Alfred Adonis was angry at the world. Angry at the fact his parents were alcoholics, angry they divorced and angry that no one seemed to care for him.
He chose to follow in the footsteps of his gang leader uncle and take his anger out in a life of crime.
"Murder, theft, rape and break-ins became my life," Alfred confesses sadly.
Angered that his mother was living with another man, Alfred wanted to kill them both under the influence of drugs but a voice in his head said "Don't!" stopping him in his tracks.
"I was dependent on drugs, weed and alcohol; my life was a mess, empty, and my family did not care about me," Alfred explains.
Sent to an institutional school aged 11, he went on to reform school and then experienced two years in prison from age 16.
After less than a year outside of prison, he was back in and was ultimately sentenced to 15 years for armed robbery and break-in.
In prison, Alfred was severely unaware of the perils that awaited him.
A cellmate invited him to join the '27' gang, but that night Alfred had a confronting dream about his best friend Jay, who was already dead.
In the dream, Alfred and Jay were buying a bag of sweets at a shop when Jay said, 'You cannot come with me." Alfred replied, "I will go with you until the end."
Alfred vividly recalls, "He got on his bike and he looked at me and said 'You take this road and I will take the other one.'
"As he rode off it got darker and darker as he disappeared into the increasing darkness saying; 'We all died without the Lord [Jesus].'
"On the road that he showed me, I saw a light. That light changed my life."
When he woke up, Alfred knew that without Jesus he was going to eternal suffering and darkness in hell.
Throughout his life, the name Jesus had never seemed to be far from his mind – no matter how hard he tried to ignore it.
"My Aunty would always invite me to church. Also, on street corners, many times a Christian would try to talk to me about the Lord Jesus Christ. They would tell me; 'Return to the Lord Jesus, so He can rescue those young men's lives who are here with you.'"
After that astonishing dream, Alfred decided to go to church in the prison, and put His life into the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ.
"I know today that the light was the light of Christ, the Son of the Living God that changes lives," Alfred says.
"Jesus Christ radically changed my life and because of His forgiveness, love and sacrifice on the cross, I now serve the Lord Jesus with everything that is in me."
When he believed in Jesus, Alfred says, "Jesus started working on my heart. That is why I say, 'The one who is in you (Jesus) is greater than the one who is in the world.' (1 John chapter 4, verse 4). Praise the name of the Lord!"
As evidence of God's power with him, Alfred says, "My manners, my language, my outlook on life and my approach to my fellow citizens, has all changed dramatically.
"Previously there was no evidence or concept of love in my heart for my family. Jesus gives me strength through His Word to conquer temptation. I can say this because I have put all of my trust in the everlasting Word of God."
One of Alfred's favourite verses is, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight" (Proverbs chapter 3, verses 5-6).•