Mr. Thia Poh Chye
If not for Jesus Christ I would still
be lost in sin and darkness. My life was empty, without direction or hope. It
was altogether meaningless. All I cared for was the satisfaction of my wants
and the pursuit of worldly pleasures. Drugs had become the only pillar that
props up my spirit and life.
I knew about drugs since I was 13. The
coffee shop across the road from my home was a popular gathering place for drug
abusers who smoked heroine-spiked cigarettes.
When I was 15 or 16, I met a classmate
from primary school. He and his gangs were all spirit mediums and drug abusers.
I kept company with them often and they would offer me a puff on their
cigarettes, which I accepted without thinking. With that, I would soon wallow
in drugs for the next 10 years.
Some of my friends from those days are
serving 10-20 year jail terms for drug trafficking, while a few had been sent
to the gallows. Many are still going in and out of prison, and some had even
taken their own lives. What about me? I continued doing drugs and when I ran
out of money I would steal from my parents, or my drug buddies and I would even
look for coins in manure tanks. Once we had enough money we would get more
drugs and share with each other. My addiction got more serious, and eventually
it led me to become a drug trafficker.
I was first arrested at 17 and sent to
a drug rehabilitation centre. It seemed like the end of the world for me. I grabbed
hold of the metal bars at the window and kept asking myself, “How am I to spend
my days here in prison?” This was soon followed by more periods of detention in
rehabilitation centres. Each time I was in confinement I would tell myself not
to do drugs anymore for it could only lead to my early death. However, as soon
as I stepped out of the rehabilitation centres I returned to my old ways. I was
given 3 jail terms in all and spent a total of 10 years behind bars. The lost years
were no deterrent to me. Instead I got to know more drug traffickers each time
I was in the rehabilitation centres and also learnt how to get drugs more
easily. Upon my release I had a few lucky escapes from being re-arrested, but I
was becoming increasingly fearful of being back in jail again.
This fear got me thinking seriously
about quitting drugs. It was at this time when a brother at Breakthrough
Missions remembered me. The first question he asked me when we made contact was,
“Do you want to change?” My instant response
was, “Yes!” Finally, I came to Breakthrough Missions in 1989. Three years later
I went with a missionary to serve in a gospel-based drug rehabilitation
ministry in Thailand. Owing to some health issues I had to return to Singapore
and to seek employment. I joined Breakthrough Missions again in 2001 and have
been here since.
On looking back, if it were not for
God’s mercy and grace I would have headed for destruction like the other drug
abusers. Praise the Lord! My life was changed because Jesus Christ saved me
from the dark abyss of sin and His truth released my soul from captivity. I am
now truly free in the Lord.
Jesus Christ opened my eyes to my own sins and iniquity. He helped me
realize my past folly and see the abject misery of my old life.
If not for Jesus Christ, my life today
is worthless. This is entirely the
Lord’s handiwork. I believe all that I have is from the Lord, and it is His
blessing that I am serving in Breakthrough Missions today. The Lord’s blessing
is also upon my family members for they have accepted Jesus Christ. Our Lord is
worthy of all praise. All glory be to God!
All thanks to God! After having
experienced the dark times of the past, I now enjoy the new life God has given
me. My life in the Lord is bright; I taste the goodness of His grace, and His
mercies are new every day. I can only give thanks, again and again!