From the very beginning, our God gave of Himself to this world – “And God said, ‘Let there be light; and there was light’” (Genesis 1 v 3). We must understand that the source of this original light, was neither moon, stars nor sun. Such heavenly bodies were created only much later (v 14 – 18). God Himself was the source of this first light. He, being light Himself, imparted His own divine being into the realm of this world. This first divine impartation was a pattern for what was to come. Just as God gave of Himself in the act of creation, so He gave of Himself in the sending of the true Light, Jesus Christ. While the first light illumed the face of the earth, this second impartation would illume the heart of man.
The story that follows is of a young, teenage girl who encountered the Light of life at a crusade held by In His Name Ministries in the township of Diepsloot. Tormented by a darkness she did not understand, Thabiso was desperate for someone to intervene. Intervene, someone did. His name is Jesus!
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THE LIGHT OF LIFE
16-year-old Thabiso cannot recollect when the nightmares started, but when they did, her world fell apart. Initially, it was only the nights that filled her with fear, fear of the gnarly, demonic creatures that would appear to her, garbling in languages outlandish and incomprehensible. Soon however, she started to fear the days as well. She shares of seeing her dead relatives, the encounters so terrifying that she would faint from the shock. Her mother says that her daughter grew increasingly haunted and distant, constantly avoiding interaction with others. Eventually, she tried to commit suicide by hanging herself. Thabiso does not even remember what happened – “Something just come over me that day,” she whispers, “I do not understand why I did what I did.” Her mother, hearing of the crusade that would soon be starting in the Diepsloot area, was determined to go with her daughter. She had heard of this Jesus, a god who could work greater miracles than all the magic and fetishes her witchdoctors and traditional healers could conjure up. This Jesus could help her child, she believed it with all her heart.
The crusade came. Thabiso and her mother were in attendance. The Gospel was preached, the name of Jesus being lifted high, the eternal Redeemer, the mighty Deliver, the supreme Bondage-Breaker. An opportunity was given to accept this Christ as personal Lord and Saviour. “I heard the voice of God, telling me that I should give my heart to Him, so that He could be with me all the time,” says Thabiso. This was her chance. Her chance to be free of the torments, the darkness, the fear. Her chance to turn from death and embrace life. Rushing to the front, she stood with many others and surrendered her life to Christ. With the surrender, came the manifestation, and the deliverance. She does not recall what happened next. She just remembers waking up on the floor, her face wet with tears, feeling light and completely free. The next day, she came and testified. No more nightmares. No more fear. No more deathly visions. Only joy and peace. “God is with me,” she chattered excitedly, “Jesus delivered me yesterday, I am so happy!” Her mother, likewise, had given her life to Jesus. Eager to serve their newfound Lord together, both mother and daughter were jubilant. “We will come back tomorrow,” Thabiso said, eager to learn more. What a Jesus we serve, glory be to Him who sets the captives free!
Tamryn is the founder of In His Name Ministries, an evangelistic organisation dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Africa and the world. Find her on Facebook under Tamryn Klintworth or visit the ministry website at: