Thembi Marie Jagers

The road to success is not easy but, "The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it (Proverbs 22:10)." According to world statistics, the gap between rich and poor is widening everyday and some, like Thembi Marie Jagers, who grow up in adverse poverty resolve to the get-rich-quick-route. The major flaw in this method is that often unlawful practices bring in the most money in the shortest amount of time. Thembi's story serves as a lesson to all.

I ventured to Johannesburg to carve out a future for myself and cut myself off from the rest of my family in New Brighton. When I saw that I was still not making it as I had envisaged I became involved in fraud and drug trafficking in 1993. My seniors were kingpins in the drug world who sent me on trips to Brazil with 'special packages.' R50 000 was the minimum payment for every well-executed consignment apart from the pocket money I would also be given. Fraud and drug money fed my family for years and none of them dared to question the source of my income. My life was absolute bliss. Poverty was thing of the past and my illegal dealings always hit a home run, well, until 1997.

One of my trips went sour when I was caught with drugs, while on assignment in Brazil. I served three out of the four year prison sentence and returned back to South Africa in the year 2000.

In October 2011 I was invited to attend a service at Jesus Dominion International when Rev. Tim Omotoso was in Port Elizabeth. Not knowing that Rev. Omotoso was a prophet of God I tried to cover up what I really did for a living when he asked me, as he preached to the congregation. Eventually without having confessed the man of God told me that I was selling drugs, not products as I had earlier claimed. God used his servant, Rev. Omotoso, to catch me red-handed because I was about to be imprisoned for life. Fearing rotting in jail, I gave my life to Christ and stopped dealing in drugs and committing fraud.

After two years of living on the straight and narrow I tried to go back to drugs, while a member of the ministry. The devil was reminding me of all the income I used to enjoy while enslaved to him. By the grace of God, I was not permitted to leave the country because of an impending fraud case. I was already at the airport at that stage. The police were called to affect an arrest but I then remembered J.D.I. I prayed in my heart saying, "God of Prophet Tim Omotoso have mercy on me." Immediately, the airport officials released me and told me to leave before the arrival of the police.

I am no longer a drug trafficker and fraudster but I am a full time member of the Kingdom of God. Crime does not pay. People need to come back to God, who will provide for all their needs. The ministry of Rev. Tim Omotoso has had a profound impact on me. I have imbibed the teachings of the Word of God. The unconditional love that the man of God has shown me has taught me to wait upon the Lord to bless me in His good time