A Suicidal Shift
Around the same time, Sumpolec recalls being plagued by scary dreams, and a feeling like the spiritual experiences she had so fervently embraced were starting to turn negative.
At first, she assumed she was doing something wrong that made the spirits angry and attempted to remedy it.
“I was aware of the shift, but I didn’t know why the shift had happened,” Sumpolec said. “And I assumed I was doing something wrong, and so I kind of doubled down with all of it, because it was the only place I had to go.”
That plan left her even more destitute, as she felt prompted by these spirits to embrace the idea that the only way she could heal herself was to end her life.
At first, she said she was fearful but assumed the lies being spoken into her were somehow truths.
“I definitely had to work up the courage to do it,” Sumpolec said. “I walked out [one] day, and it was like, ‘I’m not coming back. …I’m gonna trust the spirits and do this.’”
But her attempt to use her vehicle to inflict carbon monoxide poisoning and end her life miraculously failed. Sumpolec still ponders whether she was supernaturally rescued, as she has no memory of what unfolded before she woke up lying on the ground outside her car.
“I think I was rescued. I honestly think I was rescued because I woke up. I don’t remember stopping my car. I don’t remember getting out of my car,” she said. “I literally woke up on the ground next to a tree. So I fully believe an angel got me out of that car.”
Other attempts to end her life were fortunately just as fruitless.
Finding Jesus Amid the Ashes
As Sumpolec’s family chaos and financial woes worsened, she headed off to college — and that’s where she experienced an unexpected life change. The teen witch suddenly found herself rooming with Christians — a shocking experience, to say the least.
Those newfound friends eventually convinced Sumpolec to attend a Christian gathering on campus, and that’s when she was introduced to the Gospel.
“I still remember the whole sermon … it’s been 30 some years now … because it was about altars,” she said, noting how the message was, in part, about Elijah and the prophets of Baal.
She pondered how mistruths are often crooked truths as she sat and listened. As these sentiments are corrected, things begin to straighten out, and the pure, unadulterated truth becomes easier to see.
Sumpolec began to wonder if she, amid her witchcraft and occultism, had been living out a twisted version of reality.
“I was searching. I wanted truth. I wanted things that were true, and I fully believed that what I had found in witchcraft was true,” she said. “So when I heard that sermon … I realized that … if this is true, then this was off. And maybe this is the truth that I’ve always been looking for.”
That realization brought Sumpolec into the Christian fold and entirely transformed her life. She embraced the Bible and renounced witchcraft, which created tension with her father.
“It was like anathema to him because he was like, ‘I taught you better than this,’” she recalled, explaining how her father saw Christianity as essentially “stupid.” “It was a betrayal to him that I had become a Christian, and he was furious for a long time.”
Nothing stopped Sumpolec from her Christian journey. Today, she’s thankful for her “dramatic testimony” and often shares her conversion from teen witch to Christ-follower through interviews and the written word.
“I should be dead. I would have been dead,” she said. “I was truly transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.”
Listen to her full testimony on “The Playing With Fire Podcast.”
This story originally appeared on Faithwire.com, published with permission.