clapping_Hangs_testimonials

Testimonials

“The Kerus Global ITC! curriculum is a modern day parable on the important topic of achieving behavior change among today’s youth. Its rich symbolism and examples from everyday life coupled with the lively fun activities leave an indelible mark in the memories of young people thereby ensuring self propagation. This also makes it a perfect fit to African culture that emphasizes learning from nature, story, song and other forms of drama in communicating messages of importance.”
Dr. Patrick Gitonga

 

“I’ve never seen or imagined anything like It Takes Courage! that was just so full of hope. We want to take this knowledge and information back to Zambia and put it in the hands of Zambian youth pastors and youth educators. I am firmly convinced that this will not only affect Zambian churches, but it can have a ripple effect throughout the entire country.”
Jerry Ireland, African Youth Coordinator

 

“It Takes Courage! is a wonderful program that has come at the right time for our churches and communities. The program has energized youth ministries and leaders. It Takes Courage! has give them a tool and a structured program to use beyond the message of HIV/AIDS, but also to create a vision for life. It does not speak at people, it speaks with people. I thank God for what Dr. Jennie Cerullo and Dr. Marcia Ball have come up with. It is a gift to the church, to our communities.”
Thando Sikonkwane, Ministry Development Manager, Willow Creek Association, South Africa

 

“It Takes Courage! is going beyond our expectations. Nothing is having a greater impact in our schools and church communities. High school and college students are hardest to reach with the character message, but we hear that ITC! has become their favorite subject. The complaint we hear most often now is that “time is not enough!” This is one class students don’t want to miss. In light of this success, the Ministry of Education of Angola and Churches United Against HIV/AIDS-CUAHA have adopted the ITC! curriculum.”
Salomon Soares, Salomon Soares, RISE International, Angola

 

“It Takes Courage! is in line with our school motto. It takes courage for a person to reach the stars. We want this learner to come from humble beginnings and then move up there and reach the sky. I just can’t wait for the ITC! training conference in April!.”
Dricca Mooka, Principal,Pulamadibogo Primary School, Soshanguve

 

“Parents have been approaching us, wanting to make sure their children attend and are consistent because of the changes they observe in the children as they attend.”
Youth Network Southern Africa, Youth Network Southern Africa

 

“I think the curriculum is very necessary. Partnership [with Kerus, Acts2Change, and Doxa Deo Brooklyn Campus] came at the right time….It’s necessary that we go back to our schools now and guide students to know how to implement their rights in the constitution. Through the partnership, our schools will be able to cascade to all the other schools so that we have a better country.”
Ms. Tshepisd Ntabanyane, Deputy Chief Specialist (IDS), Gauteng Dept of Education
“I believe God is bringing partnerships to our city, to your city so we can see children live with new hope and eventually change the course of the future. We are going to focus on the children and we are going to educate them. I think that the stuff that Kerus has developed is fantastic. We are going to see life change in these children.”

 

“Parents have noticed changes in their children such as positive attitudes, courage and motivation. They are more willing to cooperate and offer support. Since ITC! has been implemented in our school, I have noticed the students are humble and love one another. They respect educators and parents at home.”
Angelo Matlala, Raikana Primary School, Soshanguve

 

“ITC! has taught me to see children in a very positive way and has built so much confidence, love and inner peace in me. The parents see a change in their children, and students have changed in their behaviors and attitudes.”
Lorraine Mpapu, Pulamadibogo Primary School, Soshanguve

 

“We structured our entire youth focus and program from June to November around the theme of It Takes Courage! and this has led to numerical growth of our ministry. The content helped keep youth coming every Saturday. The program evoked a lot of counseling sessions as we found out many of the youth had been abused physically, emotionally and sexually, and were dealing with confidence issues”
Grace Bible Church, Grace Bible Church, Soweto, Gauteng

 

“I have worked for quite some years with young people in South Africa, dealing with all kinds of issues, including unemployment, HIV/AIDS, etc. Most of the materials I’ve seen hasn’t worked to change the behaviors of young people we deal with. It Takes Courage! empowers young people with skills they are able to use to combat the HIV/AIDS problem. It also empowers them to relate with God in a deeper way.”
John Lumbe, Youth Network Southern Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

 

“We are still observing behavioral changes, and the youth energy in the church has changed. There is more interest in youth activities and more focus.”
Community Bible Church, Community Bible Church, KwaThema, Gauteng

 

“The program has invigorated and revived our youth ministry that was dying.
Our youths are more focused on God, family, studies and are more confident about their future.”
Christ Centered Church, Christ Centered Church, Atteridgeville, Gauteng

 

“Attitudes have changed – self-confidence, self worth, and dealing with the past. Some youths have come for counseling.”
Sunrise City Church, Sunrise City Church, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga

 

“The ITC! program is doing very well among the youth. The ITC! program has been a prayer answered. Since the introduction of the ITC! program, youth membership has increased from 15 to 40 youth. The youth meetings which were perceived to be boring are now attracting more youth. Before the ITC! program, two young people testified they lacked patience and self control. Now they are improving in these two areas.”
Claude Chifunda, Bethel City Church Int’l. Ndola central

 

“For 18 years our youth attendance was 18. After the introduction of ITC!, youth attendance increased to 36. Community youth are excited about the program. The church leadership is very surprised at the increase in number of the youth as a result of the ITC! program.”
Worthy Sikazwe, ACZ - Worship Centre, Mikomfwa, Luanshya

 

“Youth attendance has increased to from 15 to 30 youth per meeting. Some youth have testified that the program has motivated them to be young men and women of vision. Others feel they have become assertive and confident in life. The youth meetings are now interesting and attracting many young people. A nearby private school has requested the trained ITC! teacher/youth to conduct the ITC! program at that school.”
Alex Chingelesh, Cathedral of Faith church – Ndola central

 

“Pastors used to restrict their youth from attending interdenominational meetings. But since introduction of the ITC! program, pastors have allowed their youth to attend the ITC! meetings. Unity has been fostered as well. We have over 150 youth attending the ITC! program every week. Many young people are being transformed from alcoholics to sober minded youth, from being involved in premarital sex to being devoted to Christ.”
Edgar Chanda, George complex - Lusaka

 

“IT TAKES COURAGE! Everyone acknowledges the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and dysfunctional families on the youth of South Africa. Many organizations deal adequately with the consequences of these social pathologies but few offer a strategy to prevent them. ITC’s focus on promoting life-skills to our youth in such an entertaining way is a truly remarkable and effective strategy that inoculates our young people from the severe impacts of these pathologies. ITC is a movement that will truly promote community development”
N van der Wateren, Individual