For many years Benny Yu couldn’t remember any of his early childhood. When the memories finally returned he was overwhelmed with pain. But God has helped him put the terrible suffering of his early years to amazing use.
Warning – This story contains details of abuse and exploitation, including child sexual abuse.
‘My parents tried to give me everything that they never could have for themselves,’ explains Benny Yu. His mother and father had emigrated from Korea which had been ravaged by war, to California. They worked hard to provide for their son – so hard, in fact that the young Benny became a latchkey kid.
His parents, keen for him to learn music, hired a neighbour to teach him the cello. Between the ages of eight and nine, the teacher abused and raped him repeatedly. Not only did Benny never mention the incidents to his parents, he blotted them from his memory as a coping mechanism.
Digging into darkness
‘When fellow students at university talked about their first day at school, I was like, oh that's impossible, no one remembers that,’ remembers Benny. It set him wondering ‘Everything was very clear in my childhood after we moved away from that house so I said, there must have been something that happened there.’
As he started excavating the buried memories, a deep pain and then a dark depression descended on him. He sought therapy at college and God began a long healing process in his life. However, along with the healing came a powerful challenge that would transform his life.