In 1963 when I was 15, my parents died. My brother and I slept under bridges and
lived on the streets. At 18, I was already drinking at 7am, often instead of food.
I just couldn’t go without a drink. I would frequently drink all night and go to
work in the morning drunk.
I just couldn’t go without a drink
After I was married, my wife left me three times because of my aggression while drinking.
I promised I would stop drinking if she came home. I tried but I couldn’t stop. I
drank even more heavily. I would rather have a drink than anything else in the world.
Nothing mattered but another drink. After my wife left me for the third time, I
realized that the problem was me.
I used to pray “Lord, send someone who can show me what to do”
I used to pray “Lord, send me someone who can show me what I had to do to be right
with God and to give away alcohol.” I hated myself for what I had become. Our house
had been repossessed. I couldn’t hold down a job. We were evicted for not paying
rent and we had cars repossessed.
In an instant I knew that I would never drink again
A friend got me a job where a workmate told me that God was my only answer. He
prayed with me and I received the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues. In that instant
I knew that I would never drink again. That was in 1980. Both my wife and I were
baptised as a result of this – our marriage was miraculously restored. Our life
of misery and hopelessness was turned around by God who answers prayer.