A Limpopo woman’s breakthrough was turned into sorrow and after she was beaten by her husband for testifying in church about their HIV status.
The local now make jest of her, gossip with her and call her all sorts of names.
Catherine Dube testified at ZCC church in Lower Limpopo that she got a vision from her Pastor to stop taking her antiretroviral drugs (ARV) following nine days of fasting and praying.
As she could not wait to share the news with her fellow church members little did she know what awaited her at home.
Dube had gone for nine days fasting and praying, and she stood up to testify the vision she got from her Pastor concerning her health situation.
After the service the news of her HIV status spread like a wildfire to her husband and all over the town. This angered the man and he then confronted his wife in a very rough manner.
Dube stood up after the service when prophet had asked if there were people with testimonies.
“Mrs Dube stood up in church to thank God for the vision she got during the nine days of prayer and fasting, and testified that she had been taking ARVs for five years and finally she got a vision from the prophet that she will be healed once she stopped taking those pills,” said one of the church members.
The testimony left half of the church in stitches, with some suggesting that she needed counselling. The husband told us that he was angry after hearing certain labels from his friends.
“I was shocked, embarrassed at the same time angry hearing people talking about my status and what angered me the most is that she did not share her status with me. I had to hear it from people. People could not take their eyes off me on my way home, everyone was staring at me like I was na_ked. When I tried to talk to my wife she did not see anything wrong with that and I was angry. I regret beating my wife as it created another story for people to gossip about,” said the husband.
Catherine said she was shocked why her husband hit her over a vision that had good news for them.
“I still don’t get it why he had to beat me up, people will always be people. You will find that half of those who were laughing at him are also taking these pills,” said Dube.