Shonisani Mushiana compares himself as a young person to "an animal controlled by instincts".
"I was prideful, dishonest, jealous, ungrateful. I had a bad attitude, pretending to be humble and good but revealing my true colours when under pressure," he confesses.
"I stole my father's money, I got into fights almost every day at school and I enjoyed hurting others."
Shonisani knows that there was nothing in him seeking God and no way he would have found Him if left to his own devices. "God searched for me, sending His messengers to tell me about Jesus," he admits.
"At school there was a Student Christian Movement and they had a visiting preacher come to preach the Word of God, and I accepted Jesus Christ in 1983," Shonisani explains. "God's Holy Spirit convicted me in a miraculous way and my conscience changed. I repaid what I could of the money I had stolen and I apologised to people I had hurt."
Shonisani finds it important to remember 2 Corinthians 5:17 in the Bible, that says "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"
He started his own church in 2007 and now works full time spreading the good news of the radical change following Jesus can make to a person's life. •