seven years ago many of my associates in the business drank and gambled. Once, on a business trip to the city, I
ran into a friend and he invited me to play cards at his house. Instead of going to buy wholesale merchandise,
I agreed to play cards with him, and ended up staying at his house for seven
days and seven nights. During the
entire time we neither slept nor ate. We only drank wine to quench our thirst.
At the end
of the seven days, I wanted to go home, but he persuaded me into staying longer
and waiting for another card player.
Meanwhile I went for swimming for about an hour. Exhausted and famished, I got out of the
water and ate some shrimp dipped in wine.
About twenty minutes later I vomited everything I had just
consumed. The expected person had
arrived by this time, so we play cards again. After about two rounds, I felt so weak
that I ate some fruit and drank a couple glasses of wine. I fell asleep and felt a cold
sweat. I was trembling
even under five down comforters.
was so afraid that he took me to the hospital. A doctor warned me that I drank so much
that pretty soon they would have to take me to a morgue. My white blood cell count was too high
so that I had to stay at the hospital for treatment. After my recovery, keeping the doctor's
warning in my mind, I dared not to drink wine any more. At one time on my way to attend a
wedding, I drank some beer. By the
time I arrived to the bride's father's house, I collapsed, and they sent for an
ambulance to take me to the hospital.
Because it was my sister-in-law's wedding, I decided to go back to the
wedding later. When I arrived, I
drank a glass of water and felt my body weaken again.
told my wife that my liver was already hardened so that the recovery would be
difficult. Possibly I would have
only three years left to live. I
was in a Home for Recovering Alcoholics for 41 days. After I came out of the center, I didn't
drink for about four months. But in
one occasion, while went hunting with my neighbor, I couldn't refrain myself
from taking in the alcohol. From
that time on, my addiction became worse.
I could finish six bottles of wine in two hours. At night I could see mosquitoes getting
drunk and passing out around me from all the alcohol in my blood. I neglected my family and my job, and
lived for my drinking. So my wife
left me without telling me.
Everyday I got so drunk that I didn't even realize that everybody in the
family had moved out.
point I didn't feel safe at home anymore because if I happened to die, no one
would even know, so I sold the house and moved to another city to do
business. I started to drink again,
and half a year later, I couldn't even walk a few steps without trembling all
over. At that time there was a
brother from the True Jesus Church living in the city. He saw the condition I was in and
invited me to attend the church with him, hoping that the Lord would cure my
period of time of going to the church regularly, I decided to get
baptized. Four or five days before
the baptism, I received the Holy Spirit.
I was baptized on November 1st, 1981. Right before the baptism, a friend
tempted me with wine. I decided
that this would be the last time. I
drank two bottles and before I could even walk five steps, I vomited it all
out. My whole head was red. Other
people smelled the odor of alcohol around me. The Lord had pity on me. When I was baptized, I saw the blood of
baptism, I was chastised by God because I was not aware of my sins. By His love and power I was completely
healed and blessed. Now my life is
stable and I am very zealous for the church. My wife had returned and encouraged me
to join the theological program of the church, to help me to understand the
Bible. I thank the Lord for saving
my life and giving me another chance.