The end of a bootlegger

bootlegger picHe came, weeping and crying loudly under the conviction of the Holy Spirit.  

Joseph Kirubi Kinuthia, a 29-year-old man, had been living in Nairobi with his wife and 3 children. He owned a business that made bed sheets and loose covers for sofas.  Slowly, he yielded to the prodding of the enemy of his soul and backslid terribly.  He abandoned his family in Nairobi and moved 200 miles west to Nandi Hills to live with his aunt, who brewed illicit liquor called “chang’aa.”  His aunt hired him to smuggle the illegal alcohol from the countryside to Nandi Hills town. It was a lucrative business, where he could make a lot of money.  Very soon, he had fallen and was in deep bondage to alcohol.  Although he made a lot of money, he found himself going into deep debt because of his addiction.  

Joseph had many conflicts with the police and was a wanted man.  Deep bitterness and plans of revenge against law enforcement filled his heart. 

Joseph came to the crusade but became very loud and could not be calmed down by anyone. Some pastors took him aside and began to pray for him.  As they prayed, he was set free from demonic oppression. The pastors helped him to the altar as the call for salvation was being made where he re-dedicated his life to Christ.  He was so overcome with remorse that he couldn’t even give his name to the counselors. Some people thought he was too drunk or that he was just not earnest, but they were wrong. 

On Sunday, Joseph attended a church service in Nandi Hills and gave his testimony. The congregation listened in disbelief. 

Knowing the depths, he had come from, this bootlegger indeed decided to follow Christ with all his heart. Deeply touched by his testimony, a local pastor agreed to facilitate the reunification with his family. His wife had not given up on him. She was waiting for her prodigal husband to come home.  With the help of his pastor, Joseph began to revive his business. ( Report by Peter Ireri) 

The thief (devil) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 

 

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