Humiliated, rejected, suicidal
Methuselah's life became a living hell after his stepfather passed away and left him to be raised by his family because his mother lived and worked in another province.
"I was three years old when I moved in with my stepfather who lived in his family house with his siblings and their children. He loved and took good care of me. That however changed after he passed away three years later as his siblings ill-treated me. They took my clothes and shoes and gave them to their children.
They sometimes made me go for three days without food. I told my mother how I was treated but they told her I was a liar and pretended to be good to me whenever she visited us. They would beat me up and even spit on my face because I told my mother what they did to me. I developed anger and I hated them," said Methuselah.
A year after his stepfather passed away, Methuselah attempted suicide.
"I saw suicide as the only way out of my miserable life. One day on my way back from school, I jumped in front of a moving car, but I was not injured. The driver took me home and told my family what had happened. They told my mother and that was when she realised there was something wrong," he said.
He moved to Johannesburg to be with his mother. In 2015 his mother invited him to the Universal Church. He took part in the Chains of Prayer on Wednesdays for inner healing and Fridays for deliverance from suicidal thoughts.
"I felt lighter and happier on my first day at church. In one of the services the pastor spoke about a purpose driven life and that was when I understood that I was born for a purpose. I also learnt that killing myself was not going to help me because I did not know God. I surrendered my life to God and asked Him to give me a forgiving heart. After a year in the church, I was delivered from suicidal thoughts. I forgave my family for treating me badly and I now communicate with them. I now value my life because I understand my soul is precious to God," said Methuselah.