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My signed pledge

My pledge

My signed pledge

    1. I undertake to uphold the constitutional values, including human dignity, non-racism and non-sexism.
    2. I affirm that I will uphold the principles of respect, honesty, integrity and honourable conduct.
    3. I will avoid all wrongdoing, including violence, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, bullying and manipulating others.
    4. I pledge to foster an atmosphere of mutual respect, both inside and outside the prison classrooms, work places, prison cells, sports fields, visiting rooms and court rooms.
    5. I will not violate the rights of others. I freely pledge to respect the rights of other people and to cause them no harm.
    6. I acknowledge and understand that I have rights, and with those rights come responsibilities.
    7. I pledge to treat others, including my fellow prisoners, wardens, spiritual coordinators, teachers, volunteer organisation leaders, family members, the elderly and friends who visit with dignity and courtesy.
    8. I will not cheat, deceive, steal, punch, stab or kill others.
    9. I will put my selfishness aside by helping others whenever I am able to do so.
    10. If I see a fellow prisoner without soap, I will cut mine in half and share it with him or her.
    11. Change starts with me; thus I will uphold a common vision for a better country and for all who live in it.
    12. I will work hard at obtaining an education, and I will strive to excel in sports.
    13. I will learn all I can to educate and empower myself while trusting God with my future, because his love will sustain me through all of my days.
    14. I will reach my full potential by serving God, my country, my community and my fellow citizens.
    15. I will preserve the environment, be it my fellow human beings, animals, plants or water around me.
    16. I will do my best to keep my prison cell clean and neat, even if those around me do not.
    17. I am a proud South African and will embrace my country’s wonderful history, heritage and culture.
    18. I will remember that, as a nation with different races and cultures, united we shall stand, but divided we shall fall.
    19. I will be proud of my achievements and will strive to be a better parent, role model and citizen of this beautiful country.
    20. I will never think less of myself for being a prisoner.
    21. In the past I have made mistakes; however, I know God will help me, by creating opportunities for me to make better choices in the future.
    22. I am imperfect, but God will never reject me; therefore I will never reject myself.
    23. Jesus thought me important enough to die for; therefore I will choose to live for Him.
    24. I will serve God, my true Father. With God on my side, how could I fail? I will follow my dreams and make them come true.
    25. Even when I experience difficult times and circumstances, I will never give up.
    26. I realise that I am not alone; God cares about me intimately, and I am connected to all humans through him. Therefore I will be a vessel used for God’s glory, caring for those around me.
    27. I will love God first and love my neighbours as I love myself.
    28. I acknowledge that my actions and reactions affect those around me; therefore I will continually strive to improve my ways, to impact people positively.
    29. I will let go of my anger, guard my mouth and think before I speak.
    30. I will strive to follow Nelson Mandela’s example by not being bitter or angry. More importantly, I will strive to live out God’s vision of uniting all people by way of forgiveness, and I will try to win over the hearts of my enemies.
    31. Because God placed me here, I will love South Africa despite its shortcomings and mistakes. I will strive to make it a better place for all to live in, by leaving a life of crime behind me and by embracing God’s principles of creating a better future for all.

My name is:
I have embraced the Christian Prisoner’s Pledge, and I have made a commitment to myself that the past is in the past, the present is here and my future starts now. For me, there is no turning back to my old ways of looking back to the past.

Date:
Signed:


Closing ceremony

NB: Prior permission from the prison head is required for most of the following actions.

  1. One or two weeks after completion of the last lesson, a closing ceremony should be held.
  2. Photographs of the closing ceremony may only be taken with permission obtained from the prison head a few weeks prior to the event.
  3. Family members may be invited to the closing ceremony with prior permission from the prison head.
  4. Split the participants into two groups, and let each group enact a play based on what they have learnt. Props for the plays may be taken to the closing ceremony, with prior permission from the prison head.
  5. All the sealed letters may now be read aloud to remind the participants of their commitment to the prison, their families and themselves.
  6. A few prisoners may be given the opportunity to testify about how this programme has changed their lives.
  7. Hand the participants copies of their signed pledges, along with their test results and certificates of completion. Ensure that their names are spelt correctly on the certificates. After the ceremony, everyone can enjoy cake, snacks and fruit together, with permission obtained from the prison head a few weeks prior to the event.
  8. Please send testimonies and photographs if possible to nbi@bmedia.co.za
  9. Please also include a report on the success rate of the workshop.

In conclusion

I would like to thank each participant for faithfully attending and completing the course.

I encourage you to make better choices and to be more objective in everyday situations. Remember that love is not in what you say, but rather in how you say things, and you treat your brothers and sisters in and outside of prison. Actions speak louder than words. You could speak all the languages in the world, even the language of angels, but without God’s love in your heart it would not mean anything. Are you prepared to act on God’s instruction to love the Lord your God first and your neighbour as yourself?

Know that God has forgiven you and forgotten the sins you have confessed. In the same way, we who are made in his image should forgive ourselves and those who have hurt us. Is there someone you need to apologise to or forgive?

Pray that you will also be a good role model as a community member, parent and obedient child of God. Remember that your choices affect not only you, but those around you, too. You have one life – make the best of it. Even inside of prison, you can be a good role model.

Finally, please pray for participants who will complete this course in the future.

I hope you have enjoyed these discussions and have grown spiritually. I trust that together we will make South Africa a wonderful place to live in.

Thank you for your participation, leadership and commitment. I trust you have found God’s fingerprints throughout the process. May He bless you!






Sections

My pledge

My signed pledge

    1. I undertake to uphold the constitutional values, including human dignity, non-racism and non-sexism.
    2. I affirm that I will uphold the principles of respect, honesty, integrity and honourable conduct.
    3. I will avoid all wrongdoing, including violence, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, bullying and manipulating others.
    4. I pledge to foster an atmosphere of mutual respect, both inside and outside the prison classrooms, work places, prison cells, sports fields, visiting rooms and court rooms.
    5. I will not violate the rights of others. I freely pledge to respect the rights of other people and to cause them no harm.
    6. I acknowledge and understand that I have rights, and with those rights come responsibilities.
    7. I pledge to treat others, including my fellow prisoners, wardens, spiritual coordinators, teachers, volunteer organisation leaders, family members, the elderly and friends who visit with dignity and courtesy.
    8. I will not cheat, deceive, steal, punch, stab or kill others.
    9. I will put my selfishness aside by helping others whenever I am able to do so.
    10. If I see a fellow prisoner without soap, I will cut mine in half and share it with him or her.
    11. Change starts with me; thus I will uphold a common vision for a better country and for all who live in it.
    12. I will work hard at obtaining an education, and I will strive to excel in sports.
    13. I will learn all I can to educate and empower myself while trusting God with my future, because his love will sustain me through all of my days.
    14. I will reach my full potential by serving God, my country, my community and my fellow citizens.
    15. I will preserve the environment, be it my fellow human beings, animals, plants or water around me.
    16. I will do my best to keep my prison cell clean and neat, even if those around me do not.
    17. I am a proud South African and will embrace my country’s wonderful history, heritage and culture.
    18. I will remember that, as a nation with different races and cultures, united we shall stand, but divided we shall fall.
    19. I will be proud of my achievements and will strive to be a better parent, role model and citizen of this beautiful country.
    20. I will never think less of myself for being a prisoner.
    21. In the past I have made mistakes; however, I know God will help me, by creating opportunities for me to make better choices in the future.
    22. I am imperfect, but God will never reject me; therefore I will never reject myself.
    23. Jesus thought me important enough to die for; therefore I will choose to live for Him.
    24. I will serve God, my true Father. With God on my side, how could I fail? I will follow my dreams and make them come true.
    25. Even when I experience difficult times and circumstances, I will never give up.
    26. I realise that I am not alone; God cares about me intimately, and I am connected to all humans through him. Therefore I will be a vessel used for God’s glory, caring for those around me.
    27. I will love God first and love my neighbours as I love myself.
    28. I acknowledge that my actions and reactions affect those around me; therefore I will continually strive to improve my ways, to impact people positively.
    29. I will let go of my anger, guard my mouth and think before I speak.
    30. I will strive to follow Nelson Mandela’s example by not being bitter or angry. More importantly, I will strive to live out God’s vision of uniting all people by way of forgiveness, and I will try to win over the hearts of my enemies.
    31. Because God placed me here, I will love South Africa despite its shortcomings and mistakes. I will strive to make it a better place for all to live in, by leaving a life of crime behind me and by embracing God’s principles of creating a better future for all.

My name is:
I have embraced the Christian Prisoner’s Pledge, and I have made a commitment to myself that the past is in the past, the present is here and my future starts now. For me, there is no turning back to my old ways of looking back to the past.

Date:
Signed:

Closing ceremony

NB: Prior permission from the prison head is required for most of the following actions.

  1. One or two weeks after completion of the last lesson, a closing ceremony should be held.
  2. Photographs of the closing ceremony may only be taken with permission obtained from the prison head a few weeks prior to the event.
  3. Family members may be invited to the closing ceremony with prior permission from the prison head.
  4. Split the participants into two groups, and let each group enact a play based on what they have learnt. Props for the plays may be taken to the closing ceremony, with prior permission from the prison head.
  5. All the sealed letters may now be read aloud to remind the participants of their commitment to the prison, their families and themselves.
  6. A few prisoners may be given the opportunity to testify about how this programme has changed their lives.
  7. Hand the participants copies of their signed pledges, along with their test results and certificates of completion. Ensure that their names are spelt correctly on the certificates. After the ceremony, everyone can enjoy cake, snacks and fruit together, with permission obtained from the prison head a few weeks prior to the event.
  8. Please send testimonies and photographs if possible to nbi@bmedia.co.za
  9. Please also include a report on the success rate of the workshop.

In conclusion

I would like to thank each participant for faithfully attending and completing the course.

I encourage you to make better choices and to be more objective in everyday situations. Remember that love is not in what you say, but rather in how you say things, and you treat your brothers and sisters in and outside of prison. Actions speak louder than words. You could speak all the languages in the world, even the language of angels, but without God’s love in your heart it would not mean anything. Are you prepared to act on God’s instruction to love the Lord your God first and your neighbour as yourself?

Know that God has forgiven you and forgotten the sins you have confessed. In the same way, we who are made in his image should forgive ourselves and those who have hurt us. Is there someone you need to apologise to or forgive?

Pray that you will also be a good role model as a community member, parent and obedient child of God. Remember that your choices affect not only you, but those around you, too. You have one life – make the best of it. Even inside of prison, you can be a good role model.

Finally, please pray for participants who will complete this course in the future.

I hope you have enjoyed these discussions and have grown spiritually. I trust that together we will make South Africa a wonderful place to live in.

Thank you for your participation, leadership and commitment. I trust you have found God’s fingerprints throughout the process. May He bless you!

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