A burden of 15 years lifted
Nothing was able to help Noluvuyo overcome the anger issues she had for over 15 years until she heard the message delivered at the Universal Church's Good Friday event at Ellis Park in 2016.
"My father left home and stopped providing for us financially for some time. When I was 11 years old, my mother decided to go look for him and I was left alone in the house. I hoped that she was going to come back home with him and our financial struggles would soon become a thing of the past. Then I heard my mother had been arrested after fighting with my father's new partner whom she found when she got there.
My mother was sentenced to three months in jail. My aunts sometimes brought me food and one of my neighbours would come in the morning to wake me up for school. It was a difficult time in my life and I hated my father even more. To shift my focus away from my anger and financial problems, I started drinking when I was 15 years old. I hated and resented him because of the pain he put me through," she said.
Noluvuyo moved to Johannesburg with her aunt to find a job when she was 19 years old.
"I was invited to the Universal Church and I started attending the services, but I did not commit to God. At the church's Good Friday event at Ellis Park Stadium, I was challenged to forgive my father. I committed to God and asked Him to help me because It was not easy for me. As I continued attending services on Wednesdays, I understood that forgiving my father was good for my spiritual development and my health.
God answered my prayer a few months later and I was able to let go of the anger I had towards my father. I am at peace with him and have no intention of looking back as I have made God the Father I always needed," said Noluvuyo.