A woman trapped in a vicious circle of drugs, alcohol and crime has told her dramatic story to members of Spalding Baptist Church.
Yamileth del Carmen from Costa Rica was a guest at the church where she portrayed her journey from hopelessness to Christian faith with both a mime and talk.
It was part of a special service at the church led by former member Paul Newton who works for Christian missions charity Operation Mobilisation.
Yamileth said: “When I was 18, I lived on the streets where I was lonely, aggressive and started to hurt people.
“I was involved in gangs, took drugs, drank alcohol and I couldn’t understand why God created me.
“My brother used to tell me ‘God loves you’ and these words used to come into my mind constantly.
“I realised some thing had changed inside of me and I didn’t want to hurt people any more.
“I now help people with drug and alcohol problems and those who are involved in prostitution.
“I love working with marginalised people and it’s the best decision I could have possibly ever made in my life.”