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.