From Depression to Hope - Ayanda's story

From Depression to Hope - Ayanda's story

I am from Orlando West, Soweto. I have been a Christian for as long as I can remember, but as a teenager I suffered from depression, eventually being diagnosed with major depression in 2011.

During that time I felt that the church might not be my home for much longer... and then I heard about the Alpha course and decided to try it.

That was the best decision ever!  I enjoyed the course from the first day and when I heard about the Holy Spirit weekend I knew I was going to attend. The weekend came and when the Alpha team prayed for guests, I was just so hungry to be filled with the Holy Spirit and when I was, I broke into tears for what felt like forever.  When the period of tears and breaking down ended, there followed another lengthy period of peace, quiet and complete calm. 

On that day, after almost my whole life as a Christian, I had my very first personal experience of the Holy Spirit.

My life still has many challenges but since then I have a renewed faith. I know that I am "work in progress" and I truly understand that greater is HE that is in me than he that is in the world. I know without a shadow of doubt that my Redeemer lives. 

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