IN HER OWN WORDS: AISHA'S STORY OF HOPE
I am 32 years old and have been a believer in Christ for nine years. But before then, my life was horrible! On my 20th birthday, I started to use drugs. My first drug was ecstasy, and I also started to smoke cigarettes. Not long after, I had sex with my boyfriend for the first time.
As my relationship with my boyfriend went on, I became more and more distant from my family. It didn’t take long before I started staying at his house. It started with one day. Then it became a month. Then I just didn’t go home. For two years, I called home only every three days or so. My days were filled with drugs, drinking and sex. I was so messed up.
When I was 22, I finally left my boyfriend, but my life only became worse. That first year I wasn’t with him, I started sleeping around. The guys I was having sex with were big-time drug dealers in my city, and I was part of their inner circle. Because my family didn’t approve of my life, I tried to stay away from home as much as I could. I wanted just to run away for good!
A GLIMMER OF HOPE
During this time, my mom and sister became believers in Jesus. I thought that what they believed was all fake. Then, I really wanted to run away from home! So I moved back into my original boyfriend’s house, going home only to ask for money.
Once when I came home, there was a house-church meeting there. I ran into my bedroom, hoping no one had seen me. I didn’t say “hi” to anyone, and I locked my bedroom door so that nobody would come in. I waited until everybody left, then I came out. I thought to myself, “This is just their new game, just something to do with their time.”
Over the next two years, every time I came home, my mom would make me read a prayer with her. Because I wanted money from her, I would do it. Later, I realized I was saying the prayer of repentance and acceptance of salvation in Christ. At that time, though, it wasn’t important to me what I was saying, because I didn’t believe in it.
When my sister got married, she and my brother-in-law lived with my parents for six months. Once, when I went to the house while they were living there, I started talking to my brother-in-law. I was surprised that he was like a friend to me. In fact, I felt like he was my best friend. I don’t know why, or how, but I told him everything about my life.
But I still didn’t want to go to church. When a church meeting was at our house, I would leave. Then, one day my brother-in-law asked me to come to church. He said that afterward, we could check out the city together. I told him that even though I didn’t want to go to church, I’d go anyway because I wanted to go out.
Then he said, “You don’t have to come to church. I’ll pick you up afterward, and we’ll still go out.” When he said that, peace came over me. He wasn’t forcing me to go to church.
A MIRACULOUS ENCOUNTER
So that day was the first day I went to church. At first, I looked at the people with cynicism. I didn’t understand what they were saying, and I thought, “They just don’t have anything else better to do. They think they are so happy, but it’s not real.”
But when we started to worship, I felt something completely new. My body was shaking, and I felt love like never before. I felt that Jesus grabbed my hand and pulled me from the ditch of sin I was in. I didn’t know what was happening. Maybe it was because of all the prayers my brother-in-law had been saying for me since we met. I didn’t know what kind of encounter this was, what touch this was, or what love this was—but it was so awesome, sweet and pure!
After church, my brother-in-law and I went out and when we came home, I told him what I had experienced. Then he urged me to stay home, never go back to my boyfriend’s house again, and forget him.
ALL THINGS MADE NEW
It was amazing to me that I was able to leave my boyfriend, stop smoking cigarettes, and quit taking drugs. After my encounter with Jesus, I wasn’t addicted to those things anymore. I couldn’t believe it! I didn’t go through withdrawals, and I didn’t use anything to help me get free of my addiction, not even one pill. I stopped everything at once, cold! For me, this was a miracle from Jesus.
My boyfriend pleaded with me to come back, and even came after me. I was afraid to walk out in public because he would jump out and attack me. One time, he tried to run me over with his car, but Jesus saved me from harm.
To leave my boyfriend after seven years and leave that dirty life full of pain just because I had been touched by Jesus once, was a miracle. Jesus finished everything for me in one night. Then He made everything new again… in time.
My life started from zero again. I got married and we had a daughter. But my husband left me, and our marriage ended in divorce. I had started a ministry to drug addicts and continued on with it. Jesus became my husband, and I loved Jesus more and more every day.
I got married again eventually. Now, I have so much joy in this marriage, and I praise the Lord. My husband also serves in ministry with me and now my daughter is 5. She knows Jesus, she prays, and she has a beautiful relationship with the Lord. I am serving the Lord with all my mind, body, and soul. I have given my life, my husband, and my child to the Lord so I can serve Him with all that I am without anything in the way. Nothing can separate me from Jesus.