I was raised in a poor, isolated family in Kenya. Like many children in my nation, I was taken to school by my mother, a single parent struggling to raise ten kids. She took us to church, where I was baptized, but as a teen, I rebelled against God and disobeyed my mother.
Overwhelmed by the darkness of this world, I began having inappropriate relationships with many women and turned to alcohol as my answer. I was a disgrace to my family. No one wanted to associate with me. Eventually, I couldn’t take it anymore, and I ran away.
When I was 26, I married a beautiful young woman, but I was caught in adultery, getting another woman pregnant. I had hit rock bottom and nearly ended my life.
I cried out to the Lord, asking Him to deliver me from the spirits waging war on my soul. My wife, whom I neglected and mistreated, displayed great mercy and prayed with me. Still, James 5:16 continued to roll around in my mind.
Therefore confess your sins to
each other and pray for each other
so that you may be healed.
I decided to pour my heart out to my older sister, confessing all I had done and been through. I felt out of place at first, but she held my hand and prayed over me, rebuking the devil’s lies I had believed. I was ready for a new beginning.
Following the violence that resulted from the 2007 disputed presidential election, I took refuge at an internally displaced peoples camp here in Kenya where I met brothers from ILI. They invited me to attend a Regional Conference.
For the first time in 22 years,
I experienced the true love of Christ.
I learned how to have a truly intimate relationship with God, and the value of family. Immediately, I was delivered from the spirit of lust. I know my days of adultery are behind me. I found true peace of mind and started loving my wife the way God called me to.
I have suffered and struggled my entire life, but I know God is faithful and mighty to save. I used to live in darkness, but now I walk in the Light. I will not go back to my life of sin.
*Matthew attended the 2011 Regional Conference at the internally displaced peoples camp in Kenya. He shares his story with you today as a testimony to how God has transformed his heart.
*For privacy, the name and picture of the leader has been changed.