Right from a young age, Sara Turay from Sierra Leone found herself living a rough life. She was the free type and soon found herself in a group of bad friends living wayward lives. Her innocence ebbed away all too soon. Clubbing became a regular pastime and this led her to other lurid acts. Men soon introduced her to alcohol and she became addicted. For 30 years, the addiction ruled her life, controlling her every move. She would get agitated so e…asily and her own daughter became her punch bag, literally! Moving to Holland, she had hoped that she would get a new lease on life. But the addiction got stronger and she met another group of bad friends, even more sinister than the first.
Her story had another twist when police became regular visitors at their house. Neighbours would hear her beating her daughter and instantly report to the police. On several occasions, the authorities attempted to remove her daughter from her care but her daughter resolutely stayed with her mum, praying that one day, a change would come. Advice, counseling and therapy of various kinds did nothing to stop her raucous lifestyle. Within her, Sara wanted to stop but it was beyond the limits of her own control.
Her house was the number one spot for a party and on one particular day, Sara was planning a big one with all her friends. That same day, she received a call from a friend telling her to watch Emmanuel TV. Rather disgruntled as this interrupted her party plans, Sara tuned in. As she watched, it was as if scales were removed from her eyes. She could not stop. Her friends later came for the party but left annoyed as they were uncomfortable with Emmanuel TV in the house.
That night marked the end of her age-long addiction. In a dream, she saw herself chained hands and feet in a deep dark pit. Then suddenly, Prophet T.B. Joshua appeared, praying for her, in the name of Jesus. Her chains were instantly loosed and he led her out of the pit into the bright light of God. Getting up the next morning, Sara proceeded on her usual routine to go to the local shop and get her favourite alcoholic drink. To her shock, as soon as she tried it, she had to spit it out.
The freedom did not end there. All desire for drugs, alcohol and cigarettes stopped from that moment. The urge to go out and meet men was also quenched. Her circle of friends could no longer accommodate her new life and left her.
Sara could not put into words what Jesus Christ had done for her through Emmanuel TV. She can now concentrate, focus, take care of her children and read the Bible with all her heart.
Sara’s daughter spoke of her ordeal when her mum was beating her on a regular basis. “They tried to take me away many times but I decided I would never leave my mum no matter how bad things got” she said. “I knew that one the sun would still shine on us. I am happy that my mum is responsible and free at last.”