Not too long ago these words felt like the hardest thing to say, ---- until I realized that there are 1000’s of South African families whose lives have been afflicted by the horrifying consequences of having a drug-addict child in the family. I have recently sent out a letter via e-mail to all my contacts hoping that the power of prayer will make a difference, --- and I know it will. It came as a normal automatic reaction to also publish my letter on this blog in the hope that this will encourage debate on the subject.
My e-mail letter:
To all concerned family, friends and associates,
By now most of you are aware that my youngest son, now 19-years old, has been fighting the evils of a drug addiction for the past 5 – 6 years of his life. I cannot describe in words the heartache and pain we have suffered while helplessly watching this child deteriorate to a point where his life was basically hanging on a thread. To make matters worse the majority of us, including me, simple couldn’t understand why this was happening. Although we witnessed the effects these drugs were having on his mind, body, and soul, we had no idea how to combat this evil. Our hopes were shattered time and time again on receiving the news that he had “escaped” from another rehab centre. Although my son often pleaded for help, his actions often lead many of us to believe that he didn’t want to be helped. Even confinement in prison proved unsuccessful as drugs were just as easily accessible there as on the street corners of every city. The magnitude of the problem became evident when I discovered that every single rehab in the city was full to the brim. The few privately run facilities with an open spot required a monthly fee ranging between R3500 – R4500 per month. The situation seemed hopeless as we simply did not have the funds. I finally realized that it wasn’t just my own son’s life that was at stake here; there are 1000’s of other kids in this country living on the edge of death and destruction, and --- screaming for help!
Finally, --- to make a long story short, --- our prayers for help were answered when a lady who, among others, runs a program called “Adopt a Drug Addict” managed to secure sponsorship for admittance to a reputable rehab centre (Nieuwefontein Empowerment Centre) situated in the middle of nowhere, between De Aar and Hanover. At the time my son was homeless and missing again and was presumably living like a tramp somewhere in the slums of Pretoria. We weren’t even sure if he was still alive or not. On Thursday, 4 December, a small group of concerned Christians gathered at my home to pray. Three days later, I managed to locate the kid. As usual, he had sold all his possessions for drugs again, and all he had on him were the tattered clothes he was wearing. Family and Church members assisted with the procurement of clothes and other essentials and by Sunday, 7 December, my son and I tackled the long drive to his new home. I prayed nonstop during the 22 hour trip, travelling 1750 kilometers on fuel sponsored by the Church, in a car loaned from my brother-in-law. My own car was due for a service and lacked a spare wheel which my son had previously stolen. I simply didn’t have the time, or funds to sort this out, as my first priority was to get the child to a place of safety.
Some of you may be reading this news for the first time.
You are probably wondering WHY I am sharing this news at a time when people worldwide are celebrating a season of peace, happiness, love and hope. The mere fact that I have mentioned the aforesaid words should already indicate the purpose of this letter. I am not going to ask you for your money, so please relax! All I want you to do is to pray for my son and the thousands of other kids who have been conned into believing that drugs are the answer to all their problems. The power of prayer is so amazing that if you truly believe what you ask for, then your prayers will surely be answered – (Matthew 21:22 and Mark 11:24).
I you don’t mind doing so; I will appreciate it if you can spread this message via e-mail, your blog, or word of mouth.
The time has come for us to stop the greedy druglords and their accomplices dead in their tracks! We cannot rely solely on our government to tackle this problem. The more people we have praying for one specific cause, the more chances of success we will have.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
May the New Year bring you abundant blessings, joy, peace, and love.