Before I came to the UCKG HelpCentre I suffered many misfortunes, the first one being me having to move out of my parents house as bankruptcy hit them, leaving us with almost nothing. Living with my grandparents was the beginning of my unruly behaviour, as although they gave me freedom to do whatever I wished, I began to take advantage of this by going clubbing and involving myself with bad company.
From the age of 13, I tasted alcohol for the first time. After that moment, I could not resist going out at the weekend without a drink in hand. And when I drank, I really drank. I knew the name of every bottle of alcohol and every individual taste.
I also began working at the age of 13, however only to support my party expenditures, which was the only things that consumed my salary. Instead of living in the day, I was living the ‘nightlife’.
The ‘friends’ that I had were not my friends because of who I was, but because of what I had and could give to them. I would be surrounded by people and still feel utterly alone. As a result of this, depression creeped its way into my life making me look for ways to fill the empty void that I had inside.
I started off by getting into prostitution with the goal of finding someone simply to be by my side, however my searching was in vain and only made matters worse. I could not stand to be alone, so instead of having a committed girlfriend, I would be with anyone who would come my way! I became a hired dancer in nightclubs living a life of appearance during the day, and promiscuity during the night. There were mornings when I would wake up, wishing that I could erase everything that I had done the night before, as shame would take over me by just remembering what had occurred.
However, I found the light at what seemed to be the end of the tunnel by coming to the UCKG HelpCentre where I found out that I could be born again! All the mistakes I had made before could be erased for good, which is exactly what I needed, so the journey to my transformation began and I decided to surrender everything on the very first week that I had arrived in the church.
As a person removes the clothes that are dirty and takes a good shower changing into clean clothes, this is exactly how I felt that day. The first day that I stepped into the HelpCentre, I experienced God’s power. I was healed from a physical health condition, and as I went back to the hospital the following Tuesday, the doctors confirmed my recovery. They told me that science could not explain what had just happened, and that I should go back to the place that had helped me thanking them.
I came that Wednesday and made the decision to start a brand new life and presented the shame and my past onto the altar that evening. I wanted to meet God, and that is exactly what happened! I finally met the One who would never leave my side, not because of what I had to offer, but because He loves me unconditionally. I received the seal of the Holy Spirit that night without even fully understanding what had just happened.
As a result of this, my mind, behaviour and actions changed immediately. All the evil desires I used to have left and I began to build a new life. I even went to a nightclub again and had a sip of alcohol. The taste had once been a sweet and pleasant flavour in my mouth, but it had now become something sickly and disgusting to me. I couldn’t stand it anymore! I felt like a fish out of its tank. The desire for alcohol had left me, and it was then that I knew I was finally free from the addiction.
I became free from my past and bad behaviour. I stopped living the nightlife and loosened all ties with the negative company that I used to involve myself with. Each and every day, I was taught about faith and began to conquer in life.
I later got married and built a family of my own, filling the gaping hole that had once existed in my love life. Since then, I realised that I was born to serve Him! I found what I was looking for and now I am never alone, as God is with me.
Pastor Roland Schlenker