God has given me a unique testimony of His grace. Following high school graduation in 1995, I landed a job at a karaoke bar where I picked up smoking, drinking and drugs. Somehow, I managed to hide my drug addiction from my family for over 11 years.
In 2005, I got married. Instead of spending the night with my new wife, I stayed up until 2 am doing drugs. I was severely addicted but was good at concealing it. My wife didn’t even know about my drug abuse until after our first baby was born in 2006. She threatened to divorce me; however, that pressure didn’t change my addiction. I kept using.
By God’s grace, my wife found Christ and shared the Gospel with me in 2007. Like many addicts, I didn’t see my need for a Savior. I wasn’t addicted; I could quit whenever I wanted, I rationalized. Later that year, I was arrested and was incarcerated for two years. During that time, my wife divorced me. When I was released in 2009, I was intent on earning a living by selling drugs. I was at rock bottom. I had nothing more to lose.
But God had other plans for me. My dear ex-wife sought me out and shared the Gospel with me once again. I didn’t want to lose her and my child, so I pretended that I was converted. Sometimes I’d even read my Bible while doing drugs. A few months later, I decided to go to a Christian rehab center for help. Thirteen days into the program, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with blood cancer. When I went to visit her, my whole life changed. In the midst of a horrible prognosis, her faith was strong. Seeing her faith changed my perspective. I returned to rehab, and after six months of a lot of hard work, I was sober. I made a promise to God, ‘If you deliver me from drugs, I will give my life to serve you.’
Less than two years later in 2011, I renewed my wedding vows with my wife. The following year, I became the pastor of a church created specifically for addicts and their families. I was filled with such satisfaction helping connect these addicts with Christian rehab centers.
During this time of immense growth, God desired to take me even deeper in my understanding of Him and His Word. In 2013, I began my studies at Hanoi Bible College in Vietnam. I am learning so much about how to study the Bible and how to share it with others as well. I have continued leading my congregation and am involved in various outreach activities to the poor, mentally challenged and widows who are mothers of drug addicts.
My vision after graduation is to start a rehab center at my church for people suffering from HIV. I feel called to teach them about Christ’s love. Once they have progressed in their healing and faith in God, I’d like to train them in outreach and ministering to others. I believe there is such satisfaction and enjoyment in serving others.
“God bless you as you sacrifice to support Bible
students like me. God is multiplying your efforts!”
– Nguyen Tuan Anh
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