Romans 12 vs 2 says, Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

We are called to share God’s word widely so that all can have a chance to experience this kind of transformation.

With that in mind, we received a testimony of a young man in Tanzania who, after his mother died, his father re-married. The new stepmother did not love him, and she even tried to poison him so that he would die. But by God’s grace he did not die, even though he suffered a little damage in his intestines.

After recovering, he went to live with his grandmother, but he was still hurt by what happened and was planning to take revenge on his stepmother.

One day during the Fikia Maisha (Reach4Life) group sessions, they were learning on “Emotional pain”. In this lesson, he says, there is one sentence that completely changed his life. It read, “Keeping pain in your heart is like drinking poison and then expecting someone else to die”. And another that said, “Believe in God’s power to help you overcome your pain”.

Because of this revelation, he said, “I decided to forgive my stepmother, and I took a step further to go and tell her openly that I had forgiven her. This would not have been possible before. It is through Fikia Maisha that I have found freedom from the bonds of anger and a spirit of vengeance.”

We thank God for the transformation that’s happening in the lives of young people through Reach4Life.

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