06 December 2018

I lied to my parents and never took my studies seriously

Trying to fit in with the group of friends she had, Phindile lived a wild life, lying to her parents and not taking her studies seriously.

"I was 16 when I became uncontrollable.  I slept at different friends' places for the whole weekend and lied to my parents about my whereabouts. I sometimes lied and told them that there was an excursion at school and I needed money, only to spend it with friends. I did not have time for my studies and eventually failed grade 11, three times. My family lost trust in me and we fought every now and then because of my lifestyle.

I wanted to change my life, but I didn’t know how to do it until I was invited to the Universal Church in 2015.

I noticed how disciplined and happy those in my age group were. I was encouraged to change my character and seek God. Two months later I was a changed person. I no longer slept away from home or lied to my parents. I avoided my friends by spending most of my time in the church, even on weekends. That's when I slowly re-gained my family’s trust.  From that year I passed with good marks and I finished matric and was awarded a bursary to study to become a chef. Four months into my studies I was hired as a resident chef at a very large establishment in the country. Opening my heart to God was what helped me change my wicked ways and walk in the fear of the Lord," said Phindile.