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Forgiveness mended my heart          
Osadi Lucas Molefe may have had to suffer a broken heart over many failed relationships but today she confidently says forgiveness has set her free from all her baggage.
Forgiveness mended my heart
Recognising more than a good man     
As a 10-year-old Glen Osher prayed to a God he did not know, begging Him to save him and his four siblings from the hell of hatred they were enduring at home. It was only much later that he was able to acknowledge that when Welfare stepped in and put the children in an orphanage, it had been God's answer.
Recognising more than a good man
Heart is changed     
Time in prison taught Bafana Stanley Nkosi real change comes from believing something in your heart – not just knowing it in your mind.
Heart is changed
Peace despite injustice     
Sitting in prison for a crime he says he did not commit, Don Wood could be overwhelmed by the weight of all the things that he has lost but he chooses to dwell on the very precious thing he has gained that can never be taken away from him.
Peace despite injustice
Addict finds freedom          
Thembinkosi Dlamini, known as Gub'za, grew up in Manzini, Swaziland, where he hung out with a bad crowd at school and became addicted to alcohol and drugs.
Addict finds freedom
Alcohol: the scary facts          
Take time to consider the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual impact drunkenness can have on your life
Alcohol: the scary facts
Released from alcohol          
Addicted to alcohol and cigarettes, unable to get financially stable and recklessly fathering children by several different women, Thokozani Dlamini knew that his life was out of control.
Released from alcohol
Found worth amidst depression and hurt     
‘I found a father figure who will never leave me’ says Holly
Found worth amidst depression and hurt
Why does “bad” feel so good?     
Isn't it strange that we display bumper stickers that say things like "Bad to the Bone", "10% nice, 90% naughty" and have skulls on them, but it wouldn't be considered nearly so cool to have a sticker that said "Good guy", "Noble and honest" or "I love my spouse"?
Why does “bad” feel so good?
Dream changed everything          
Amanda Lodge grew up with an intense feeling of rejection. Not only was she adopted, but her adoptive mother died when she was young. After a series of children’s homes she became pregnant herself and was forced to give up her own baby for adoption. What followed were years of domestic violence that left Amanda disillusioned and hurting. Here is her story.
Dream changed everything
Ancestral worship: a troubling tradition          
It is a cultural tradition to worship ancestors in Africa but is it doing more harm than good?
Ancestral worship: a troubling tradition
The cost of perfection          
It was 2013 and Madelyn Moon was getting ready for her second fitness competition.
The cost of perfection
Set free to serve     
Tairone was raised by his grandparents to go to church every Sunday. But the other six days of the week, his religion was running the streets.
Set free to serve
The power of persistent prayer     
Zimbabwean Evelyn Gidi grew up in a family that loved Jesus but she did not realise how important her faith was to her until she married someone who wanted to beat it out of her!
The power of persistent prayer
‘Animal’ becomes a ‘new creation’     
Shonisani Mushiana compares himself as a young person to "an animal controlled by instincts".
‘Animal’ becomes a ‘new creation’
Fathering from behind bars     
Carl admits that when he was growing up, he pretty much only thought about himself. When he was seventeen, he started selling drugs and discovered the excitement of having his own money and buying whatever he wanted.
Fathering from behind bars
Father’s Day in a prison     
"Today is Father's Day, an emotional day in a men's prison full of fathers and sons. The message (at church) today was, 'God is our Father and we are all His sons which makes us family'," writes Jonathan Mooring, an inmate in Plainview, Texas.
Father’s Day in a prison
Need a dad this Father’s Day?     
For some, Father's Day is a time to celebrate the love and guidance of a cherished parent; for others, it's a reminder of past abuse, neglect or even loss. Whether our relationships with our fathers are thriving or strained, present or absent, through Jesus we can ultimately find comfort and peace in the unconditional love our Father in heaven has for us.
Need a dad this Father’s Day?
Fatherless no more     
Inmate Arthur Molotsane knows how influential and important his role as a father is because he himself felt the lack of a father growing up.
Fatherless no more
Walking by faith          
When 15-year-old Elifas Chituku was shot during the Zimbabwean war of independence and had to have his leg amputated, he struggled to accept his disability and was filled with bitterness towards white people.
Walking by faith
Ukuhamba ngokuKholwa (Zulu)          
Ngesikhathi eneminyaka engu 15 ubudala-uElifas Chituku wadutshulwa ngesikhathi sempi yenkululeko yase Zimbabwe okwaholela ukuthi anqunywe umlenze wakhe, wabhekana nobunzima bokwamukela isimo sakhe s omlenze onqanyuliwe nokwenza ukuthi azonde abantu abamhlophe.
Loop deur geloof (Afrikaans)          
Toe die 15-jarige Elifas Chituku tydens die Zimbabwiese onafhanklikheidsoorlog geskiet is en sy been moes amputeer, het hy gesukkel om sy gestremdheid te aanvaar en was hy bitter teenoor witmense.
Kufamba nokutenda (Shona)     
Pakapfurwa Elifas Chituku aiva nemakore gumi nemashanu pagumbo muhondo yerusununguko rwe Zimbabwe izvo zvakaita kuti gumbo rake riguruve, akatambura zvikuru kuti agamuchire hurema hwake uye akazadzwa neruvengo kuvachema.
My life was hell on earth     
Kay Liyena feels that she has lived such hell on earth growing up that she certainly doesn't want to go to hell after she dies.
My life was hell on earth
Hupenyu hwangu hwanga hwakaoma zvikuru (Shona)     
Kay Liyena anoti kana achitarira hupenyu hwake anoona sokuti akato pfuura nokugehena zvokuti kana akafa nhasi haaendiko.
Hupenyu hwangu hwanga hwakaoma zvikuru (Shona)
Adulterer finds God on a train     
When Albert Thlakole went to Johannesburg, away from his wife, for work, he found the temptation of other women too much to resist – even women from church!
Adulterer finds God on a train
Finding all her needs fulfilled     
Florence Mwale grew up dirt poor in rural Zambia and remembers being so hungry that she would steal relish from her mother's cooking pot to try to get enough to eat before the rest of her large family got their share.
Finding all her needs fulfilled
The uniqueness of Christianity     
 
Made with a purpose          
Illness and unsettling dreams about the spiritual world made Victor Mutandagai fearful about the future until he realised that nothing could separate him from God's love.
Made with a purpose
Loner no longer lonely          
Beth Black remembers seeing an angel beside her bed when she was just four years old, but it was only in her sixties that she fully understood the meaning of it.
Loner no longer lonely
Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 2)          
This last week our sausage dog got parvo virus, a gastro-intestinal disease that can easily kill a dog through dehydration or secondary infection.
Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 2)
Jesus said: ‘I am the Life’     
If a religious leader or celebrity stood up today and said, "I am the Life", you would probably think they were mad or madly egotistical. You would probably also wonder what on earth they were going on about. The media would have a heyday, and comedians would enjoy poking fun at them.
Jesus said: ‘I am the Life’
From the Gospel of John     
John 1:43-51; 2:1-11
From the Gospel of John
Winning the battle within               
Many elite athletes put in significant time, money and hard work to become experts in their sports with one goal in mind: to make it to the Olympic Games. But running in the Olympics wasn't Estonian middle distance runner Tiidrek Nurme's goal.
Winning the battle within

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