One man paid it all

Drugs, alcoholism, hi-jacking, murder, housebreaking and robbery are no longer “the norm” of Jeff’s life before his wrongs were forgiven

Jeff Paraffin
Former prisoner Jeff Paraffin now goes into prisons to tell people about Jesus

There were no good men for Jeff Nceba Paraffin to look up to as a youngster and he followed bad influences which led him straight into the hands of crime and punishment.

Jeff was 17 when he began stealing to buy alcohol, before his involvement in a fight at a local tavern caused a tragic death.

"I stabbed and killed an attacker in self-defense," Jeff explains.

He fled after receiving death threats from relatives of the deceased but was later acquitted on grounds of self-defense.

He was employed for two years, packaging and mailing Bibles and Christian literature but admits that "excessive drinking habits" led to his dismissal.

"It saddens me that no one at this business told me about Jesus the Messiah and His saving grace and forgiveness of sin," Jeff comments.

He moved in with friends from his hometown after losing both his job and accommodation and they soon introduced him to gangsters and the underworld.

"Drugs, alcohol, hi-jacking, murder, housebreaking and robbery became the norm of my life," says Jeff, adding that this was a time he "deeply regrets".

During a bloody shootout between police and his gang in 1999, Jeff received a leg wound and a prison sentence but says, "It is only through God's grace that I was not killed on that day."

A year later he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for armed robbery and murder where he joined a notorious gang.

"I was so bad and evil that the authorities transferred me to numerous prisons around the country in an effort to rehabilitate me, but to no avail," Jeff says.

Yet thankfully God persisted with him in sending a Christian pastor to declare the forgiveness of sins in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

At Jeff's prison, a group of visitors held a Christian outreach meeting.

He listened to the visiting pastor explain how all people have broken God's commands and deserve God's judgement forever, but Jesus Christ came to die on a cross and rise again so that people like Jeff, did not have to be punished for eternity.

The pastor explained that God would forgive anyone who did two things: firstly, they must confess and commit to turn away from their sins and, secondly, they must believe that Jesus is God and gave His life on our behalf.

As the Bible says in Romans chapter 9, verse 10, "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved."

"At this crusade I had a personal encounter with the Living God through His Son Jesus Christ. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord over my life, and my life was totally changed," Jeff says.

After being given a Bible to study, Jeff joined the Prison Fellowship with other Christian inmates.

"While still in prison I studied, obtained a diploma in theology and was allowed to go out to graduate and be ordained as a pastor," he says.

After his prison sentence finished, Jeff became a full-time pastor and church founder saying, "I am fulfilling God's plan for my life".

"By the grace of God we have started two churches and I'm involved with the local prison outreaches."

Now married to wife Letia, Jeff says with a smile: "God, in His wisdom, has indeed given me His peace. Praise be to God the Father and to Jesus the Son!"

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