22 February 2019

A meal of rotten food

From the age of 12, Princess and her younger brother had to collect rotting food from their local supermarket in order to have something to eat. Her mother was pregnant with her third child at that time.

"We survived on handouts from our relatives and the rotten vegetables that we collected from supermarket dust bins. We sometimes went to slept without food. We never had good clothes like other children," said Princess.

Her family situation started bothering Princess when she was 15 years old.

"I developed low-self-esteem and thought people were laughing at us. My home situation stressed me so much that I developed suicidal thoughts and tried to kill myself twice in two years. The first time I drank a half litre of paraffin, but I only felt like vomiting. I tried again the following year by swallowing my aunt's medication for kidney failure. I was admitted to hospital where doctors drained out the medication. The doctor told me that I needed psychological help and he booked for me a counselling session," said Princess.

She was invited to the Universal Church after she completed matric in 2002. She took part in the chains of prayer on Mondays for her finances and on Fridays for her deliverance from suicidal thoughts.

"In these services I understood that I was born with a purpose and God’s plan for my life was to make me prosper. I was also delivered from suicidal thoughts," said Princess.

In 2006, she enrolled for a course in nursing and found a job at the completion of the course.

"I am now able to provide for my family, buy clothes for my siblings and the things I need for myself. I know God as my Provider," said Princess

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