Ethiopian Prisoner Lifted from Mud and Mire
March 31, 2014
Ethiopia — I am 27 years old and writing this letter to share my experiences and testify to the changes that took place in my life while confined in a prison.
I was an immoral person doing unlawful things: robbing, stealing, burglarizing, abusing people sexually and verbally, fighting, and so on. I will just share my experience since the time of my imprisonment.
It was not my first experience of being seized and placed in a prison. I was sentenced to five years, and this made me feel hopeless and helpless. I spent my days weeping and wandering in my thoughts. My health was deteriorating day by day. I was suffering from nightmares and flashbacks during the night.
There was a prison mate in the next cell, worried about my situation and trying to approach me. I refused to open myself to him, but he never gave up. Finally, his efforts brought about results. He was talking to me, referring to the Bible. Carried away by his approach, I gave up, disclosing myself to him, telling every detail about myself and my feelings.
He was a believer and was imprisoned because of a false accusation. I felt sad for him when he shared his experience with me. He began to teach me basic Bible lessons and witnessed the good things God did in his life. He introduced me to the radio ministry and then requested a radio for me.
One may not believe the tremendous changes that happened in my life. The radio I got through my prison mate became my intimate friend. The Bible lessons are instilling new life, new thinking and a new attitude in my life. I became a new creature in the Lord Jesus Christ. It does not matter where I am and how long I may stay here in the prison. What matters is the life I have now. I am praising the mighty Lord God for all the miracles he has done in my life.
“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand” (Psalm 40:2).