Rugby league great, hip hop artist, youth facilitator and Trinity College Queensland student Namila Davui (aka Myshon Kyd) was born in Lautoka, Fiji. He moved to Australia when he was two-years-old and is married with three children.
I am the youth pastor at the Uniting Church Aboriginal and Islander Congregation Zillmere while studying a Bachelor of Theology at Trinity College Queensland. My father has been a Uniting Church minister for over 36 years.
I am also the Director of Davui Productions, where we specialise in youth development programs and consultation in the Brisbane region.
I played Rugby League for the Capras and Norths Devils in the Super Intrust Cup. I also played down south for the Parramatta Eels, North Sydney Bears and the Canterbury Bulldogs. I did a stint in London playing for the London Skolars. I have had the opportunity to represent Fiji, playing a handful of test matches and was chosen in the squad for the Fiji Bati in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.
In rugby league you get paid to do what you love—it was a real blessing and something that I am grateful to God for. I think the only time as a professional athlete I felt I struggled was when I was injured, when I could spend eight to 12 weeks on the sidelines. But I did have a strong support network around me to help navigate through those times. Particularly my faith in God was a strong foundation for me, to just lean on God in those times and know he was in control.
Hip hop was something I picked up one day when I was at friend’s house and he had a studio set up. We got to writing and then recorded some verses. I continued from there and started teaching hip hop dance at a community organisation where I was working as they were looking for someone to teach young kids. I love to dance! Since then I have used hip hop as a way to minister to young people in our community.
I am passionate about the word of God. Since starting study at Trinity College, it’s been a transforming experience. Being able to study the word and being transformed by it has been the best experience I’ve had in my life, besides giving my heart to God over 13 years ago. If God permits, I am looking at becoming a Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church.
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This article originally appeared in Journey magazine and is republished with permission.