A turnaround we all needed
Poverty and illness robbed Mabel of her teen years since she had to find a job that she later lost through ill health.
"I was in high school when my eyes swelled up, became blood-red and I sometimes had blurry vision. I suffered from painful joints that made me feel weak most of the time. My family lived on next to nothing as my mother, the breadwinner, only earned R150 a month. My father could not work after he was involved in a car accident that left him partially paralysed. We lived in a dung house that sometimes fell down when it was raining. My younger brother, who was five years old, became completely blind. We sometimes went to bed on empty stomachs and found nothing to eat at home after school," said Mabel.
At the age of 16 Mabel had to find a weekend job in order to help her family financially.
"I worked for a catering company where I earned R300 and I was allowed to take left-overs home. However, my ill health forced me to quit my job and drop out of school when I was doing grade 11," she said.
In 1994 her uncle invited Mabel and her family to the Universal Church.
"The pastor explained the different chains of prayers. We all went every day and three months later I no longer felt pain in my joints and my eyes could see clearly. My brother regained his sight after seven years of being blind. My mother found a permanent job that paid her well and life changed for the better at home. I was also encouraged to go back to school and finished my matric. We later moved from a dung house to a proper house. I am now enjoying good health and financial freedom because I surrendered my poverty and ill health to God," she said.