Sports Ministry Case Study 3

In South Africa at a ‘youth offenders’ prison in which AIS have created a football, education and faith academy for a number of the inmates. Recently at a first ever family day where families of the AIS Academy inmates were able to visit the dormitory cells where the boys lived. That day a mother and son were reunited together after years of disappointment and separation. One boy said “this is the first time my family has ever watched me play sport”. One warden cried and others were deeply moved as they saw how the boys had changed and being reconciled with their families. Some boys spoke about how God had changed them, how they were once into gangsterism but God showed them a better way through revealing HIS love for them personally. However not one dad turned up which brought sadness – one boy stood and said how the boys wanted to break the cycle and be proper father figures for the next generation.