His name is Ricado and he is 12 years old. He is one in a group of 60 children that I am taking through the CrossRoads program this year. I am so thankful to the Lord for opening up this door to me. This will happen at a school close to my house. The headmaster made his two grade 6 classes available to me for one session per week. At some point last year I have requested prayer for this and the Lord has made it happen! There are 30 pupils in each of the classes. The bests part about this is that both slots fall within the normal school day. Thus CrossRoads now forms part of the school curriculum.
Since I battle so much to remember names I started off on day one by taking an ID picture of each student. Each one had to write his name on a placard. As you can see Ricado put the number 28 on his. What would be the reason for this?
Cape Town – Six members of the notorious 28’s gang in Valhalla Park, Bishop Lavis, were convicted of 28 counts of serious crimes this week, thanks to Operation Combat, a unit dealing with gangs and drugs in the Cape Flats.
“On 11 and 12 February 2014 the Western Cape High Court convicted six prominent members of the 28’s gang of seven murders, four attempted murders and several charges of being in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition” said South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Captain FC Van Wyk.
At the age of 12 this is what Ricado dream of for his future! (His teacher was very upset when she saw this). Please pray with me that the Lord would use my time with these kids to help them see the future and hope that God has in mind for them. A brand new identity in Him.