“Young men, trust God,

 and make the future bright with blessing…”

Charles Spurgeon 

25:40 is starting a new program this year to reach adolescent boys and young men in the Transkei area, matching them with older peers to serve as role models. We are starting this program after being in the Eastern Cape province since 2009 and witnessing adolescent boys and young men dropping out of school early, abusing alcohol and drugs, seeking multiple sex partners, and living off of social grants rather than seeking employment.

This has had a detrimental social and economic impact on the Xhosa culture in the rural areas, leaving many young girls having to drop out of school early to raise children alone, relying on social grants to help support their children and creating a dearth of healthy, nuclear families, as well as cutting short young women’s potential to finish her education and become a productive member of her community.

For the past year, our South Africa partners, Wikus and Carina van der Walt, have been working to identify and train young Christian men who are willing to come to the Canzibe area, where 25:40 has an after school care program and preschool, and mentor teenage boys and young men.

Xolani Gantsho and Sandile Mananga spent much of 2017 in Christian training with Leadership Experience Ministry in Jeffreysbay, South Africa. This week we launched the first Discovery Bible Study series at the Hlalani Kum Learning Center in Canzibe. Xolani and Sandile, as well as a fellow LXP worker Vovo, are mentoring four local boys who spent years at our aftercare — Kwanele, Raymond, Thabile and Unathi.

From left: Sandile, Kwanele, Raymond, Vovo, Xolani, Thabile and Unathi.

From left: Sandile, Kwanele, Raymond, Vovo, Xolani, Thabile and Unathi.

Please join us in praying for Xolani and Sandile to be confident in their peer mentoring and  for them to be able to fulfill specific emotional and spiritual needs of these four boys.It is our ultimate goal that we seek to create a space for boys and young men to develop into purposeful leaders and visionaries empowered to lead themselves, their friends and their families to eternal purposes.

If you would like to financially invest in our Young Adult Leadership Program, please donate HERE. This year, Xolani and Sandile receive a monthly stipend of $240 month, plus cellphone and travel expenses of $80/month.


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