Drunkard sees sobering truth

Jameson Kamenga
Jameson Kamenga knows what it is to be intoxicated with God’s love, rather than alcohol.

Jameson Kamenga was a drinker, brawler and womaniser until a bicycle accident changed his life.

   "I was sleeping with different women, about two to three women every day," Jameson admits. "I stopped working because of beer drinking. I had no time to work, the most important thing in my life was to drink beer and have sex. I thank God that I never got HIV."

Every Sunday, Jameson attended a Zionist church in his village, but he and his friends would 'borrow' the offering money so they could go and spend it on beer. He admits, "I was a good fighter and beat up people in the community".

One day, Jameson fought with a police officer and landed himself in prison for a week. When he was releas ed, he went straight back to his old ways.

"It was a nice day for me because my friends bought me more beer," he recalls. "It was like a celebration."

On his way home, however, Jameson was very drunk and lost control of his bicycle at high speed as he neared his village. His bicycle skidded out on a steep slope and he fell off, hitting his head on a rock.

What the Bible says:
Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
Proverbs 23:20-21
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
Romans 13:13-14
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10

"I was very badly injured," he recalls. "My brother came and took me to the nearest hospital where I was admitted. The next morning, a pastor came to preach the Word of God in the hospital side ward. I was convicted of my sins and believed in the name of Jesus. A month later, I was baptised [immersed in water as an outward sign of dying to my old life] and I started preaching the Word of God."

When Jameson's friends heard him preaching the good news of Jesus coming down to earth to save us from our sins, many of them were amazed at the change in him. "If this man, who was a sinner, is preaching the Word of God then what's stopping us from surrendering ourselves to Christ?" they asked among themselves.

"Many of my friends, about eight men, received Jesus Christ that same day," Jameson happily relates. "Ever since then, I have not stopped preaching about Jesus."

Jameson has since become a pastor at his church and has been there for over ten years.


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