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Prayer ends drug misery

This is an interview I done with: Christian Business Directory while I was in Tanzania.This is my story…

 

Prayer ends drug misery

A genuine desire for transformation led Brent to the answer

The morning I took this pic I was high on meth

In a neighbourhood where youth believed joining a gang was part of life, Brent Williams fell into this trap which led to drug dealing and violence, before a simple prayer rescued him from suicide.

Previously known as a kind person, he joined a gang and was soon addicted to methamphetamine and acting entirely out of character.

“I started to sell drugs to anybody to support my habit, as well as make a name for myself,” Brent says.

“The drugs I was using started to affect me mentally and that is when I realised that I needed help. But no matter how hard I tried I could not kick the habit.

“I believe that without a doubt that every drug addict out there is screaming out for help. Like them, I could not imagine a life without drugs.

“It just seemed impossible to stop. I believed that I would die a drug addict.”

Deep down he knew he had to kick the habit, as it was affecting loved ones around him.

“My parents reached out to me many times, but I rejected their efforts. I thought they were judging me when in fact all they wanted was to have their son back.”

After one three day drug binge, Brent came home one night so highly under the influence of drugs that he thought his parents were trying to kill him.

Retrieving a long kitchen knife, he nearly stabbed his own mother before something told him to stop.

“The blade literally stopped in front of her face,” Brent recalls. “I held them hostage for about four hours until the police finally arrived.”

Though his parents did not press charges, Brent continued binging on drugs until he was so tired of the never-ending need for money that he felt suicidal.

After announcing to his mother that he was going to kill himself that night, she suggested, “Why don’t you ask Jesus to help you in your situation?”

Brent remembers screaming back, “What can Jesus do for me!? How is He going to help me!?”

Then out of desperation, he thought to himself, “Brent, what do you have to lose?”

Having nowhere else to turn, he knelt by his bed and prayed, “Jesus, if you are real then You will help me with this drug problem I am battling with.”

After this prayer, Brent remembers: “I broke down in tears and wept like I have never wept before.

“At that moment it felt like all desire to ever want to do drugs again vanished!”

His mother asked someone from her church to come. He prayed with Brent and introduced him to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

“Even though I did not know Jesus I knew that it was the right thing to do,” Brent explains. “Here I was putting my trust in someone I could not see and knew nothing about. But it felt right.”

For six months, Brent studied the Bible, learning how Jesus had given His life for him and how to live at a Christian.

Brent then began reaching out to those still caught in the lifestyle he had introduced them to.

Me training my mom during one of the Social Media classes I teach at RLabs

“I felt I had betrayed these people, so Bradley, an ex-gang boss, and I went to some of the friends we did drugs with and invited them to a later meeting at a suitable time.

“They expected a prayer meeting, but instead we gently shared with these seven friends that there is a way out of this lifestyle. Since they personally knew us and how bad we were, we said that the changed lives of Bradley and I are testament to what God can do.

“By God’s grace, that evening all of them committed their lives to Christ, trusting in Him as Lord and Saviour.”

These nine men now serve Jesus Christ together doing intensive work in their community.

“This is our way of giving back to society,” Brent says. “I have realised that I may not be able to win over everyone that I have introduced drugs to, but there are so many others that I can reach out to.”

One of Brent’s first prayers was to ask God to restore his relationship with his family. He also immediately went to those he had misled, hurt and sold drugs to and asked for their forgiveness.

“My relationship with my parents has been restored,” Brent enthuses. “We now are once again a happy family and through God’s Word I have learnt the importance of honouring my parents.”

Despite what many believe, some troubles of life remain after becoming a Christian, Brent says.

“The difference is that now I have a Saviour I can ask for help to face them. In the past, I would turn to drugs and try to forget about them.

“Now, I go on my knees and pray, and I have a mentor who I can talk with.

“I am learning and growing spiritually each and every day. I think the important thing is not to condemn yourself when you fail but rather to immediately repent and learn from the mistakes that you have made.”

Brent is engaged to be married to Jessica in December 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day out at Cape Town Stadium

View from outside the Cape Town Stadium

On Saturday the Impact/RLABS staff went to watch a soccer match at Cape Town Stadium. This was our way to relax and spend some time together out of the office. I have driven pass The Cape Town Stadium many times and did not realise how huge it really was. Only when I was standing at the entrance to the stands I saw how huge it was. I felt so tiny as I was standing there and looking up towards the roof.

Me outside Cape Town Stadium.Behind me is the back of the stands

I will not be speaking about the soccer match as the results very disappointing .That is all I am going to say. However I have to commend The City, developers and builders of the stadium. It is absolutely stunning with its retractable roof that adds to the features. Well done to everyone that had a hand in this building this stadium.

Soccer Fans cheering on Bafana Bafana

I am so looking forward to going back to the stadium to watch another match there. Just pities I don’t have any tickets to the world cup match as our tickets that we applied fro were rejected. The good thing is that after the World Cup the stadium will still be here for us Capetonians to enjoy.

Bafana Bafana verses Nigeria

Celeb for Jesus/First Radio interview I did

So I have been on various radio and TV interviews as I have mentioned in my previous blog post. I was at The Impact Centre where I went to seek help with my drug addiction for about 9 months, when I got the opportunity to share my story on one of the biggest radio stations in our country, Radio Good hope FM 94-97 fm.

I was very excited at the prospect of speaking to and sharing my story with thousands of people and very nervous at the same time. In the past I needed drugs to speak to crowds and here I found myself having to speak to thousands of people that would be listening in. I was even more nervous after hearing that DJ Suga, one of our local celebs was going to be conducting the interview. Radio Good Hope FM was covering the scourge tik (methamphetamine) that had hit the Cape Flats. And seeing that I was addicted to this drug, and have overcome it (with the help of Jesus); it made me perfect candidate to be interviewed for this particular show.

The day of the interview arrived and I was as nervous as can be. However I knew that this was for the glory of God that I would be doing this. On that particular day they were broadcasting from one of our biggest malls and there was quite a buzz as DJ Suga was present and people came to see her. I was introduced to her and she briefed me and told me at what time I would be on. She then continued with the show and then the moment finally arrived. She signalled me to come to the microphone and where she was seated.  She told me in a gentle voice: “Don’t be nervous. Just be yourself”.

DJ Suga on the right doing her thang.

The interview finally started and she asked me various questions as to how I ended up in drugs and gansterism and what kind of things I did when I was high on drugs. I told the listeners my story and when it came to the part as to how I came off from drugs I grabbed the opportunity to tell the listeners that it was with the help of God that I was set free and when I tried it on my own I failed each time. So the message was out there. It was only through Gods help that I was set free.

Through the grace of God the interview went well and I could see a tear in DJ Suga,s eye while I was sharing my story. This was the first of many opportunities I would get to mention the name of Jesus to the masses. Stay tuned as I share another opportunity God availed to me to share with the masses.

*NB I regret not having taken any pictures of this occasion.If only i knew then that i would have a blog of my own i would have captured the moment on camera:-)

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