My name is Belinda Adlam and I am following God in my evangelism calling. I’m 27 years of age and I have a 5-year-old daughter, two sisters and a mom. I was originally born and grew up in Zambia. I moved to South Africa in 2007 due to my father’s ill health as he needed proper medical attention. I am Zambian by birth and South African by decent. I went to school in Zambia up until grade 11 and my final year I completed in South Africa which was a challenge for me due to the difference in school syllabus.
From an early age, I attended a Pentecostal church with my mom. I used to watch my mom read her Bible, which caught my interest, and I learned from there. I had a desire to dig deeper into the word and learn. Due to that, I have always had a passion for teaching and felt my evangelism calling. Whenever I would be alone, I would picture myself sharing the word of God with people.
I went to boarding school and during the Easter weekends, we always had a 4-day retreat. Pastors from around the world would attend and preach during that time. I remember the first time I made a real commitment to become a Christ follower. I was 13 years old at that time and in eighth grade. There was an altar call and I stood up. There were a number of people that went to the front. We formed small groups of about 8, and the Pastors came around and started praying for us. They explained the hope we now have in Christ Jesus. From that day, I knew for sure that my decision came from the heart. I had previously prayed the sinner’s prayer, but I never really drew the line up until that day.
Moving to South Africa came as a big challenge for me and my family. We gave up everything in Zambia and only moved here with our suitcases. We stayed with my cousin for 7 years until I got a job in a bank. I finally managed to raise deposit money to get my family our own place as my mom and dad never worked all through those years. My dad suffered a number of strokes and was bedridden for 10 years and my mom had to nurse him until he passed on in 2015.
During those trying times, I lost my way. I met an unbeliever and I knew it was wrong to have a relationship with someone that was not a follower of Jesus. But, I went ahead and even moved in with him. My walk with God went shallow and I could feel it every day of my life. I tried sharing the word of God with him and prayed continually that he would come to the knowledge of Christ and accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. However, he only criticized my beliefs. I knew I was living in sin and my life was miserable. I wanted us to get married legally so that we where living correctly under the right principles, but my partner never saw the significance of that.
My life finally changed when I almost lost my job. I was supporting my mom and sisters paying their rent as well as my own and the thought of losing my job scared me. During that time, I was praying like I have never prayed before in my life. It became significant to me then as I read the word in 1 Corinthians 7. I have read these scriptures before, but now the word came alive to me and God was directly speaking to me to leave this relationship. I saw that my relationship was hindering me from reaching greater heights in my Christian life. I finally made the decision to end my relationship and moved back in with my mom and sisters.
I have since then renewed my faith. I know that heaven and hell are real places people go to when they die, and I don’t want myself or anyone to end up in hell. Sharing the word to the lost souls has become profound to me in my evangelism calling.
I will be going on my first missionary journey to Swaziland in April 2018 with some members of my church. It is so exciting for me at this stage of my evangelism calling. Gaining a scholarship at Christian Leaders Institute will help me grow spiritually and improve my knowledge of God and the word of God. It will improve my confidence and help me gain boldness as I minister the word of God with authority and conviction.
I am grateful for the work that Christian Leaders Institute is doing and would love to be part of the school as I advance and moved forward along this new and exciting journey.
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