Abandoned by his father and battling with an alcoholic mother, David Mbiga developed an aggressive attitude at a young age, a habit that set him on a path to destruction.
"I had to learn a lot of things on my own and later found out that a lot of my choices were completely wrong," David admits now.
At age 10 his mother decided to make a miraculous change in her life and started taking David to church with her.
"It was there that I learnt what was right and wrong from God and no longer had an excuse," David says.
Despite knowing what God expected from him now, David made friends who were a bad influence on him and he chose to go his own way.
"My worst habit started when I got into drugs and alcohol after being influenced by bad company," he explains.
"Drugs took me further in the wrong direction and I started to lie to my mother saying that I would meet her at church but then choosing to go smoke with my friends instead. I knew it was wrong but I did not want to stop because I wanted to be cool and popular with my friends."
David hid his true whereabouts from his family but found that drugs brought him more and more trouble.
"I was very aggressive and if I wanted something I took it. I used to steal for more drugs and ended up getting arrested for rape. The drugs in my system made me more reckless and forceful and I really regret the things I did."
This was not David's first time in prison and he knew things in his life had to change.
"I tried many ways to make my life better but it didn't work. I started picturing my life before I got into this mess and realized when my heart and mind were still devoted to God I was safe because God guided me to make good decisions," he says.
One good thing that came out of his mess was that David realized how important it was to follow Jesus Christ.
"God always has a way of guiding people and showing them the right path to take in life. I saw many miracles happen in the lives of people who trusted in God and followed Him," he says.
David saw some people praying to ancestors but He knew from the Bible that he only needed to rely on Jesus.
He remembers reading in John chapter 14, verse 6, where Jesus says: "I am The Way, The Truth and The Life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
"I see the difference between those who walk with Jesus in the light and those who walk in darkness – in their own ways," David says.
"I have been in a lot of danger before but I know that through hard times God will protect me and make me a stronger person. I see that God loves His children who trust in Him and makes them examples to everyone else to show others that He is a living God."
David says he feels most at peace in his spirit when he is singing praises to God, praying to Him and reading the Bible.
"God has helped me overcome my addictions and sins when I accepted His offer of salvation through Jesus Christ," he adds.
"When I welcome Him into my life He showed me the right way of life and truth. I know I can live a full life as I follow the Bible's instruction."
Instead of following the ways of the world, David says he wants to please God above anyone else.
To others he concludes from his experiences, "If you open up your heart to Jesus, He will change your life forever. He will never lead you down the wrong path if you trust and listen to Him through the Word of God, the Bible." •