Loveness Pelekani went through a really tough patch in her life when she lost her job and then the father of her children died.
"This meant I had to bring up my children as a single parent and with seven of them that was not easy," says Loveness.
Loveness was brought up in a family that worshipped their ancestors. "Because of this I grew up not knowing anything about God. My parents never knew Jesus and so I had no teaching about who He was and what He had done."
As Loveness grew she slipped into a sinful lifestyle. "I was involved in sexual immorality, drinking alcohol and developed an unforgiving attitude towards others," she acknowledges. She would spend time at parties and drink with friends while her husband slept.
"My friends encouraged, even forced me, to act like a single person. I did not know God at the time, so I went along with them."
Loveness eventually started to attend church with her children. "I heard at church how God cared for me and how He sent His Son Jesus to die for me. I continued to go to church and the messages seemed to be for just me.
"Eventually I decided to become a Christian because I realised that God loved me and that He sent His only Son to die for me. A verse that spoke to me was John chapter 3 and verse 16 which says; 'For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.'
loves me”Loveness says that her biggest challenge as a Christian has been dealing with temptations to sin.
"I found the Word of God helped me," she says. "Especially 2 Peter chapter 3 and verses 11-12, which says: 'Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.'
"As I have grown in my relationship to God, I have experienced peace, love, self-control and gentleness," Loveness shares.
"A verse that has meant a lot to me on my journey is from Jeremiah chapter 29 and verse 11 which says, 'For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.'
"Such a verse has given me the faith to believe that Jesus will grant me all He has promised in the Bible. I have seen God restore my family by returning my estranged son to me after much prayer; providing husbands for my daughters and blessing me with 15 grandchildren," Loveness shares.
"At the age of 59 God provided me with a new job, which was not an easy thing, but I thank God for His provision and for His love."•