God doesn't let his people suffer
Bible character David in the Book of Psalms informs us that he has never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed (children) begging bread.
Shellieann Smart of the Bloomwell Olive Tree Church in Clarendon identifies with these words.
She testified that she was in a common-law relationship for 10 years, which produced a number of children, and wanted to surrender her life to the Lord.
However, Smart was hesitant because she was concerned that her mate would have pulled back support for her and her children.
"I gave my life to Jesus in 2004, which makes it 13 years now. God is amazing. There is nothing that is impossible for Him to do. I was out there in sin and it appeared very impossible for me to know God. However, one day He rescued me," testified Smart.
She shared that before she got saved it was like a battle for her to turn her life over to the Lord.
Smart said she went to her pastor when a convention was in progress and told him that she did not know how he was going to do it, but he had to have her baptised.
She said he told her that her situation was difficult and he was uncertain as to what he should do. But he said he would not turn down any baptism request.
"Many persons were unaware that I was going to be baptised. I told my children's father, but he was not in agreement. He was also not a Christian and was not really in favour of me being baptised," shared Smart.
She eventually got baptised at a river in her community in front of a huge crowd of witnesses. She remembered stepping into the water and heard the pastor telling her that he did not know how he was going to do it, but he was going to have her baptised.
"He baptised me and I went back home, attended a fasting service the following day and was prayed for. A church sister asked me if I wanted a job and I said yes. I got the job and worked for a few months. God was having His way in my life," she said.
Smart admitted that she went back home for a while because she was unable to get over her babyfather.
"But the Lord was not pleased with me being there with him so I had to leave because it was pressuring. It was like a headache to me," she said.
She said that one day she received a call from her babyfather and she told him she was going to move on with her life.
"One day he called me again and said he wanted to see me because he wanted to do something. I went to see him and he told me that he did not have any money but he wanted to get married to me. It has been 12 years now since we got married. It has been going good, despite some ups and downs," said Smart.
Although her husband is not yet saved, Smart is optimistic that he will surrender his life to God soon. One of her sons has done the same, and she is trusting God that her other four kids will follow.
"God has been good to me. He did not allow me to surrender my life to Him and then suffer. He has opened doors for me and my family and to Him be all glory, honour and praise," testified Smart.