Oscar Pistorius is holding weekly Bible studies with ‘hardcore’ inmates in prison, his father has said.

Pistorius, a former Paralympian, is serving life in a South African prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Henke Pistorius told The Times that his son, now 32, is ‘making a difference’ behind bars by meeting with other prisoners to study the Bible.

Despite being found guilty of Steenkamp’s murder after a trial that gripped the world, Henke said his son had ‘always been a true child of God’. 

He told the newspaper things had improved for Oscar as a result of the weekly Bible meetings that he said were being attended by some of the most fearful inmates in the prison.

‘I have no doubt that Oscar has changed the environment in the prison for the better, he is helping to mediate between people and is having a positive influence,’ he said.

‘He can feel he is making a difference to others who really needed a difference to be made — to give their lives meaning, purpose and some hope. As a result, things have also improved for him. It’s a wonderful story. 

‘They are hardcore chaps, the problem people in the prison, but now they are all meeting to follow the Bible once or twice a week.’

During the trial, the court heard how Steenkamp’s mother, June, had forgiven Oscar but still wanted to see him serve time for her daughter’s death.

Reeva’s father Barry Steenkamp told the court: ‘She feels it’s right in her heart to forgive Oscar.  It still does not exonerate you for the crime that you committed.  He must still understand that he has to pay for that. 

‘June has forgiven him so that she can carry on with her life.’

In April this year, Pistorius exhausted all of his legal options to have his sentence reduced after South Africa’s highest court rejected his application for leave to appeal.

Date published: 05/01/2019
Feature image: Fallen paralympic Oscar Pistorius. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Article source: www.christiantoday.com


  1. I knew somethimg like this would happen. I met his mother, a wonderful born again Christian. She had married the son of one of my family and died suddenly after a short
    Illness. And to my mind when Oscar had to face the consrquences of his action I knew that somehow he woud come back to God.
    Sheila Dwyer had brought up her kids in the ways of God.

  2. Wonderful news about Oscar. Thank you Father for answered prayer.. Was praying that Oscar would draw closer to God in prison and make a difference by sharing the Goodness of God that leads to repentance.

  3. I can only applaud and give glory to Abba Father for what Oscar is doing. As a practising Christian, we need to obey God by not judging other people for the wrongs that they have done – it’s for God to do, not us humans. There is nobody who is without sin – only Jesus, our Saviour, was without sin.

    And yes, Oscar broke a 10 Commandment by killing BUT he faced the justice system, which God puts in places the world over, when he was found guilty and is now paying his dues. Oscar has used his athletic prowess and fame which became a very painful, public and humiliating experience to lead other hardened criminals to the Lord, and he will receive his reward on the day of Jesus’ return. We never quite understand why horrible things happen to people, but they are all part of God’s plans for us (Jer 29:11) and we can but only trust and have faith in Him. He needs continued support and prayer, and one day he will be free again to face June Steenkamp to ask and receive her forgiveness, which will help them both to heal completely.


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