Thabo Donald followed the family culture of doing works and performing rituals for the ancestors, but he noticed that the spiritual road he was on, was going in the wrong direction.
"I was lost and living in the dark," he says. "A gangster lifestyle coupled with hatred, alcohol and drugs – were all a part of my life.
"I hated God. I had nothing to do with anything that concerned Him."
It was not until Thabo was imprisoned for twenty years for attempted murder and gang related activity that he realised he needed to do something about his situation.
Thabo first heard the Gospel [story about the life and death of Jesus] through a visiting pastor at the prison.
"I saw that my sins were killing me," he says. "I knew I had to die to those sins."
He decided he wanted to become a Christian. Thabo prayed with the pastor, asking the Lord to save him.
"Now I am a better person," he shares excitedly. "I can think positively and live righteously ... But I've only been able to do this through the strength of Jesus Christ. He always helps me and protects me."
Thabo is eager to preach the Good News about the life-changing power of God to others. He wants to share Jesus with them and he hopes that his story will help to do just that.
A Bible verse that Thabo likes is John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have eternal life."•