SHE had been a magosha for three years.
But something strange happened on 18 February 2018 when a client paid R300 instead of her normal price of R150.
On top of that, the client asked that they talk instead of poking and turned it out he was actually a pastor.
He preached to Grace Mabaso and his words touched her.
“The pastor’s words were wise. He did not judge me, but encouraged me to be a better version of myself. He told me I could do something else to make money and not use my body.
“No one had ever said anything like that to me. I think I needed to hear it for me to look at life differently,” she said.
When the pastor left, the 35-year-old from Tembisa Ekurhuleni could not take other clients as she felt dirty.
She then decided to go to church the next Sunday.
“When I got to church, I sat at the back, but as the pastor was preaching, I found myself standing at the podium with my hands high up,” she said.
Grace said she was crying non-stop while the pastors prayed for her.
“I do not remember getting off the chair. I don’t know how I got to the podium, but that was the best day of my life.
“I accepted God right there and there. I never went back on the streets,” she said.
She said things were hard at first as she didn’t have a job and she prayed for one.
A month later, she got a job at a famous clothing store and was soon promoted to manager.
She also decided to go back to school to pursue her teaching qualifications.
“I am grateful to Pastor Jacobs who took his time and spent R300 to help me.”
Pastor Lucas Jacobs told Daily Sun he was passing a street in Joburg when he saw a young girl working.
“Something told me to go to her. Because I couldn’t just win her, I had to pretend to ask for her services,” he said.
He said he wants to make this a habit.
“Who knows maybe more Graces are still out there,” he said.
Grace’s friend, Zintle Thwala, said things were tough when Grace lost her parents.
“She left our kasi to work in town. Our friendship ended when I found out what she was doing in town. It was against my values.
“I was happy when she told me she had joined church and our friendship began again,” she said.
– Daily Sun