I would like to share the story of a young woman who gave her life to Jesus at our recent crusade in Hammanskraal, South Africa. She had come forward towards the end of the service to testify of what God had done for her that night. Beautiful, her long African braids were pulled back in a simple pony tail, her tweed jacket and brown boots betraying the chill in the night air. “My name is Kegomoditswe,” she said, “and tonight, I gave my life to Jesus.” Each word she spoke clearly traversed the short distance between the stage and those huddled on the stands of the Temba Stadium. A hush quickly descended. This young woman had encountered God. Every sentence she uttered with pregnant with His presence.
I had preached on the pool of Bethesda that night, from John chapter 5. The story tells of a man who had been sick for 38 years, being miraculous healed by Jesus Christ. I always explain how there is a sickness far worse than any that man had, such being the sickness of sin. This disease attacks more than the outer flesh. Sin is a sickness that leaves the soul of its victim bruised and bleeding, drifting each day further and further away from God. “Sitting on the stands listening to the Gospel message, I felt like that sick man,” Kego explained. “I felt like I had been waiting for years to surrender my life to Jesus. Tonight, was the first time in my life that I did not care what anybody else thought. I just knew that tonight, I had to give my life to Christ. I used to think I was fat, but now I realise, it was only the weight of my sin. I feel like for the first time, I am breathing fresh air.”
In her mid-twenties, Kego works with the metro police. On being interviewed by an IHN staff member after the service, she described her job as being very dangerous. “We work with guns, we work with thieves, we work with murderers, we meet them every day,” she explained. She had often heard about Jesus, but had never personally accepted Him as her Lord. Being the sole provider in a family that included her parents, her brother and sister, as well as her two small children, was a constant pressure. Having seen the posters advertising the crusade for a solid two weeks, she felt compelled to attend as the event drew near. She explained how she left her home to venture out to the stadium that night, being driven onwards by her need for Jesus, “I left all the soapies, I left my heater, I left my food, I needed to come to Jesus.” On hearing the Gospel message, the revelation of her need for a Saviour continued to sink deeper into her spirit. When the invitation was made to accept Christ, she joined the others pressing forward toward the stage. On praying a simple prayer to ask Jesus to be her Lord and Saviour, Kego described her experience, “I felt I was no longer on this earth, I felt the presence of the Lord. I felt so good after such a long time. Things have not been going well for me this past month, but tonight I feel nothing but the presence of the Lord.” Glowing with joy, she was jubilant. “I know all the bullet proof vests and guns in the world can never protect me the way Jesus will. Even if I die, I go to heaven. He is the best life cover ever!”
We thank our God for the greatest miracle of all – the miracle of salvation. One change life among many, what Kego had to say that night touched me deeply. I trust her words have touched you as well.
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: www.inhisname.org.za