Justin Gambino Devotional: Finding Worship In Iraq
The episode tells the story of Justin Gambino, a Texas worship leader, recording artist, and songwriter whose life journey is a testament to faith and forgiveness. Raised in a devout Christian family, Justin's early passion for music led him to become a talented musician. However, in his teenage years, he succumbed to self-destructive behaviors, including addiction and legal troubles. Facing a pivotal moment in court at the age of 18, he chose redemption by opting for community service and military service over jail time. During his military deployment in Iraq, he had a spiritual awakening, which led him back to his faith and music. After completing his military service, Justin pursued a career in music as a recording artist and worship leader. He faced challenges, especially during the 2020 pandemic, but had a profound encounter with God that transformed his life. This article highlights Justin's journey of redemption and revival through faith.
This is a very special testimonial episode of The Walk Podcast and we hope you enjoy it.
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Who is Justin Gambino?
Since 2015, acclaimed Texas-based singer/songwriter Justin Gambino has been developing an enthusiastic following across the United States and around the world with his charismatic live performances and hope-filled anthems. With an EP, a full-length recording, and numerous cinematic music videos to his credit, Gambino’s signature songs include “Your Hands & Feet,” “Anchored” and “Going Under.” He’s performed at festivals, churches, camps and other venues, opening for such genre leaders as TobyMac, for KING + COUNTRY, Crowder, Casting Crowns, Skillet and Switchfoot.
Gambino’s testimony is a consistent theme in his music and ministry. A rebellious teen, he was arrested for theft at the age of 18. Opting for military enlistment and community service in lieu of incarceration, he spent eight years in the US Navy. While serving in Iraq, Gambino was asked to lead worship on base, rekindling a love for music he first embraced as a child. Battling PTSD and anger issues following his military service, Gambino turned to alcohol and spiraled into depression and despair. One night, on the floor of his apartment, he cried out to God for help and a new journey of redemption, hope and purpose began. Coming full circle, Gambino now holds the Brazoria County Revival each year on the steps of the Texas courthouse where he was sentenced as a teen.