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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.


Our life of misery was turned around by God





Bill   Bendigo, Australia

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