Delivered from darkness

Mandy Baker Johnson
She gripped my hand tightly as I prayed for her. Shivering and soaked through from the relentless rain, she had climbed willingly onto the van for hot chocolate, cheese and ham rolls, crisps, and home-made flapjacks. When we ransacked the cupboards to offer her a woolly hat, scarf and gloves, tears welled in her eyes.

‘Why are you so good to me? I don’t know what we’d do without you. My sister is on the corner down there, she’s freezing. Can I take something for her?’

Her words slurred and I wasn't convinced that it was Fanta in the plastic bottle from which she was swigging.

What circumstances had conspired to cause two homeless sisters to work the streets late at night?

And what on earth was I doing in the middle of the red light district, when I could be at home watching The Apprentice?

Eighteen months ago, I could not have done it. But then Jesus got hold of me, and has been changing me until I hardly recognise myself.

It began almost five years ago when I started having severe migraines that caused slight brain damage. I often struggled to breathe, had to use a wheelchair if I went out, had almost zero concentration and temporarily lost long-term memories. But then God broke in. My church prayed for me and God gave me a significant breakthrough healing. Full physical and mental healing didn't happen until four months later, when Jesus Himself drew near and touched me.

I was thrilled at what God had done for me, but He wasn't finished yet. Last year, He began putting His finger on different areas of my life where He wanted to set me free. It was a long and painful process, of repentance, dealing with addictions, and working through issues of rejection, control and manipulation. The very foundations of my life were shaken, yet Jesus was so gentle. As He brought each dark, twisted issue to the surface so it could be dealt with, I fell a little more in love with Him. For the first time, I began to comprehend that Jesus’ Dad had adopted me, simply because He’s crazy about me. Jesus delivered me from the darkness and I am accepted by God. He rejoices over me - and that’s enough to make me want to dance and shout!

Jesus has given me His heart of compassion to reach out to those who are trapped in darkness and show that no matter how deep is the pit, He is able and willing to rescue.

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  1. I loved your testimony. And it is so great that you are working with the women caught up in the sex trade. They really need to see Jesus' love. I am so glad I found your blog on Fellowship Fridays. I look forward to reading more and getting to know you and your ministry!
    -Miranda at

    1. Thanks so much for your encouragement Miranda! I love working with the women in the sex industry - they are remarkable people.