Ezra Matthews – South Africa
Ezra struggled with depression and intended to commit suicide. He was writing a book describing his pain since losing his mother and why he was going to kill himself. Five chapters in, he asked a local pastor to edit his book. He agreed and invited Ezra to pray with him. Eventually, Ezra was moved by the pastor’s persistent prayer and care for him that he gave his life to Christ and started attending church. Ezra’s grandmother did not approve of his newfound faith and told him if he continued, he would not be able to live with her. That night, Ezra paced the streets, wondering where he would go. He ended up at the church, and the pastor allowed him to stay there. During the move, he lost his book and forgot about his suicidal plans. Later, a friend introduced him to Pierre, and after hearing about Young Life, knew this was his way to share the gospel. Ezra is now an area director in Bela-Bela, South Africa.
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