At the beginning of the revival in 1967, while we were still at
Maphumulo, a young man come to me to ask for help. He was depressed thinking only of
He shared his sad story with me. He was on fire for God since he
was a child, and dreamt of becoming a preacher of the Gospel ever since. His parents were
poor and couldn't afford him a proper education, but he was quite bright. He obtained an
opportunity to study at a theological college, and he was delighted to prepare for the
ministry. At that time girls were allowed to study there too.
It then happened that he fell in love with a girl there at the
College. He had a great infatuation for her. The relationship grew and things went further
and further until the girl eventually told him that she was pregnant. It was a great shock
to him but he told her to keep quiet and tell no one. But one day the rector of the
college called him and asked him pointedly if he had been involved with one of the girls
and made her pregnant. He felt dizzy. He decided to deny it, although he thought on the
verse, "the truth shall set you free" (John 8:32). But the rector told him that
the matter has come to light and he was expelled. He left crying, packing his bags in
misery. He didn't have money. He looked for a job in vain. The family of this girl hated
him, and could kill him, for he had shamed their family. He was in despair and thought the
only way out was to commit suicide. Things only went from bad to worse. Eventually he
couldn't sleep anymore.
As he searched for help he came to Kingscliffe, where God also
worked in revival power, where some came together to pray and sing. It drew him. He was
touched and spoke to the one leading the singing and shared his sad story. The man sent
him to Maphumulo to speak to Rev. Stegen. He came and shared his story with me. I prayed
for him that God would intervene and help him as I had no resources to help him. I gave
him a room to sleep, and that night was the first night he slept properly in a long time.
Early the next morning he came again to tell the matter more fully. I told him that I
don't know how God will help but nothing is impossible with God.
He then shared a dream he had that night with me. He found himself
on a narrow road, climbing a mountain. It was as if he was alone in the world. It was
difficult. Suddenly there was a wall in front of him, that was so high and wide he
couldn't see its height or width. He cried to God for help, but he realised his prayer
wasn't getting to the other side. Then a voice spoke to him and told him that he couldn't
cross that wall for he had built it himself. He answered that he couldn't remember
building it. Then the voice told him that every sin he ever did were the bricks in that
wall, when he stole, lied etc., he was building that wall brick by brick. Then he started
to remember his sins and as he mentioned them, it was as if an invisible hammer knocked
the bricks out of the wall. One by one he remembered his sins and confessed them and the
bricks were knocked from the wall and disappeared from sight. Then he woke up.
As he awoke his whole life stood before him like a video. All his
evil, fighting, lying etc. were before him. He wrote it all down, and came to me with it
and we knelt and prayed that God would forgive him.
I shared many verses with him, like,
"The one who cover his sins will not prosper but the one who
confesses and forsake his sin will obtain mercy" (Prov 28:13).
Other verses also, "If we say we have not sinned we lie, but
if we confess and forsake our sin we will obtain mercy" (1 John 1: 8, 9).
"The Lord's arm is not shortened that it cannot save, or His
ear heavy that it cannot hear, but our sins have become a wall of separation between us
and Him" (Isaiah 59:1, 2).
He repented thoroughly and confessed and forsook his sin. His
whole countenance changed and he shined, and his life changed completely.
Afterwards he asked for work. My brother had asked me if I knew of
someone that could work in the butchery, and I thought of this young man. He earned a good
salary and soon could afford the dowry and he prospered, for the Lord had saved him. My
brother also told me later that of all those in his employ, none were as faithful and
hard-working as this young man.