28 September 2018

Drank for distraction

"Taking up the responsibilities of a parent for seven siblings when I was still at high school became unbearable for me.  I turned to alcohol for comfort. Life became difficult after my father passed on when I was 17 years old and my mother followed two years later.

As the eldest sibling, I had to fend for my brothers and sister. After school I sold tripe from door to door in order to put food on the table for my siblings. I eventually dropped out of school to fend for my siblings. That did not bring me relief because I still felt the baggage was too much for me. I also lived in fear of death and worried how was I going to bury someone if death had to strike again. To shift my focus away from my financial difficulties and the fear of death, I started drinking alcohol with my friends.

That worsened my situation because with the little money I made from selling meat, I still had to buy alcohol. I continued drinking alcohol, even after I had my own children and married. My husband also drank alcohol and he was the only person working. It became difficult for us to provide for our children and afford their school needs because we also had to feed our alcohol addiction.

My life only changed after I was invited to the Universal Church and started applying the word of God in my life. I was desperate to quit alcohol and set a good example for my children. I took part in the movements of faith in the church and I was able to stop drinking alcohol after two weeks in the church.

That same year, I found a job for the first time in my life and I was able to help my husband financially. Our children lacked nothing and they later completed school. They are now working, live on their own and they are both in the church with me. Receiving salvation gave my life a direction," said Henrietta.

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