Being nearly burned alive by an angry mob was a frightening experience for Bongani Semau, but looking back he can see that God used that circumstance to dramatically change the direction of his life.
That event was the coming together of the impact of a lot of poor choices and bad circumstances for Bongani.
He had lost his parents as a child, nearly committed suicide and his twin sister had been hijacked.
Bongani drowned his sorrows by drinking alcohol and taking drugs, but that did not stop the pain, it only made him violent. He was very aggressive and would pick fights with anyone.
Finally his community had had enough.
"I was accused of rape, among other things, and the community apprehended me and started beating me up. They wanted to burn me alive but the police came and took me to jail and I was sentenced," Bongani remembers.
In prison he felt so lost and alone, so he decided to go to the church services.
"I hadn't thought about the things of God before. I didn't think He existed and I never thought I would believe in Him - until I went to church," he recalls.
"I realised then that I needed God in my life and I didn't want to leave church without Him. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.
"Now my life is right because of Christ (Jesus). He saved me from my own will and the sins of my life.
"I know that I am a Christian because the Bible says so," says Bongani, referring to a verse that states "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9).
"I have found peace and freedom in Christ," Bongani says happily.
"Christ changed me when nobody thought I could ever change. He can change you too."•