Zimbabwean Evelyn Gidi grew up in a family that loved Jesus but she did not realise how important her faith was to her until she married someone who wanted to beat it out of her!
"My husband wouldn't let me go to church, so I would go to pray out in the bush very early in the morning, between 4am and 6am," Evelyn remembers.
"I was seriously in need of Jesus' help because my husband was a drunkard."
When her husband wanted to hit her, her mother-in-law would intervene and eventually they persuaded her husband to go to church, where he gave his life to Jesus and God changed him so profoundly that he became a minister.
"We led a church from 1975 to 2010, when my husband died," Evelyn shares. "All the people in the family became followers of Jesus."
Her message to others is clear. "Don't give up praying and fasting for God to reach people. Jesus is able to reach poor or rich, young or old. God can change anyone.
"And read your Bible every day," Evelyn urges, "So that you can overcome sin.
"Even now I still need to fight sin, like unforgiveness against people who hurt me," she admits.
Evelyn loves the passage Psalm 91 in the Bible, which talks about how God protects and looks after His people. It ends with: "Because he loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation."
Evelyn can testify to the truth of those verses.•