At 15, Tamara Laroux felt weighed down by immense pain and heartache. She saw only one way of escape—suicide.
So one day after school, she came home, locked herself in the bathroom and shot herself in the chest, missing her heart by only a half-inch. Immediately, she felt her soul leave her body. And after a short journey, she knew instantly that she had landed in a place of deep torment.
"I instantly erupted in immense pain and torment, and all I could do was scream in complete agony," Laroux, the co-founder of Life Change International ministry, told Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of "Greenelines" on the Charisma Podcast Network. "I was in complete isolation, in complete loneliness. I knew without any doubt that the reason why my torment was so intense and so severe was because I was away from the presence of God ... there was no doubt I was in hell.
"All that mattered was that Christ was Lord, and I had rejected Him. So I screamed out, 'Lord God, send someone back to the earth to be bold enough to tell people the truth, that this is reality. Send someone back to tell them that this place of torment is very real and that You are a good God.'"
The pain and suffering suddenly stopped. "It was like this hand just came down and scooped me up," Laroux says. What followed next was an incredible story of redemption.
"It is a beautiful reminder of how much God loves us and how far God will go to reach down and save those who cry out to Him," Laroux says. "I can't go far enough away from Him that His love and His mercy will not be there for me."
To find out more about Laroux's incredible journey, listen to the podcast below.
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