Forgiven by God, David found strength to forgive those who put him in jail
Hatred, rejection and a lack of love characterised David Bulika childhood after his mother died giving birth to another child when he was only four years old.
When his other sibling died from malnutrition David was adopted by an uncle after being left alone and rejected by his nine stepsiblings from his father's previous marriage.
"This family raised me in traditional religion but because of their rejection and hate this meant nothing to me," David shares.
David realised that attending church was just an empty tradition for them because his family participated in drunkenness, prostitution and other things that dishonoured God.
David worked for the Kenya police Force but spent his entire wage on alcohol, sexual immorality and smoking.
"I got married, but life was no different. I drank and fought with my wife. One day I drove a police vehicle while drunk and killed a fellow officer. I lost my job without any benefits," he admits.
Losing this prestigious position caused his wife to lose faith in him.
"I became nobody to her and she began having affairs with other men," he explains. "She spent nights away from home and turned my four children away from me even as I tried to secure other civilian jobs."
His wife's vendetta against him ultimately led to him being sent to prison.
"My wife entered our house one morning with a police officer who arrested me. I was prosecuted and convicted of attempting to defile my own daughter and given a 15 year sentence."
Being in prison led to more abandonment from his family and friends.
"My step brothers and sisters completely deserted me. No wife, no children, no friends – nobody came to visit me. Life was hard. The only people who visited us prisoners and gave us soap were people from the church outside!
"I knew other inmates who were serving life and death sentences, but I found that they were happy and had a lot of life.
"They were preaching the salvation of Jesus to other inmates. They preached about Jesus and how He offers freedom and joy through forgiveness of sin."
A friend shared a sermon from Proverbs 18, verse 24: 'A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.' This friend then explained that Jesus is that friend when you submit your life to Him.
This same friend also shared from Isaiah chapter 1 verse 18-20, "Come now, let us settle the matter," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword."
David continues: "I looked at my friend as he shared his life story and told us that he is serving a life sentence and has been behind bars for 25 years. He appeared healthy and happy and I realised this was because of Jesus Christ.
"I realised that I have no other friends unless I give myself to Jesus Christ. Without Jesus I knew my ten years in prison will be a heavy burden."
David believed that Jesus took the punishment for his sins and submitted to Him as King and Saviour of his life.
After this firm decision, David says, "For the first time I experienced peace in my heart. The feeling of hate and rejection disappeared. I felt loved again by God. I wanted to forgive my wife."
The transformation was like a spiritual rebirth, as he says, "I feel like somebody who was born yesterday."
He is now thankful God has given him new positive Christian friends, as well as a new purpose and his family again.
"God is using me to reach out in other situations with other prisoners, to call them to faith in Jesus Christ," David explains.
"God has also reunited me with my family, especially my kids, including the one that alleged I attempted to defile her. My step brothers also visit me regularly."
David says he still feels tempted to do wrong at times, but through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit he is no longer enslaved to those feelings.
"Whenever I try to think or do a bad thing I am always reminded through the Holy Spirit that what I am about to do is wrong.
"In Jesus there is relief, love and, above all, hope. Jesus forgives what you did regardless of the gravity of the offence. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, says the Bible. 'If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation,' says 1 Corinthians 5, verse 17; 'the old has passed away; behold, the new has come.'" •