I would like everyone to meet my friend, Siphiwe. We've been friends since Bible College 6 years ago, and he really has been a blessing to me. Without Siphiwe I would be, well, closed minded. He has taught me many things, and I've enjoyed seeing things from his perspective. We all need friends like this - friends who don't have the same background we do, friends who have had a very different life than our own. Today, he shared a very, truly, amazing testimony with me. Here is Siphiwe's testimony:
"Well this happened many years ago I would say about ten years ago while I was in High School. I had been suffering from Asthma since childhood and it would be even worse around winter times. My chest would block and I would not be able to breathe. I had to go to the nearby clinic for them to give me oxygen with medicine so that my chest can clear. I also had medicine that I had to keep at home so that I could drink immediately when I felt the symptoms. This meant that I could not participate in heavy sports like soccer and athletics as this would lead to my chest blocking. After only running 100 meters I would start coughing and my chest would start to block. So I lived most of my primary school like that.
I only started going to church around Grade 6 in Primary school and I would say that I accepted Jesus as my Lord and saviour at the end of that year. I went to a church in my community and it was one of those loud music and happy clappy churches. I enjoyed it very much. Praise and worship would go on for almost 2 hours or even longer sometimes. Most of that time included a lot of dancing and singing. So around my Grade 9 year in High school I was a full blown Christian. My love for God and his grace was at its highest. I had surrendered all to God.
At that time we were one of the most poor families in my neighbourhood but I was the happiest child when I was at Church. There was more for me to be unhappy as my life was void of good things but I can assure you that Jesus was enough to make me a happy young man. Around this time I was still sick and struggled with Asthma but this one evening at church around Praise and Worship time when the music was going. I started dancing and I danced without dignity, I danced like David that evening. I was praising God with all that is within me. I mean I was having the time of my life in the presence of God. I was dancing so much that I was sweating all the way from my head to the jeans that I was wearing.
It was then that I realised that God had healed me, I was not coughing, I was breathing just fine and I had endured the most hectic exercise which for me at that time was dancing that long. God healed me during my time of Praising him. There was no laying of hands at that moment but the great work was done in me. Asthma was gone and it never came back. The most interesting time of my Christian walk was then when I had nothing to lose. I had more lack and yet I was still fired up. It was one of the greatest times of My life. I cannot explain how and why it happened like that, but God Healed me in the most unusual ways. I was poor and had nothing and God came to rescue me, Jesus came and met me at my worst. I owe everything that I have in my life to this amazing Grace. Now my life is far better than it was then, but I always go back to those tough days and I am reminded of the true Love that God showed to me. God is not limited by how thing have been done before, so we should never limit Him to our circumstances. He is way bigger than that.
God meets you right where you are. He used normal people to change my life. Thank God for the obedient hearts as they made the biggest difference in my life. There are many things that I could say about this amazing Father as He has been super good to me. That is one of my testimonies Natasha." - Siphiwe