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Daz Chettle Story

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Daz is one of the most passionate and positive people you’ll ever meet. Straight up, you’re fascinated to find out what makes him tick. He’s so full of life and energy it’s hard to imagine life has ever been less than totally awesome for him. It’s so easy to judge people at a glance, but so often the reality is quite the opposite, and that is especially true in Daz’s case.

Darren Chettle grew up in middle-class New Zealand. His dad was a workaholic and his mum; well she had her own set of unhealed childhood trauma, which rendered her emotionally unavailable for Daz. Long story short he grew up a very lonely, shy and insecure boy. Reading was hard for Daz. They didn’t know he was dyslexic. One day when he was six-years-old he was sitting on his grandfather’s knee struggling to read a book. Suddenly his grandfather pushed him off his knee and spat, “You’re thick, just like your father!” The words were branded onto his soft heart and etched into his soul. He believed the lie and his school reports compounded it. Some people just learn differently. A few years later Daz was struggling to spell a word in front of the class – his idea of a nightmare. As the class laughed at him he was so overwhelmed with shame and fear of rejection that he peed himself in front of everyone, adding more fuel to the fire.

Desperate for love and acceptance, Daz had sex for the first time on his thirteenth birthday. Sex and drug addiction gathered intensity. Meanwhile, his mum had become a born-again Christian in a charismatic Catholic church and was always on her knees praying for him. God would wake her at all hours to pray for her lost son when he was drunk in the gutter. He stole money from her when he was 18-years-old and she made him go to church with her as part of the punishment. He thought it was some strange cult with singing and dancing. There was a guest speaker that day and he said to Daz, “Sir, you need to come here.” Daz wasn’t moving, so the guy came to him. “Sir, God has called you to be an itinerant international evangelist.” Daz said, “Oh yea, cheers mate, thanks.” He had no idea what itinerant meant, or evangelism for that matter, but he knew he loved surfing. His grandfather had sown a seed of lies, but this man of God planted a seed in Daz to preach the Gospel and bring life to the nations.

By age 20, life was a party and Daz was the life of the party. Addicted to LSD and Cannabis, he partied all week hiding behind a mask so he couldn’t be hurt anymore. Sitting with his grandmother in a hospice one night, she looked at him in the eye and said, “Darren, please cut your hair for my funeral.” He was shocked to the core and realised she was going to die. He went out that night and partied hard. The next day he took her hand as she slipped in and out of consciousness. He was holding her hand as she took her last breath and his world was badly rocked again. Daz threw even more sex, drugs, drinking and fighting at his pain, all the while desperate to be loved.

He went to Australia surfing and partying. His mate convinced him to go to church because they were sick from Malaria shots. He thought there might be food and chicks there, so he went. The preacher said, “Jesus left the 99 to go and find the one…” and Daz felt a beautiful warmth going up his arms that he’d never felt from any drug he’d taken. He started crying. “It was so embarrassing, yet so beautiful.” He was tough on the outside, but on the inside broken, lost, sad and scared. The preacher told him to come to the front of the church, and again Daz was thinking, “There is NO way,” yet he found himself walking up the front anyway. “God lassoed my heart and dragged me to the front of the church. “I don’t know what prayer I said that day, but that moment changed my life forever. After that I told everyone everywhere I went about Jesus. I didn’t know what evangelism was, but I just wanted to tell the world.”

 

Daz still had addictions and wounds in his soul. He spent eight years with a Christian counsellor working through issues, coming to terms with the end of his Christian marriage and receiving healing for his soul. Some Christians got frustrated because he wasn’t living the lifestyle they thought he should be. They had no idea what he’d come out of. He was doing incredibly well considering his past but he wasn’t meeting their mark, but Jesus is a gentleman. Daz fell down and made mistakes, and Jesus held His hand out to him saying, “Come on son, I love you. Get back up.” His deep longing to be loved was fully realised and he was blown away by the love of God.

He went to the Brownsville (USA) revival by himself and had a deep encounter with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. “Not with the Happy Spirit, not the Church Spirit – the Holy Spirit.” The holiness of the Holy Spirit was a game-changer for him. Understanding dawned that the Holy Spirit dwells in a Holy place (us). He made a return trip to Brownsville and got wrecked all over again by the Holy Spirit. God brought a gorgeous wife for Daz in Briana; they are two people with one heart. Their busy and beautiful family now includes four kids aged four-months, two-years, six-years and ten-years-old.

2017 saw God open doors only He could open when Daz was invited to the invite-only Reinhard Bonnke School of Evangelism. “It totally undid me. I thought I would learn to be a better preacher and evangelist, but I spent five days crying and learning that I’m a son who is so deeply loved by his father. I came home different.” Daz has accepted a personal invitation from Reinhard Bonnke to fund his trip to Nigeria to be involved in Reinhard’s last crusade. Daz is putting a team together to take back to the Christ for All Nations (CFAN) Reinhard Bonnke School of Evangelism in Florida in 2018.

So 2018 sees Daz stepping out into full-time ministry, preaching the Gospel internationally and training the body of Christ in personal evangelism. He has been invited to attend Awakening Europe’s three-day intensive training course on stadium evangelism because he believes God is calling him to preach to multitudes in New Zealand, see people saved and activate Kiwis to take their cities and towns for Jesus. Daz doesn’t miss an opportunity to tell people about Jesus, whether it’s in an aeroplane, a shopping mall, a Masonic Lodge or a Mosque. He stands up and boldly tells of the hope we have in Jesus. “I’m so proud of my Dad and I want to tell the world about Him. For God so loved the world, He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). That’s so beautiful.”

 

Make contact with Daz to minister or train your church in evangelism, or speak to your young people via www.dazchettle.com. To financially sponsor God’s work through Daz you can also do this through his website.

 

Acts 4:13 (NIV)
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realised that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.