Miriam, 33, grew up in a poor family in Middleburg,in the Eastern Cape. Only her mother had work to support six children.
She moved to Cape Town to look for a job in 1999. There she lived with her sister and her family of three in a one-roomed shack. After she joined the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, she started to become involved in the movements of faith and the “318″ meetings which encourage people to overcome financial problems.
“I took a stand against my situation. I continued to come to the church and believed that God was with me,” Miriam said. She found a job selling clothes at a hawker’s stall. Months later the owner of the stall offered to sell the business to her.”This happened when the Campaign of Israel was taking place. I had committed myself with the assurance that something great was about to happen in my life.
I asked God to bless my finances,” she said.
During the campaign, the manager of a furniture shop opposite the stall offered her a job as a sales lady. With the money she earned, she manage to buy the clothing stall. Miriam stayed true to her faith. In the next campaign she was able to buy a car, a Citroen C3. Her clothing business grew and she eventually opened two clothing shops in Paarl. Several months later, God blessed her with marriage.”I thank God for for changing my life,” she said.
Universal News spoke to her sister, Sophie. ” I was not happy to see my sister suffering the way she was,even though I was not better myself. My husband used to complain about us not having privacy when she lived with us in the shack. I could not throw her out. She needed my help. I’m happy to see her life going well and I know that God has great plans for all of us,”she said.