Visiting Australians shared truth

Mulaudzi Nkhangweni

A team visiting from overseas with the Challenge newspaper had a significant impact on Mulaudzi Nkhangweni life.

Serving out a sentence in Heidelberg prison for murder, Mulaudzi says he was once hard hearted towards anything to do with God.

"I was not a God-fearing man. I was irritated when I heard the Word of God and was influenced by my traditional culture," Mulaudzi says.

"I think it became hard hearted because I was a heavy drinker, a cheater and I was aggressive, often fighting with people. I drank so much alcohol to the point that I couldn't even remember my name or my way home. I was also full of hatred and jealousy."

His problem with alcohol was so bad that he ended up murdering someone while he was drunk.

Mulaudzi is not proud of his actions, now saying, "I need forgiveness from God and from the family of the victim I murdered."

Then one day in prison visitors from Australia arrived to lovingly tell any inmates who would listen about the good news of Jesus Christ.

Mulaudzi remembers that a pastor preached from James chapter 1 verse 19 onwards, which says, "My Christian brothers, you know everyone should listen much and speak little. He should be slow to become angry. A man's anger does not allow him to be right with God. Put out of your life all that is unclean and wrong. Receive with a gentle spirit the Word that was taught. It has the power to save your souls from the punishment of sin. Obey the Word of God. If you hear only and do not act, you are only fooling yourself. Anyone who hears the Word of God and does not obey is like a man looking at his face in a mirror. After he sees himself and goes away, he forgets what he looks like. But the one who keeps looking into God's perfect Law and does not forget it will do what it says and be happy as he does it. God's Word makes men free ... Pure religion is also to keep yourself clean from the sinful things of the world."

When Mulaudzi heard these words God's Spirit convicted him of all the wrong things he had done to offend God.

"The sermon and testimonies from the visitors inspired me. I knew I needed to receive God's Word and live a decent and good life and be the doer of the Word [of God]."

From that point Mulaudzi knew that it was not too late for him to turn his life around and live for Jesus.

"The message has changed my rock hard heart," he says joyfully, "Jesus is now my Lord and Saviour."

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