Moyo Sifiso, is known as Mfundisi (Pastor) at Hiedelberg Correctional Prison, because he is wise beyond his 29 years. However, that wisdom was only found behind bars, after Moyo spent much of his youth in foolish living.
It started with a difficult childhood. "Growing up I was shy and insecure. I was often teased by other children. I saw myself as someone who was useless and couldn't achieve anything in life," Moyo remembers.
After moving from Zimbabwe to Johannesburg, he tried to fit in by acting like those around him. "I was a person who used to go to parties and drink as that was the lifestyle in Johannesburg, if you weren't partying or drinking you were out of the 'cool' group."
That sort of lifestyle was expensive though and far beyond Moyo's means. So he began to steal in order to keep up appearances but it soon became an addiction.
"Stealing became my lifestyle. Even when I had enough money I couldn't stop stealing." He knew he was out of control, stealing almost daily, but didn't stop until he was caught, and then convicted of theft and jailed.
"I thought my life was over when I was sentenced," Moyo admits. "I so regretted what I had done but I didn't know how to control myself."
Then in prison, he heard about a God who could do things that were impossible for people to do, and about His Son Jesus who had died to take the blame and punishment for our sins (wrongdoings), and Moyo began to search for this God.
Some of the other prisoners told him the Gospel story about Jesus' life and death and return to life again.
"From that day onwards I was moved to follow God," Moyo says. A friend helped him to pray confessing his sins, asking for forgiveness and giving control of his life over to God. "I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour that day," he declares.
From that day onwards Moyo was a changed man, he started to hate the bad habits that he used to love and to accept himself and others. He quit addictions that he thought he would never be able to throw off.
He is encouraged by John 3:16 in the Bible which reads: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." Moyo knows he is one of the 'whomevers' in that verse and he is very grateful to God for saving him.
He also finds comfort in Romans 5:8 which says "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Moyo wants other prisoners to remember that "with Jesus anything is possible!"•