Mr Thorizo Maduna, from South Africa, came to The SCOAN in search of deliverance from a life of addiction. He was addicted to alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, women, pornography and had strong feelings of hatred for people as well. It all started when he was 13 years old. He was heavily influenced by music in his life, saying that the kind of music he listened to led him to start smoking, drinking and taking drugs. He was popularly labeled as a “bad boy”. Smoking 20-30 cigarettes per day and drinking an entire bottle of rum was Mr Maduna’s normal life. He was addicted to the “fast life,” full of clubbing and sleeping around. Because of his lifestyle, he lost his job and his finances went down the drain. The only thing he had left was the air he was breathing.
The impact of the drug addiction in his life was so terrible that it caused him to feel like the entire world was against him. He felt like a victim in every situation because he could no longer reason well. The effect of the drugs left him depressed and even suicidal. Being under such a strong influence led him to dangerous places. He found himself in several near-death experiences. In one month he escaped three bad car accidents and he was nearly shot twice. Because of fear, he felt he needed protection and sought to buy a gun. After purchasing the gun, he began to have thoughts of using the gun to kill himself.
After 18 years of this lifestyle, Mr Maduna’s addiction could no longer be satisfied by marijuana, so he turned to cocaine. This drug warped his mind and changed the way he would think and reason. He even said that the drug would make him hallucinate so terribly that he even believed the sky was red, whereas it was blue. In order to finance his lifestyle, he had to turn to a life of crime, since he couldn’t succeed in his endeavors to start a business. Since he was a well-connected person in South Africa, he was able to engage in many fraudulent activities to derive money to fund his addiction. He could get anywhere from 30,000-40,000 rands on a daily basis.
“Addiction to intoxication of any form, brings on a spirit of lust – both to women and pornography,” he explained. This lifestyle led him to strip clubs in order to satisfy his desire for sexual affairs. He said that this lifestyle was like living in a prison, where one can see the light, but can never reach it because of the chains. For five years, Mr Maduna was on a quest to escape his lifestyle but he could never break free from the chains that were binding him. Even when he tried to pray, he would hear a voice laughing at him. He went to many places to receive help but no one could offer him a permanent solution.
A couple of years prior, Mr Maduna’s brother was diagnosed with cancer, leading his aunt to come to The SCOAN to collect the Morning Water. After ministering the Morning Water, his brother miraculously improved. Within a week he was completely symptom free and later declared free from cancer! This testimony made a huge impression on Mr Maduna’s heart that he wanted his own freedom. However, he had the idea that “bad boys don’t go to church”. He was later encouraged by his father to visit The SCOAN. Upon coming, Mr Maduna stated that he had no other expectation, only that he would get delivered.
As Prophet T.B. Joshua came closer to him during the service, something inside him felt the need to fight. Once the man of God came up to him, he completely lost control and lost any recollection of where he was. To his great surprise, the Spirit of God located him and immediately set him free from the bondage he was living in. “I felt like I woke up from a deep sleep and I felt alive again!”
“Coming to The SCOAN was the best decision of my life.” For the first time, Mr Maduna has been able to reason well and can think clearly. Every craving that he used to have has vanished, as though it never existed in the first place. Now, he can boast of a craving to read the Word of God. The advice that Mr Maduna gave the congregation was, “Pray hard, believe and have a genuine willingness to be delivered. God will find you.”