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Jace A. Williams*

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True Love Waits partners with South African government

KING WILLIAM'S TOWN, South Africa (BP)--The students chant proudly as they walk the streets, ignoring the stares and questionable looks from those they pass by.       Gaining confidence in their message, more than 300 high school students shout out in unison, "True Love Waits, True Love Waits, True Love Waits."       A dozen government departments, aid organizations and religious leaders signed an agreement June 25 with True Love Waits International to promote abstinence in schools within Eastern Cape, a province of South Africa.       Student representatives from 15 schools gathered to celebrate the partnership between TLWI and the Eastern Cape government.       "I see my prayers being answered," said Xolani Klaas, a South Africa national TLWI leader. "Most great changes come from the east in South Africa, like the sun. I see this partnership as the birth of a movement."       With the agreement, TLWI gains access to all the schools within the Eastern Cape.       South Africa is home to more than 10 million youth between the ages of 13 and 30. By the time most of them marry, studies indicate that they will have had approximately 10 different sexual partners.       In Eastern Cape, more than 1 million youth can now hear the life-changing message of abstaining from sexual impurity.