This was some of the feedback from the 12 and 13 year-olds that were a part of the Future Talk program in 2016. These Grade 7 students come from Westlake Primary School and Capricorn Primary School, and Westlake and Capricorn Park are two communities that really have the odds stacked against them. Extreme school dropout rates, high unemployment, drug abuse, gangsterism, and high suicide rates are just some of the issues faced by these youth—on a regular basis.
Pioneered by Ronald Abels, a local leader who is impacting his community, Future Talk’s mission is simple: to restore hope, change mindsets, and help others reimagine their futures. Every week throughout the year, Future Talk's diverse and energetic group of leaders work with the students. They aim to bring the youngsters hope by talking with them about who Jesus is.
The leaders hailed from all over the world—people of different backgrounds, languages, and races all serving one God and with one message. This diversity made some of the students want to travel the world when they leave school. They started to dream big! The leaders’ own testimonies of having to travel and leave behind family inspired the students to trust God through challenging circumstances.
“You are the future leaders of your community and of your country.” The students were often told this throughout the year. They began to realize that they could start by being good role models for the kids in the younger grades as well as a positive influence in the lives of people they meet on the streets.
It’s one thing for a leader to notice a change in an individual, but it's another thing entirely for the individual to see the change in themselves. The transformative power of the Gospel never ceases to amaze. Future Talk is just one example of how a relationship with Jesus and loving people can bring hope, encourage, save lives, bring peace, and promise breakthrough.
Thank you to everyone who has played a role in supporting this ministry. We pray that it will continue to radically impact the lives of the youth in Cape Town and bring glory to God! Visit our website if you would like to learn more about our ministry partners and find out how you can get involved in helping us support them.
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