Alpha in Prison Changing Hearts and Changing Lives

Department of Correctional Services – Gauteng, endorsement

The Director of Spiritual Care Services within the Department of Correctional Services in Pretoria, Menzi Mkhathini, says that the serious challenge that we are facing in South Africa is the high rate of recidivism (reoffending of former in-mates). Ex-offenders get back into society, but they get frustrated there because of the stigmatisation attached to offended behaviour, and so they relapse and commit crime again and find themselves back in our facilities.  

He shares that “through the help of Alpha, we have seen the great strides that we have made in terms of curbing recidivism. Alpha’s contribution has been great over the last 10 years since I have been involved, and what is interesting is that it is attracting more young people. Statistically in SA we have more than 65% young offenders, and Alpha targets this age group which is great for us. The young offenders can embark on rehabilitation through Alpha and as converted adults they can be reintegrated into society and become good citizens.”

“We are encouraging churches: that through the rebuilding of communities and reconciliation and grace, let churches participate in terms of journeying with the inmates so that there can be a period of reconciliation, and we can ensure that they have a good support system within a community once they are back in society”.

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Doing prison ministry for Alpha I wanted to help to enhance a multidisciplinary and a holistic approach to offenders.

To help in rehabilitation to offenders in the Correctional centre. Alpha is special because when listening to the testimonies not only from offenders but from other people you will realise that after they have done the Alpha Course their bond with God became stronger because God transforms us within our characters and our relationships. Lindiwe Ngwenya - Krugersdorp prison server and from Zion Christian Church in Snake Park Soweto

 “I once heard that most inmates arrive in prison as Christians, but when they leave prison, they have changed their faith, because other faith groups visit them in prison and pray with them. I wanted to show my fellow brothers and sisters that we didn't forget them while they are in prison. There is nothing more rewarding than to see a person transform in-front of your eyes. I have seen it happen in prison. From the 1st talk. By the time we reach the Holy Spirit talk, you will see a new person to the one you started the talks with. It is amazing”  Serving in Krugersdorp Prison and linked to St Margaret Church in Diepkloof

“I once heard that most inmates arrive in prison as Christians, but when they leave prison, they have changed their faith, because other faith groups visit them in prison and pray with them. I wanted to show my fellow brothers and sisters that we didn't forget them while they are in prison. There is nothing more rewarding than to see a person transform in-front of your eyes. I have seen it happen in prison. From the 1st talk. By the time we reach the Holy Spirit talk, you will see a new person to the one you started the talks with. It is amazing”

Serving in Krugersdorp Prison and linked to St Margaret Church in Diepkloof

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