Joey’s* Story

I have lived a life of sin for the past 23 years. I have done quite a bit of prison time for things that I shouldn’t have done as I was a slave to drugs and a slave to Satan for far too long.

There are things which I have done and seen in my life which most people only see in nightmares. I used and sold drugs and some of the things that I have done are unthinkable.

I always wondered how long I would live in the world of those who sin. But now I have stopped living in the world of sin!

My life of sin came to an end two nights before I came to join the Concerned Community. Before I arrived I wanted to kill myself as drugs had made me homeless and had taken everything I ever had. My family had lost their trust in me because of the things I did and I had lost my dignity.

On the night that I tried to kill myself, God intervened. My mother and my eldest brother came to visit me as they had not seen or heard from me for a while and they arrived just in time to stop me from taking my own life! They asked me what I was doing and I said that I didn’t know – all I knew was that I needed help from God.

Two days later I arrived at the Concerned Community. I was addicted to tik (crystal meth) and it was difficult to break with this drug, but I told myself that it was now or never! First I had to ask myself if I was truly willing to put my all into making this change in my life.

At first I could not see what attending the daily meetings and speaking to someone about the wrong things I had done in my life would achieve. But God helped me to understand that these steps were necessary in order for me to become truly free from my old life and I accepted the Lord as my Protector, Father and Saviour.

I have been given a chance to receive forgiveness that I never thought was possible. Looking back I realize that God had kept me through everything I had experienced up until this point – it was His grace that had kept me alive.

Now I live according to God’s teaching and my wish is to share the Word of God with others.

Avoid drugs and alcohol – you will become a slave to them and a slave to the devil.

* Places, names and identifying details of individuals have been changed to protect their privacy.


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