Report by Brandon St Clair, media coordinator
The Love Cape Town CityFest took place on Saturday November 16 at Westridge Gardens, Mitchell’s Plain Cape Town, marking a joyful conclusion to a series of outreaches headed by African Enterprise and the Luis Palau Association in which thousands of people made decisions for Christ.
There was excitement in the air from the time the gates opened at 9am. Scores of children ran to the KidsGames area as this was the first activity that took place on the day. Our kids’ volunteers did a great job in keeping the children entertained through dancing, singing and playing games. Each game had a life lesson which was shared after the games session was done.
While the KidsGames was underway the main area in front of the stage was filling up with people bringing their folding chairs and picnic baskets, ready for what’s still to come. All guest artists completed their sound checks within time and had interviews with two radio stations, CCFM and Radio Tygerberg from 9am till 12:30pm. These two radio stations were also media partners to the event.
DJ Easy played some silky mixes to keep the crowd entertained just before lunchtime getting people off their chairs and in a festive mood. At lunchtime we had the Christian bikers join the festival — and did they make an entrance! All the noise made every person’s inner child wake up and want to see what the noise is about. The bikers gave a quick, noise-making show and it was enjoyed by the crowd that gathered around the bikes.
After the bike show the action moved to the skate park, where our partners CSA (Christian Skaters Association) got the crowd screaming with excitement over all their stunts. Midway through the show the founder of CSA, Chris van der Merwe encouraged the crowd with a message of hope and invited those in attendance to follow Christ. The show ended with the highlight as skaters and rollerbladers jumping and doing flips over a number of people lying in front of them.
All the attention then moved to the main area where was a time of praise and worship with Heinz Winkler, Rouchelle Liedemann and Heinz Winkler leading in worship. What a time of refreshing to thousands of Christians together in worship. Dr Tumi and Loyiso Bala took sessions with some powerful singing to glorify God.
The kiddies section was open throughout the day and allowed pre-schoolers to enjoy the jumping castles — and enjoyed it they did.
International cricket star, JP Duminy gave a very inspiring message to the crowd to not lose hope and to trust in God amidst the current situations we are facing and to also follow Him in these difficult times.
We had a few dignatories at the festival. Dan Plato, the mayor of Cape Town joined the crowd, talking to people and taking selfies. The Premier of Western Cape, Alan Winde, also gave a short message to the crowd when they were introduced on stage. Graham Power of Power Construction who is an the executive member of the festival and the event organiser Theuns Pauw from African Enterprise shared short messages before introducing Andrew Palau of Luis Palau Association to the stage. This association is also partner to the festival and has run numerous such festivals all over the world. Evangelist Andrew Palau gave a powerful message of salvation with many making decisions to follow Christ.
The day ended with some heart-pumping jams by Kinetic IV and DJ Transformers who got the crowd up and dancing. The festival concluded in prayer just after 6pm, bringing to an end what took months of hard work by the executive, logistics team and dedicated volunteers.
The executive would like to thank all partners (churches, print and media, individuals, television) who contributed in time, finances and their capacity and skills.
Provisional Reached and Decision stats (the numbers will increase somewhat once the remainder of church service and prison numbers come in) are:
November 9 — Khayelitsha Tent meeting including kids:
Reached 1 965
- November – Business Dinner:
- November – Festival including kids:
Reached 7 100
TOTAL including stratified outreaches to schools/prisons/one2one/churches…
TOTAL REACHED: 23 633
TOTAL DECISIONS: 6 363
We thank the Lord of the Harvest for each precious soul!