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||Thulani knows that whatever challenges he has God will always be with him
A sudden death left Thulani feeling lonely
The bars in Entumbane, Zimbabwe were no strangers to Thulani
Ndebele — he was a drunkard, plain and simple.
He knew every place there was to get an alcoholic beverage, particularly beer.
He also knew that his addiction to alcohol was jeopardising his employment,
but he didn’t care because he believed that living with his mother and
siblings meant they would always rescue him.
“All my wages were spent on beer for myself,” Thulani says.
“I came into my workplace late each day, even though I had an ambition
to become a business man.”
In 1988, tragedy stuck Thulani and for the first time his family could not
“In the month of May my best friend contracted malaria and died,”
he recalls. “His death really hit me hard, as he was my only friend. I
felt so lonely and afraid, I needed someone to comfort me.”
Many people had been trying to share the good news of Jesus Christ with
Thulani for years, but he always ignored them. Even when he had attended
Sunday school as a boy he was more interested in having fun than learning
about God. Now he was ready to listen and take solace from the Bible.
“One day as I was going to work a lady met me,” he remembers.
“She shared the gospel with me and invited me to a Bible study which was
near to my home. I went to the study and there accepted Jesus Christ as my
Lord and Saviour.
“The preacher shared about the love of God and I was so touched that
someone could love me so much that He died for me. I knew I needed someone to
love and comfort me after losing my best friend so I prayed to God.
“I said to Him, Lord, Jesus, I believe that You died for me, and that
You rose again so that I might live forever. I now give my life to
Following his commitment to Jesus, Thulani stopped his drinking and got
married. He now has three sons and is respected in the community as a godly
man. He enjoys his new work as a pastor and knows that whatever challenges he
has God will always be with him.
“God has healed many past hurts and provides for my every need. I know I
cannot change the past, but I have the ability to change the future by having
faith in God and believing that He always keeps His promises,” Thulani