Osadi Lucas Molefe may have had to suffer a broken heart over many failed relationships but today she confidently says forgiveness has set her free from all her baggage.
Growing up in Botswana, Osadi remembers she was a very shy child but was also drawn to fight with boys she could overpower.
"I remember while still in primary school I didn't see any problem with fighting. I fought especially with boys I was stronger than," Osadi says.
Although she loved Gospel music and often had spiritual visions and dreams, her family worshipped their ancestors.
"Every year a witchdoctor would come to our house and perform rituals on us," she recalls.
These rituals did nothing good for her however and she had many relationship disappointments.
"I was in a relationship with one guy who secretly used drugs and when I asked him about the drugs he would deny it," she says.
"I decided to end the relationship but he started threatening me. He even came to where I stayed to threaten me. I developed a spirit of fear and started hating him."
Surprisingly, a good thing came out of this experience because it led Osadi to search for God.
"I just thought that it's God who saved me from this guy and I realised that the life I was living was not right," she explains.
Osadi wanted to get right with God but was not sure how to until she attended a training day in Gaborone where she heard the message of salvation.
"I decided to become a Christian because I learnt that Jesus died for me on the cross so that I could be saved and have everlasting life," she says.
She quotes John chapter 3 verse 16, which says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
"I felt this love I wanted it every day of my life. I prayed a prayer where I confessed my sins and accepted Jesus into my life as my Saviour, Redeemer and everything ... (and now) I am free!"
While Osadi had struggled with unforgiveness all of her life, it was at that point she realised that Jesus had forgiven and set her free from all of her wrongdoing and she needed to do the same for others.
"I learnt to forgive myself and others through prayer," she explains.
"I trusted God for the changes in my life and to overcome my sins and wrong attitudes."
She was finally able to forgive her ex-boyfriend for what he did to her, stating: "forgiveness is one of the most important aspects of Christianity".
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relationships”Osadi says after committing her life to Christ she saw a big change in her attitudes and gives the example of relationships that followed.
She explains that there were two men who promised to marry her but both ended up marrying other women and she was heartbroken.
"At first I started blaming myself and then I decided to focus upon God and forget about the relationships," she says.
After surrendering all her worries and disappointment to Jesus, Osadi then adds: "God showed me the right path to follow and when I started focusing on God He answered my prayer (for a husband)."
She was eventually married to a lovely pastor and says they enjoy serving in ministry together.
"God has helped me a lot through difficult experiences. Even after starting our ministry people started saying insulting things about my husband and me but God kept showing me that He shall keep His promises to me and he answered my prayers," she says.
Osadi says she find encouragement from a Scripture passage from Matthew chapter 6 verses 25-34 where Jesus talks about not worry about our lives but focusing on Him, knowing that He will look after us.
"God is the Creator of Heaven and Earth ... therefore we should seek the Kingdom of God and He will supply our needs."
To those who might be stuggling, she adds: "Accept Jesus into your life so you can be saved and have eternal life. There is no life without Jesus!"•