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'I will never backslide again'

Published:Saturday | March 26, 2016 | 3:00 AMShanna Monteith
Tara Jangalee speaks of her Christian journey.
Tara Jangalee strikes a pose.
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The Holy Book declares in Exodus that God is a jealous God and men must not worship any other god.

Many have only heard of the extent of His jealousy, while some have experienced its full intensity.

Tara Jangalee, for example, fell short on her promise made to serve Him forever and was called back to service in a rather unfortunate but, ultimately, worthy way.

"I got baptised when I was 14 years old, not knowing what I got myself into. I had gone to a convention and the service was so good that I told myself I had to be a part of this. I got saved, but because I didn't have much encouragement or much advice from anyone, a few months later I stopped going to church. I began visiting whenever I felt like," she said.

Jangalee told Family and Religion that it was not until she was 19 years old that she received her call back to Christ.

"I was at home one day watching television and I felt like my mouth was twitching. It also felt like my tongue was getting slimy and when I got my dinner, the food was sliding out of my mouth. When I got up and looked in the mirror, my mouth was leaning towards one side.

"At the age of 19, I had a minor stroke. I had to be taking all types of medication for it, but it wasn't really helping," she said.

ROAD TO RECOVERY

But then she had a thought.

"It's as if something said to me that I had to go to church to get delivered from this. Everybody was telling me that I can't get better because things like these take years before your speech and your face come back to normal.

"I started going to church and every other day, we'd have an early- morning prayer meeting, where we prayed hard and used our olive oil. Two weeks later, my speech was back to normal," she exclaimed, adding that she also received her first job, one that paid her very well.

Jangalee expressed that she believes it all happened because she decided that the things of the world did not suit her anymore and it was time to go back to God.

"Sometimes we're out there [in the world as sinners] and God is calling us back and we are playing hard, but He will do things to get our attention," she shared.

The now 24-year-old woman told Family and Religion that she will never backslide again.

According to her: "After all God has done for me, I tell myself that if I ever become ungrateful and walk away again, then I am going to die."

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