One of the things we are passionate about at The Message is seeing the chains of crime, gangsterism and unemployment broken in the lives of our youth in Cape Town. We are passionate about sharing Christ’s love with young people and seeing this demonstrated in action. One of the ways we do this is through our prisons work with young people behind bars.
On the 26th of June we hosted a production at the Joseph Stone Theatre in support of our prisons programs. We had over 150 people attend from all over Cape Town. It was an amazing evening where the talented Lauren Hannie and Obed Paatjies performed two shows for the audience. Both shows presented powerful messages that spoke about the chains of gangsterism, crime and abuse.
On the evening we were privileged to have Siviwe Mjongile open the evening with a spoken word that he wrote especially for the event. Siviwe is a graduate from our job readiness class in 2014 and was released in May this year. The biggest surprise of the evening was to have fourteen of our young men from our Message Entrepreneurship Programme (MEP) in Drakenstein youth centre attend and perform “break every chain” for our audience.
God moved powerfully throughout the evening and there was a powerful time of worship and prayer at the end of the event. Our prayer is continuously that Christ will be made known across this city and in the lives of young people who are caught up in the evils of crime and gangs. We truly believe that these chains will and can be broken when young people come to the realization that there is a God who loves them and has a plan for their lives.
We would like to especially thank Lauren and Obed for their willingness to support our work in prisons and for their amazing performances. We would also like to thank the Department of Correctional Services and especially Drakenstein Correctional Management for all their support and providing the security and oversight of the MEP students on the evening. Finally we want to thank our prisons team leader Preston Jongbloed for project managing this event and doing such a fantastic job.
We are hoping to do further productions in the near future, so watch this space!
If you would like to get involved with our Message In Prisons programmes please email us at [email protected]