An estimated 15 000 Christians attended an intensive 12 hour prayer and fasting event at Chatsworth Stadium, Durban, for at least some of the time on Heritage Day (September 24, 2015) and a number stayed for the whole period, says Rev Cyril Pillay, Deputy Chairman of the Bless Africa 2015 Steering Committee.
During the prayer event which was called by Sister Padma Mudaliar, an evangelist from Chennai, India, 20 doves, representing the Holy Spirit, were released over the city accompanied by prayer for a decrease in crime, unemployment and poverty and for the city to work to its maximum of employment and business opportunities, he says.
Churches from different areas of Durban and surrounds combined to host the event. The First Lady of KwaZulu-Natal Thembeka Mchunu, EThekwini Mayor Councillor James Nxumalo and Cyril Xaba, KZN Agriculture and Rural Development MEC represented Government at the event.
“We prayed over the Government representatives,” says Rev Pillay.
The full day of intensive prayer was an “exhilirating, supernatural, spiritual experience” during which many people kept on fasting despite the searing heat, he says.
He says the Steering Committee is planning a follow-up imbizo to get key leaders to talk about issues like renewal, unity, forgiveness and Kingdom principles. Footwashing will form part of the programme.
“We are asking the Lord to lead the planning.”