My name is Elizabeth, and I want to share my testimony about what God has done in my life. I used to work as a model in Paris and New York, and I was very well known in the industry. But despite the money and the fame, I was depressed; I met my partner in New York, and married him shortly after. I had a baby and I found the changes to my life very difficult. As a result, I started taking drugs to relax and find happiness.

In May 2015, someone knocked at my door, I asked who it was, and the woman said that her name was Lola. I opened the door, and when she entered, I saw brilliant sparkles surrounding her as if she was walking with God, but I didn’t say anything to her. I was suffering from severe depression at this time, and there was something very comforting about Lola’s presence.

I invited Lola to Omega, a meditation conference I attend twice a year. I woke up at 4:00 am every morning for meditation and yoga classes. I noticed that even though Lola didn’t attend the classes, peace came to her naturally. On the fourth day of the conference, I asked her where she got her peace and joy, and she told me about her life. Her story really touched me, and I wanted to know more about her. Every time I saw Lola, she was glowing, there was definately something special about her.

One day, Lola asked me two very simple but important questions, “Who am I?” and, “What do I really want from life?” That day, we spent almost four hours in a deep conversation and I learned so much from her. Her wisdom and knowledge was profound, I told her that she needs to share it with the world.

After my conversation with Lola, my views about life started changing. I learnt about the true meaning of forgiveness, how to love myself and love my family for who they were instead of having unrealistic expectations about who I wanted them to be. In all the years I had been attending meditation and yoga classes, I had not learnt any of this life changing information. I had wasted thousands of dollars trying to buy peace from gurus and shamans, but I didn’t find it until I met Lola. I had never met anyone like her, even though I was difficult to deal with at times, she didn’t judge me, she was very patient with me.

I didn’t trust people who said they believed in God because I was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, and it was a very judgemental religion. But Lola was different, I was drawn to her kind-hearted spirit. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior on 2nd September at 10:30 pm. All the wounds inflicted on me as a child by my parents disappeared, and we started rebuilding our relationship. That night, I experienced peace like never before and I slept so deeply. I am now learning how to forgive other people who have hurt me in my past.

A few weeks after accepting Christ, my father who I have not spoke to in years called me. He spoke kindly to me, and I told him that I forgive him. I stopped smoking marijuana and drinking, and I no longer have the desire to do these things. My relationship with my husband has improved, and my motherly instincts were awakened. I found motherhood difficult and did not appreciate my daughter before my salvation. The next time I saw Lola, I gave her a big hug and thanked her for everything she has done for me.

God is now an important part of my families life, and I can say with confidence that He does exist. Even when you are not faithful, He is; once His word is released, it does not return to Him void, and it was through Lola’s prayers that me and my family are now saved. The blessing of the Lord makes you rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.

– Elizabeth. Manhattan, New York

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