Your life, your choice Content

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Your life, your choice Content

Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Facilitator notes
Icebreaker

Lesson 1: Basic principles for the treatment of prisoners
Lesson 2: Positive look at myself
Lesson 3: Who is my neighbour?
Lesson 4: The fruit of a broken relationship
Lesson 5: The love of money
Lesson 6: Don’t make your own idols
Lesson 7: Broken trust
Lesson 8: The whole world in his hands
Lesson 9: Christians who lie and pretend
Lesson 10: Tricks of Satan
Lesson 11: Grace to start over
Lesson 12: Friendship is precious
Lesson 13: Challenging people who defy God
Lesson 14: Is it wrong to steal for a good purpose?
Lesson 15: Wrong decisions
Lesson 16: Disaster because of being rebellious
Lesson 17: The care of a loving stepfather
Lesson 18: Healthy and unhealthy kinds of jealousy
Lesson 19: Dishonesty and disappointment
Lesson 20: Misunderstanding can ruin friendship
Lesson 21: Hell sings a painful song
Lesson 22: Has God forsaken me?

Final group project
Conclusion
Course Test


Introduction

The 22 lessons in this guide will teach inmates about social skills inside and outside prison. The book is specifically aimed at inmates who did not have the privilege of attending school; thus it has been written with simplicity.

The book highlights the life skills that Christian inmates will need for reintegrating into society upon their release. It also reflects on social responsibilities and development. During each group discussion, the four R’s are identified:

  • rights,
  • responsibilities,
  • relationships, and
  • respect.

These lessons are designed to be thought-provoking and to stimulate discussion and debate. Instead of just giving the answers to the participants, they will be encouraged to think for themselves. They are given guidance, but ultimately the choices and decisions they make are up to them.


Facilitator notes

Prison rules
Different prisons have different rules. Obey these rules at all times. Always ask permission beforehand for any items that you need to take into the class.

Supplies
Please make wax crayons and khoki pens available for the lessons that require drawing. Count all the items before the participants enter the class, and count them again before they leave. At the beginning of the lesson, tell the participants how many items there are and that you intend to leave with exactly the same quantity, because you trust them.

If an item is taken without permission, please take the necessary action to teach the guilty participant right from wrong. Do not make a fuss in front of the entire group. Simply call the participant to one side and talk to him or her in the presence of a warden. That participant will most likely be taken off the program.

Conducting lessons
Enjoy the lessons!

  • Always pray before and after the lesson, particularly for the struggles related to that day’s lesson that the participants might face.
  • Prepare for each lesson beforehand, do research on the topics that will be discussed and formulate good, rounded answers for questions that may come up in the group discussion. Some lessons may require longer discussions or more in-depth advice, for example lessons on forgiveness, death, relationships and divorce.
  • It is recommended that the lesson be read out loud to the entire class. Please continually refer to the Bible for answers on tough questions.
  • During each lesson, the four R’s must be discussed with the group.
  • Each participant will need an exercise book for making notes and writing down their answers to the questions. Read their notes and answers to make sure that they have been paying attention and understood the lesson.
  • Have a look at all the participants’ drawings, while encouraging and motivating them. It is important to pay equal attention to all participants.
  • Bear in mind that each participant has his or her own perspective. You can merely guide and advise them, but ultimately the choice to change is theirs. Do not try to force your beliefs on anyone. Simply love them.
  • Please take props for the plays to the last lesson. After the plays, allow sufficient time for testimonies, and enjoy snacks and cold drinks. Ensure that you have prior permission from the prison head to take props and snacks to the class.

To add a caring touch, start each lesson by asking if it is someone’s birthday that week or if anyone had reached a personal achievement or goal. Allow the rest of the participants to clap and sing to them.


Icebreaker

About me: 

My name is:
I am part of a family and community. I am just as important as everyone else, and I must consider my behaviour towards others.

Four words to describe myself would be:

Multiple choice questions
1. I like to play:

  1. Soccer
  2. Rugby
  3. Volleyball
  4. Tennis
  5. Hockey
  6. Other

2. I love to eat:

  1. Bread
  2. Curry
  3. Pasta
  4. Chinese food
  5. Braaivleis
  6. Other

3. My favourite thing to do is

  1. Read
  2. Pray
  3. Play games
  4. Listen to music and dance
  5. Hang out with friends
  6. Other

4. I would like to be a(n):

  1. Engineer
  2. Mechanic
  3. Doctor
  4. Sports coach
  5. Teacher
  6. Other

5. My favourite topic of conversation is:

  1. World news
  2. The weather
  3. The Bible
  4. Complaining about everything
  5. Family
  6. Other

6. The person I love the most is:

  1. God
  2. My mother
  3. My father
  4. My brothers and sisters
  5. My grandparents
  6. Other
  7. I receive no letters from friends and family
  8. Other

7. When I read my Bible I prefer to:

  1. Read on my own
  2. Read in a group
  3. Discuss a portion of Scripture with someone
  4. Pray about what I have read and trust God to guide me
  5. Apply what I have read to my own circumstances
  6. Other

8. I feel upset or angry, because:

  1. My family does not visit me
  2. Wardens remind me of the rules
  3. I am constantly locked up
  4. My friends got away while I got caught

9. Being in prison makes me feel:

  1. God has abandoned me
  2. My family has given up on me
  3. Alone and rejected
  4. I miss my family
  5. Disappointed in myself
  6. I have learnt a hard lesson
  7. Other

Share your answers with everyone in the group. Take turns to answer different questions and give a reason why you feel the way you do.





Sections

Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Facilitator notes
Icebreaker

Lesson 1: Basic principles for the treatment of prisoners
Lesson 2: Positive look at myself
Lesson 3: Who is my neighbour?
Lesson 4: The fruit of a broken relationship
Lesson 5: The love of money
Lesson 6: Don’t make your own idols
Lesson 7: Broken trust
Lesson 8: The whole world in his hands
Lesson 9: Christians who lie and pretend
Lesson 10: Tricks of Satan
Lesson 11: Grace to start over
Lesson 12: Friendship is precious
Lesson 13: Challenging people who defy God
Lesson 14: Is it wrong to steal for a good purpose?
Lesson 15: Wrong decisions
Lesson 16: Disaster because of being rebellious
Lesson 17: The care of a loving stepfather
Lesson 18: Healthy and unhealthy kinds of jealousy
Lesson 19: Dishonesty and disappointment
Lesson 20: Misunderstanding can ruin friendship
Lesson 21: Hell sings a painful song
Lesson 22: Has God forsaken me?

Final group project
Conclusion
Course Test

Introduction

The 22 lessons in this guide will teach inmates about social skills inside and outside prison. The book is specifically aimed at inmates who did not have the privilege of attending school; thus it has been written with simplicity.

The book highlights the life skills that Christian inmates will need for reintegrating into society upon their release. It also reflects on social responsibilities and development. During each group discussion, the four R’s are identified:

  • rights,
  • responsibilities,
  • relationships, and
  • respect.

These lessons are designed to be thought-provoking and to stimulate discussion and debate. Instead of just giving the answers to the participants, they will be encouraged to think for themselves. They are given guidance, but ultimately the choices and decisions they make are up to them.

Facilitator notes

Prison rules
Different prisons have different rules. Obey these rules at all times. Always ask permission beforehand for any items that you need to take into the class.

Supplies
Please make wax crayons and khoki pens available for the lessons that require drawing. Count all the items before the participants enter the class, and count them again before they leave. At the beginning of the lesson, tell the participants how many items there are and that you intend to leave with exactly the same quantity, because you trust them.

If an item is taken without permission, please take the necessary action to teach the guilty participant right from wrong. Do not make a fuss in front of the entire group. Simply call the participant to one side and talk to him or her in the presence of a warden. That participant will most likely be taken off the program.

Conducting lessons
Enjoy the lessons!

  • Always pray before and after the lesson, particularly for the struggles related to that day’s lesson that the participants might face.
  • Prepare for each lesson beforehand, do research on the topics that will be discussed and formulate good, rounded answers for questions that may come up in the group discussion. Some lessons may require longer discussions or more in-depth advice, for example lessons on forgiveness, death, relationships and divorce.
  • It is recommended that the lesson be read out loud to the entire class. Please continually refer to the Bible for answers on tough questions.
  • During each lesson, the four R’s must be discussed with the group.
  • Each participant will need an exercise book for making notes and writing down their answers to the questions. Read their notes and answers to make sure that they have been paying attention and understood the lesson.
  • Have a look at all the participants’ drawings, while encouraging and motivating them. It is important to pay equal attention to all participants.
  • Bear in mind that each participant has his or her own perspective. You can merely guide and advise them, but ultimately the choice to change is theirs. Do not try to force your beliefs on anyone. Simply love them.
  • Please take props for the plays to the last lesson. After the plays, allow sufficient time for testimonies, and enjoy snacks and cold drinks. Ensure that you have prior permission from the prison head to take props and snacks to the class.

To add a caring touch, start each lesson by asking if it is someone’s birthday that week or if anyone had reached a personal achievement or goal. Allow the rest of the participants to clap and sing to them.

Icebreaker

About me: 

My name is:
I am part of a family and community. I am just as important as everyone else, and I must consider my behaviour towards others.

Four words to describe myself would be:

Multiple choice questions
1. I like to play:

  1. Soccer
  2. Rugby
  3. Volleyball
  4. Tennis
  5. Hockey
  6. Other

2. I love to eat:

  1. Bread
  2. Curry
  3. Pasta
  4. Chinese food
  5. Braaivleis
  6. Other

3. My favourite thing to do is

  1. Read
  2. Pray
  3. Play games
  4. Listen to music and dance
  5. Hang out with friends
  6. Other

4. I would like to be a(n):

  1. Engineer
  2. Mechanic
  3. Doctor
  4. Sports coach
  5. Teacher
  6. Other

5. My favourite topic of conversation is:

  1. World news
  2. The weather
  3. The Bible
  4. Complaining about everything
  5. Family
  6. Other

6. The person I love the most is:

  1. God
  2. My mother
  3. My father
  4. My brothers and sisters
  5. My grandparents
  6. Other
  7. I receive no letters from friends and family
  8. Other

7. When I read my Bible I prefer to:

  1. Read on my own
  2. Read in a group
  3. Discuss a portion of Scripture with someone
  4. Pray about what I have read and trust God to guide me
  5. Apply what I have read to my own circumstances
  6. Other

8. I feel upset or angry, because:

  1. My family does not visit me
  2. Wardens remind me of the rules
  3. I am constantly locked up
  4. My friends got away while I got caught

9. Being in prison makes me feel:

  1. God has abandoned me
  2. My family has given up on me
  3. Alone and rejected
  4. I miss my family
  5. Disappointed in myself
  6. I have learnt a hard lesson
  7. Other

Share your answers with everyone in the group. Take turns to answer different questions and give a reason why you feel the way you do.

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