Campus Director Alwyn Bezuidenhout remarked, "The head warden personally thanked CBI for making a difference in the lives of inmates. He asked to convey the gratitude of Correctional Services to the CBI head office in the United States." Because of prison officials' support, the program has expanded from one to three facilities over the last year. "The discipleship courses provided by CBI powerfully impact inmates' lives," said CBI President Dr. H. David Schuringa. "And we are thrilled these prison officials recognize that."
Bezuidenhout directs the program, oversees volunteers and spearheads expansion efforts. Furthermore, because of the country's unreliable mail system, he personally visits prisons to deliver lessons by hand. While there, he presents a devotional message, answers questions and offers encouragement. Bezuidenhout is joyful about the program's success: "Looking back over this year, we can indeed cry out with the psalmist, 'The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy!'"
"We are seeing CBI South Africa gain an increasing presence and impact on the prison system in that country," CBI International Programs Coordinator Cynthia Williams explained. She also commended the support of South African churches and the prison officials' respect for the program.
CBI is a nonprofit prison ministry with over 42,000 students studying through satellite campuses on six continents. The program is provided at no cost to prisoners and their families.