Before I arrived at Vistarus I stayed in Johannesburg with my wife Teresa and our daughter Faith. Our life and lifestyle was good, we both had good jobs with a steady income until we started doing the drug called “CAT”.
In the beginning we thought we had it under control but that was a lie from the devil. As life went on we started using more and more (well me at least).
I convinced myself and my wife that this is only a recreational drug habit, until things started spiralling out of control. I started using drugs at work (pick me upper) as I had been snarfing the whole weekend.
That was only the start of a bad addiction to drugs, pornography and everything that goes along with that.
I was in and out of jobs (Good jobs) and sitting as long as 3 years without work, but that did not deter me from using. My wife was still working, she had a fantastic job at Vodacom centre management at Vodaworld Midrand. Suprise, suprise after over 5 years of service things in that department also spiraled out of control.
But this time I had become the master manipulator, once again convincing her everything will be ok. To cut a long story short we moved into a one bedroom garden cottage with my mom.
Then a breakthrough!!! I was offered a job through a friend that had worked at a company did CCTV camera’s and Solar heating which I had experience in.
All is well, so we sold our car and belongings, got on a train and moved to PE. Everything was arranged, a house and a job. At that stage we were excited and scared.
We had left everything we knew family, friends and moved into the unknown. We arrived in Port Elizabeth at 8pm ready to phone the contact that was going to fetch us in the middle of town (Bad area) and take us to the hotel, this never happened, the phone number did not exist anymore. We were stranded luggage and all. So I flagged down a taxi which took us to the hotel, to our horror it was the red lion hotel (Dark dingy) we were scared. So we checked in with the money left in my pocket thinking it will be a holiday before I start work.
There was no work and the money run out.
We were told about Vistarus so we walked in on a Saturday and was asked to come back later in the day as there was no space for us. So later that day we returned and was told by Oom Kobus that we could stay. We thank the Lord.
It was certainly not the ideal situation but we had a roof over our heads and food to eat. We were certain that within three months we would find work. My wife found work and I started working at the plastic plant were I have now been a leader for two years. Everything seemed ok until I nearly lost my family, I went onto my knees one night and spoke to God, Saying Lord please don’t let my family be stolen from me.
It was a miracle. It took time for my wife to trust me again but I became a man of honour doing various courses through Vistarus. We have matured and grown in our Lord.
Recently we bought a car and our daughter got enrolled into Harvest Christian School, both the above a miracle. We continue to grow in love, patients, kindness and certainly thankfulness of what the Lord has done and continue to do. Vistarus, Uncle Kobus, Aunty Lynette and Oom Hannes believed in us (Me) like I have never experienced before. If it wasn’t for Vistarus I don’t know where we would be. THANK YOU
To anyone reading this GOD is good and he can carry you through any situation, all you have to do is BELIEVE, TRUST and have FAITH.