A teenage ex-witch recounts her suicidal struggles before finding God
A self-described former ‘teenage witch’ who struggled with suicidal thoughts says her life was transformed after she surrendered to Jesus Christ.
Sarah Anne Sumpolec was 15 when she began to engage in witchcraft: browsing New Age bookstores, leading seances and using tarot cards.
In an appearance on “The Playing With Fire Podcast,” Sumpolec said after moving frequently as a child, his father found a home in Delaware that had previously belonged to the state’s former governor.
“My dad, from the beginning of the presentation of this house … he was insinuating that it was a special house,” she told podcast host Billy Hallowell. “He hinted at it all along the way, and then when we moved there he said, ‘You know, this house is haunted’ and, of course, he excitedly tells me that.”
For Sumpolec, this move marked a turning point in his relationship with his father and in his personal journey.
His father gave him a “very old book” on witchcraft, which, according to Sumpolec, “was the first time he really introduced the supernatural or his interest in the supernatural”.
After devouring the book’s contents, Sumpolec says she finally found common ground with her father and quickly learned more about him — and his spiritual inclinations.
She recalled at one point her father telling her that witchcraft was “who we are as a family.”
“I really felt like I…opened this key to something that I was meant to do, and identity is huge, especially when you’re a teenager,” she said. “I had an entire altar set up in my room.”
Practicing what she called “white magic”, Sumpolec cast spells as a “good witch” and worshiped “gods and goddesses” at a makeshift altar she had built in her bedroom.
Then, she says, things started to take a more sinister turn.
“It’s the biggest thing that I wish I could communicate on a larger scale, especially teenagers…that the enemy is all about seduction,” Sumpolec said. “It doesn’t come with this big evil intent…it’s a slow decoy, and it’s like, ‘Oh, look at that power.'”
Sumpolec says she was suddenly confronted with the dark side of the supernatural realm.
“[There were] all these spirits that I thought I was playing with, that I thought were good and that were guiding me,” she said.
In a blog post for CBN titled “Confessions of a Teenage Witch,” Sumpolec warned that while there is an “air power prince,” that’s not the end of the story.
“Since the power source that witchcraft draws on is from Satan, a lot of things actually happen. I don’t even like to think about the things I’ve seen,” she wrote. “Yet, Just because “things happen” doesn’t mean it’s the truth. Satan has limited power on Earth, which is why psychics are sometimes right and why witchcraft seems to “work”. Don’t confuse power of Satan with that of God. They can’t even compare!
Around the same time, Sumpolec said his father started using drugs and weakened the “bond” the two had shared.
It all came to a head when Sumpolec said her father pointed his shotgun at her.
“It was the most terrible moment of my life,” she said. “He had three guns with him at the time, and my mum had left with my younger sister to take him to a safer place but left me there.”
Although her father never pulled the trigger, the incident pushed Sumpolec deeper into the occult, resulting in nightmares and “negative” spiritual experiences she says are hard to explain.
She says it was around this time that her “spirit guide” started convincing her to end her life.
“So one night I drove off in my car with the intention of never coming home again,” Sumpolec wrote. “As I drove down the back roads, waiting for the carbon monoxide leak in my car to do its job, I remember feeling relieved. Maybe now, I thought, I can finally escape .
But the attempt failed: Sumpolec says she passed out before waking up on the ground outside the car.
It was a result that left Sumpolec wondering if divine intervention was responsible.
“I think I was saved. I honestly think I was saved 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 floor next to a tree. So I fully believe an angel pulled me out of that car.
And a few months out of college, Sumpolec says she decided to “hold on.” It was during her freshman year that she shared a room with two Christian girls who “carried their Bibles everywhere” and “didn’t swear, smoke or drink – which meant our bedroom was a zone prohibited at parties.
“Which I wasn’t happy about either,” she added.
Sumpolec says that after witnessing the “peace and safety” the girls exude, she became intrigued and started listening to their Bible studies.
Soon after, she invited them to another Bible study, where Sumpolec says she heard for the first time the message of God’s love and grace to sinners who put their faith in Christ.
“I made an offering to God that night, just before Thanksgiving,” she wrote. “I told him if he was real and if he really wanted me, then I was his.
“He accepted the offer.”
Since that fateful night, Sumpolec says she has followed Jesus, turning her back on the occult and growing to become the author of a YA series and co-author of a daily blog ministry, “Girls, God and the Good Life”.
She says she even burned all the books, candles, idols and other items used in her witchcraft “in a big bonfire”.
“I know God was pleased with that,” she said. “I had traded a lot of nothing for a lot of God.
“It was a pretty good deal if you ask me.”