picnic at river PRISON FELLOWSHIP SOUTH AFRICA REPORT: CRYSTAL CLEAR MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL JOHANNESBURG CORRECTIONAL FACILITY 2014 CENTRE C – MAXCIMUM SENTENCED MALE   It is with great pleasure that we can do this report. We have been trained as facilitators under the banner of Prison Fellowship International in the Sycamore Tree Project and have successfully completed our first course. We started with 20 inmates of which 19 have successfully completed the course. One inmate fell ill and was unable to continue. List of Inmates: Sizwe Moloi; Sello Mabotja; Zama Mahlodi; Keaobaka Gaethuse; Tshepiso Ncaphayi; Nhlanhla Ndaba; Collen Motamane; Francis Ncube; Lehlohonolo Mokoena; Mbulelo Malangabi; Bheki Mlotshwa; Brandon Jacobs; Buyisile Mabuza; Thokozani Ngwenya; Darryl Vergie; Clement Shale; Isaac Tsangwane; Nhlanhla Msibi; Kgotso Ginya. Our group ranged from the youngest been 22 and the oldest 43 years of age. Three of our inmates only have primary school education level. The type of crimes ranged between Rape, Armed robbery, Kidnapping, House robbery, murder, attempted murder and Fraud. The sentences included 15, 20,25,30,45 years to life. Most of the inmates do receive visitation from family and friends, however we did have one inmate who receives no visitors at all. We have done one on one Spiritual Care Assessments with each offender. We also completed a Spiritual Care Interventions Report on each inmate for the Correctional facility. We are currently in the process of trying to arrange a Victim, Offender’s Dialogue that was requested by Buyisile Mabuza. Our Celebration day went well and all the inmates were very proud of receiving their certificates. They were all extremely blessed by the Prisoner’s Bibles. Thank you Prison Fellowship International & South Africa for this. One of our inmates said he can’t wait to show his family his Bible but he’s not going to give it to them because it is his. We had personalised tags printed on our Ministry logo for the inside of their Bibles. They were very blessed by this. The Gospel music we played during the Celebration really touched their hearts. One of the inmates even asked us to load the music on a memory stick for him. Permission was granted and the Spiritual care co-ordinator transferred the music to him. We had many of the staff members who joined us during our Celebration day. One of the spiritual & Moral Development co-ordinators Nomagugu Shabangu gave a thank you speech as well as congratulating the inmates for completing the course. She spoke to them about investing in their future and personal growth. We took a special moment to pray a blessing over the prison staff. They really appreciated this unexpected gesture. The inmates stood around talking after the celebration. Some asked questions and others just wanted to talk. We would like to include some of the testimonies or part thereof for you: Mbulelo Malangabi I have learned from my teachings in Sycamore tree, that every dawn is a new day to the one who is enlightened. However, regrets is not an activity for which I have any time. I have learned from this course and all the teachings that in life there is change if you are prepared and that preparation comes with a new mind. I take this as a spiritual cleansing because every time I come out of class I feel fresh in mind and my spirit feels fulfilled because I’ve had food for my soul. And in whatever wrongs or sins I’ve committed, I know that my sins are cleansed and washed with the blood of Jesus. Specially the story of Zac. It motivates that in all wrongs God forgives all sins. Thank you, Christel and your family for your teachings. This course has helped me to gain strength. Bheki Mlotshwa Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person’s throat…. Forgiveness does not create a relationship unless people speak the truth about what they have done and change their mind and behaviour. When you forgive someone you certainly release them from judgement, but without true change, no real relationship can be established. Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive, but should they finally confess and repent, you will discover a miracle in your own heart that allows you to reach out and begin to build between you a bridge of reconciliation. Forgiveness does not excuse anything… you may have to declare your forgiveness a hundred times, the first day and second day, but the third day will be less and each day after, until one day you will realize that you have forgiven completely. Nhlanhla Ndaba I have discovered a miracle. Thank you for helping me to change my mind about church, forgiveness and letting go. I have learned to forgive in a proper way. Thank you for the opportunity. God gave wisdom.   Sizwe Moloi I have learned to admit, accept, and forgive and to be honest. I forgot God was alive. It’s opened a new door in my mind. I don’t regret anymore. I realised I used to think I was so clever out there…   Kgotso Ginya I want to give thanks to all for this opportunity. I realised I started deleting God. God saw I was on the wrong way so He send me to prison to find myself. Now I know my purpose. I ask God for a chance to live again. He forgave us. God say forgive yourself. God loves us all. Let us love one another. Let us rejoice. Restitution: There have been some definite ideas coming from inmates as to how they will be able to make restitution in future. Tshepiso Ncaphayi said he would like to start his own business and offer his victim a job as restitution. Nhlanhla Ndaba said he would like to start his own business and help the community. Isaac Tsangwane said he would like to start a project for young people to support them and teach them to avoid crime. We thank you for this opportunity. As facilitators our own hearts were touched by God and the inmates . We had some good laughs seeing things from their perspectives. We enjoyed seeing them grow and seeing them opening up to us and the story of Zacchaeus. We often had tears in our eyes and was reminded again just how blessed we are to be saved! Trevor, Christel & Dane`

"Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results" (James 5:16)