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End-to-End: I was a terrible drunkard until my encounter with the Bible - Kam

Chief Timothy Kam, the village head and community leader of Kam, a village in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, North Central Nigeria, has shared how listening to Proclaimer, an audio Bible device from The Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN), helped him to overcome drunkenness.
Chief Kam’s love for alcohol had gotten the best of him as he used to spend most of his time at the local drinking joint, neglecting his duties as a village head. His drinking habit had also strained his relationship with his family who were constantly worried about his health and wellbeing.
“I was deeply into alcoholism. I was addicted to it and could not stop drinking. I would move from one drinking session to another. I lost my business because I spent all my money on drinking.
“One fateful day, I saw Pastor Nyikwagh Ukum who invited me to an audio Bible listening centre. I was never interested in Christianity, but after several invitations and out of curiosity, I attended one of the listening sessions. That day, I was sober and found the session interesting with what I heard, listening to the Bible. I attended the next session also and that was how I continued to attend. I heard and saw that the Lord loves me and does not want me to perish. I also discovered that alcoholism is not a decent way of life and that I was leading a reckless life. I became ashamed of myself. Gradually, I stopped drinking,” Chief Kam said.
Speaking further, the chief said while he was living as a popular drunkard in his community, he observed that his skin turned whitish. “I discovered that no medication could restore my skin and I had to live with it for as long as I was a drunkard. I don’t know if it was associated with my excessive drinking, because I noticed that as soon as I stopped drinking, my skin gradually returned to normal. I also believed God must have shown me mercy and healed me. I attend the listening group regularly and now coordinate the group anytime our leader is not available. I thank God I heeded the initial call to attend the Bible listening session. I do not know what would have become of my life if I had continued drinking,” he added.
Pastor Ukum, one of BSN’s partners in Benue State, said that the members of Kam community were pleasantly surprised at the transformation that took place in Chief Kam’s life. They could not believe that the man they had known as a drunkard is now a responsible leader. According to him, Chief Kam had lost the respect of his subjects before his transformation.
Chief Kam’s newfound faith in God has not only transformed his life but also positively impacted his community. He shared his story of transformation and encouraged others to turn to God for help.
The Chief’s story is a testimony of the power of God to transform lives. He went from being a drunkard to a respected community leader who inspired many others to turn their lives around.

End-to-End is a programme of The Bible Society of Nigeria which provides a platform for people to listen to the Proclaimer, an audio Bible device, in their preferred languages. It is open for sponsorship and if you desire to be part of it, kindly send a mail to: info@biblesociety-nigeria.org or call: 08159094116