Asha's Story

After going into church to sell drugs, the support Asha received empowered her to give up drugs and give her life to Jesus instead

After going into church to sell drugs, the support Asha received empowered her to give up drugs and give her life to Jesus instead

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A guy that used to buy drugs off me.
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He was standing there, he's like,
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"wow, you've changed so much."
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"Couldn't have made a better decision."
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And I says, "I know that."
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There's no turning back for me.
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Definitely no.
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My name's Asha, and this is my story.
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When I talk about church, I say I'm part of church.
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'Cause I was never part of anything,
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never part of my family.
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And I grew up with six, five- six girls,
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two boys in the family.
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My mom and dad...
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I actually left the house when I was 12 years old.
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Started drinking when I was 12.
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And that progressed to drugs when I was 14.
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Through my life,
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I done a lot of dishonest things
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and I used to sell drugs.
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And, I actually sold drugs on this street for 12 years
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and I never, ever knew the church was there.
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I never knew it was a church.
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One day I walked into that church
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in a recovery coffee, that was on.
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And, I actually walked in to sell drugs.
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But God never let that happen.
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God actually put somebody in my path that day.
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I'd seen what people had in the church and I was like,
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"I want some of that."
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We we're doing a Bible study, and Adele said,
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"if you let Jesus into your heart,
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you'll be forgiven for all your sins."
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And, that just, spoke volumes to me,
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and I wanted to do that.
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Through all that I never had to use, because the church
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were guiding me through, you know,
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and I've never had to use drugs again,
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and I just thought that was absolutely amazing.
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So I got baptised, and I was actually able,
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to forgive myself for a lot of things that I'd done.
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And I'd never had a connection, with my mum, because
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she used to beat me when I was younger.
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And, the first time I ever went back, she says to me,
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"I have my sixth daughter back" and that was just
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amazing, and I wasn't allowed to see my wee boy,
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through having seven court cases against me,
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for selling drugs and shoplifting, but with coming to church
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and doing the things these I do, and all these court cases,
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just disappeared.
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I was just, I was like, "thank you, God."
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It was just amazing.
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Having a life with Jesus is just the best thing ever
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and if you don't try it, how you gonna know?
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'Cause I was totally broken when I got here,
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but I feel alive again.
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I do feel a kid again, but,
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I'm learning how to live again.