“I remember vividly a specific lesson was on Effective Leadership for Witnessing, and I broke down when the facilitator shared how we are to be an influence on others,” she says. “She played a song by Kathy Troccoli called ‘Go Light Your World.’ I completely broke down and told my class that I was inadequate and could not minister to the incarcerated. But I knew without a doubt that I had heard the Lord correctly about where He was calling me. It is with that conviction that I could approach the correctional facility to get their permission. And as they say, the rest is history.”
Khothatso (left) is an ex-juvenile inmate whom Maureen and her brother (right) met at the Correctional facility and joined their outreach program in 2019 while incarcerated. He received Christ during the program and was later released to the community. He passed his matric and enrolled for a degree while incarcerated. He has now volunteered his services to the Haggai ministry as a motivational speaker, encouraging young people on youth-related topics and sharing Christ with them.
Maureen and Sipho, who is an evangelist, along with another pastor, a social worker, and a psychologist — all who love the Lord — partner together in this ministry. They host evangelistic sessions and share the love of Jesus with these offenders. Maureen says, “Seeing many of them receive Christ has been the most fulfilling experience. So far, I have bought over 50 Bibles to ensure any who do not have a Bible is given one. We encourage them to study the Word of God and we have corporate prayer together with them.”
Maureen and Sipho engage in a corporate prayer with students at a local high school.
Maureen and Sipho work with the offenders not only when these young people are locked up but also when they’re released. “By the grace of God, we reconnect offenders who have been disowned by their families. We keep in touch with them after they are released to connect them with faith-based churches in their areas to ensure they sustain what they learned about Jesus while incarcerated.”
Bibles being prepared to be taken to the correctional facility.
Partnering with local schools is another passion for Maureen and her brother. They invite juvenile offenders to the schools or have the students visit the correctional facility to learn about societal challenges, such as drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, and peer pressure. The offenders share their personal stories and also how the Lord has transformed their lives.
Maureen and Sipho serve the needy in a local squatter camp.
This sibling duo also works together to share the Gospel in a local squatter’s camp settlement. At the same time, they provide the people with basic food packages as they are able to afford.
Maureen Malatjie and Sipho Kubayi are the brother-sister duo serving their local community.
Additionally, Sipho had been inspired by the Haggai Leader Experience to evangelize on a local radio station every Saturday since 2019 and has been sharing Christ with thousands of people through this platform.
“God is gracious to have partnered my brother and I together in our work for Him,” Maureen says.
Written by Valerie Dyke