We don’t choose to come into the world, but we have the power to choose where we’ll spend eternity.


My grandparents raised me because all my dad cared about was rock concerts, drinking and women. My mother worked all day and didn’t have time for me. I received no affection or attention from them, so I became very angry and very rebellious. Wherever I went, I got into fights. I got into physical fights with boys on the street, sometimes for no reason.

When my grandfather died, I became depressed. I felt very sad and alone. I started going out to parties and drinking a lot, to the point where I became an alcoholic. I began to cut myself. Every ten days I’d cut my wrists. I tried to kill myself by jumping in front of a bus.

I had several relationships with girls and guys until I finally fell in love with someone. We started dating but, some time later, he left me. That’s when I hit rock bottom. I started throwing up after I ate. I became so weak that I couldn’t get out of bed. I lost a lot of weight very fast and had to go the hospital, where I stayed under observation for eight days. After many tests, they found that I suffered from deep depression and gastritis, but deep down I knew it was not just that.

After a while, I went to live with my mother, but I didn’t get along with her very well and I hated my stepfather. He humiliated her, cheated on her and sometimes even hit her. She was afraid to say anything to anyone. One day, I witnessed an argument. When they were about to get physical, I stopped them. We started to fight. I saw a knife and thought about using it more than once. I dismissed that thought and ran away. I moved in with my grandmother in another city.

My younger brother suffered from a crisis that only got worse with time. Since we couldn’t find a solution, we went to the Church for help. When we arrived, I discovered that the biggest problem was inside me. I began to hear and understand the Word. I decided to change. I let go of everything completely, I did my chain of prayer for my deliverance, and learned to fast and pray.

I was delivered, got baptized in water and, some time later, received the Holy Spirit! My life has been transformed!

My relationship with my family has been restored. I was able to forgive them and now I love them more than ever. Today, I am an assistant and my focus is to win souls.

Jennifer Ingrid Prates, 22 years old

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