing six men and escaping a life of abuse

After decades of abuse, drugs and crime, Jacob Skilling now heads a Christian charity - and wants to give others hope for a better life.

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Motorcycle ministry: Bikies and addicts turn from gangs to God

Former addict Luke Bowler pats his leather patch near his heart. He was in prison when he ''saw God'’.

''I come from drug addiction, alcohol, in and out of prison, a lost place,'' Bowler says.

''It was in 2010, I didn't believe in spiritual stuff but ... the presence of God hit me – the whole cell turned into a white light. I looked at the wall and there was a massive golden glowing cross I was being sucked in to. It was the best drug, the best anything I've ever had.''

Released from prison that day, and sober for seven years, Bowler has started a unique ministry in Christchurch.

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