What Matters is the Life I have Now

Posted in Listener Stories

0107A young man in Ethiopia recently sent us a letter testifying that God's love can reach beyond both physical and spiritual bars. He writes:

"I am 27 years old and am writing this letter to share my experiences and testify to the changes that took place in my life while I was confined in a prison.

I was an immoral person exercising all the unlawful or illegal things and even sometimes committing crimes: robbing, stealing, burglarizing, abusing sexually and verbally, fighting and so on. I am not here to mention all the crimes I committed. Indeed I have the intention to share my experience, which is not pleasant, so that others may learn from me.

For now, I will just share my experience since the time of my imprisonment. It was not my first experience of being seized and placed in a prison, but this one was seriously putting me into severe stress and frustration. I was sentenced to five years that made me feel hopeless and helpless, spending my days weeping and wandering in my thoughts. My health was deteriorating day by day. I was suffering from nightmares and flashbacks during the night, getting scared and shouting.

There was a prison mate in the next cell, worried about my situation and trying to approach me. I refused to open myself to him, but he never gave up. Finally his efforts brought about results. He was talking to me, referring from the Bible, and his words were unusual to me, a different approach and a different way of speaking. Carried away by his approach, I gave up, disclosing myself to him, telling every detail about myself and my feelings.

He was a believer and was imprisoned because of a false accusation. I felt sad for him when he shared his experience with me, but learned a good lesson from the story. My perceptions and understanding of life has completely changed, my mind and soul edified.

He began to teach me basic Bible lessons and witnessed the good things God did in his life, introduced me to the radio ministry, and then requested a radio for me.

One may not believe the tremendous changes that happened in my life. The radio I got through my prison mate became my intimate friend. The Bible lessons are instilling new life, new thinking; and a new attitude in my life. I became a new creature in the Lord Jesus Christ. It does not matter where I am and how long I may stay here in the prison, what matters is the life I have now. I am praising the mighty Lord God for all the miracles He has done in my life."