After going into church to sell drugs, the support Asha received empowered her to give up drugs and give her life to Jesus instead
Asha’s story was produced by the Evangelical Alliance with the support of
A guy that used to buy drugs off me, he was standing there, he's like, "Wow, you've changed so much. You could never have made a better decision."
And I say, "I know that. There's no turning back for me, definitely not."
My name's Asha, and this is my story
When I talk about church, I say I'm part of church, because I was never a part of anything, never part of my family
I grew up with six, five
six girls, two boys in the family, my mum and dad
I actually left the house when I was 12 years old
Started drinking when I was 12, and that progressed to drugs when I was 14
Throughout my life, I've done a lot of dishonest things, and I used to sell drugs
I actually sold drugs on this street for 12 years, and I never ever knew the church was there
Never knew it was a church
One day I walked into that church, in a recovery cafe that was on and I actually walked in to sell drugs, but God never let that happen.
God actually put somebody in my path that day.
I'd seen what people had in the church, and I was like, "I want some of that."
We were doing a Bible study, Adele said, "If you let Jesus into your heart, you'll be forgiven for all your sins."
And that just spoke volumes to me
I wanted to do that
Through all that, I never had to use, because the church were guiding me through
I've never had to use drugs again, and I just thought that was absolutely amazing"
So, I got baptised, and I was actually able to forgive myself for a lot of things that I'd done
I'd never had a connection with my mum because she used to beat me when I was younger, and the first time I ever went back, she says to me, "I have my sixth daughter back
That was just amazing
And I wasn't allowed to see my wee boy through having seven court cases against me for selling drugs and shoplifting, but with coming to church and doing the things that I do, all these court cases just disappeared"
It was just
I was like, "Thank you, God."
It was just amazing
Having a life with Jesus is just the best thing ever, and if you don't try it, how are you going to know
I was totally broken when I got here, but I feel alive again
I do feel like a kid again, but I'm learning how to live again