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.

"Sometimes I have needed the advice of a father figure," Arthur recalls. "When I was bullied by other boys, I wanted a father to protect me, but he was not around."

This led Arthur to start engaging in sex as a child, to try to fill his need for the love of a father.

His unhealthy outlook and approach to sex led to him eventually being jailed for rape.

In prison Arthur was invited to church. He had not really had any interest in God before because he thought that God, like his biological father, had abandoned him and was not on his side.

"When I heard that Jesus died for me; that He washed away my sins and the only thing left for me to do is to believe, I said to myself, 'Let me try this Jesus'," Arthur shares.

"I accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour of my life.

Arthur Molotsane
Arthur Molotsane

"I decided to become a Christian because my life was a mess and, since I have a family, I knew I needed to change for them and to dedicate my wife and children to God."

In the prison church service the pastor read Jesus' question to his disciples "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord' and do not do what I say?" (Luke 6:46). This verse profoundly challenged Arthur.

"Since I became a Christian, I have got peace in my heart. The anger in me has gone now, whereas before I was full of anger. God has helped me to make changes to my sinful life.

"In Jesus there is peace. I understand now that my struggles are not against human beings but against the spiritual forces of the devil's evil tricks.

"I am a new person now. I know why I am alive," he says with a big smile.

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