Apostle Donovan Arends of Life Abundant Ministries, who says God spoke to him about organising the event, said understaffed police were doing their best to fight the longstanding crime problem that was costing the lives of many innocent children — and it was now time for the Church to stand up and address the crisis.
“I am planning this rally so that we can approach our Heavenly Father to intervene. Our God is the only one who can stop this violence. And if the Chruch will stand in one accord then all things are possible through Christ Jesus,” he said.
He said he and pastors in the Bethelsdorp area, which was one of the areas most affected by the drug-driven gang violence, have invited local churches, high school and primary school communities which were directly impacted by the violence, police — including the national and provincial police commissioners, and the mayor, to attend the rally.
They also planned to invite Christian leaders from other parts of the city to attend the rally.
“We hope to see big numbers at the rally — with as many prayer warriors as possible from right across Nelson Mandela Bay,” Arends said.
“We will pray for the police; for an end to gangsterism; we will pray for schools — we are going to anoint children’; we are going to stand in a corporate way before the Lord.”
He said the organising committee also decided to arrange a special prayer session at the event for all parents who had lost children through gang violence.
For more information about the rally please call Bishop Ernest Campbell at 072 091 0691 or Pastor Theo at 0743186485.