There is nothing wonderful than seeing someone who once robbed families of breadwinners, parents and siblings among others changing his/her atrocious behaviour and repenting.
Because of inevitabilities in life, many people were coerced by certain factors to commit crime and unemployment is one of them. Although crime is an offence, many still resort to killing people in order to put food on the table. They don't care whether people's families will suffer great losses after they kill one of theirs.
Pleasantly, other criminals get rehabilitated and one of them is Bishop Lebogang Manamela of the St Paul Apostolic Church in Winterveldt. This man might have caused suffering to a large number of people, but today he is a well respected man of the cloth who regrets ever committing crime and taking a lot of innocent people's lives.
Bishop Lebogang is lucky to be alive today. He was shot three times during a business robbery in The Orchards when he was still a ruthless criminal. The shooting led to his 2003 apprehension. He was later sentenced to 25 years years in prison for murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and hijacking.
Lebogang became a gangster at the age of 12 and carried a gun at that tender age. When he turned 15 he became an advanced criminal and started using 'muthi' and refrained from $*x so he wouldn't get caught.
Manamela delightfully met some of the victims he once aflicted with pain and they have forgiven him.
Sometimes, life can be so confusing and stressful that it can be difficult to understand what God wants for us over the noise of the world and the sounds of all the obligations pulling at us. And the truth is, God knows what He wants for us is in control of our plans. He has the blueprint for our lives drawn up. He is guiding us and putting seeds in our hearts and, like a gardener, He waters the seeds He plants within our hearts. That is why it is important to be devoted to Christ.
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