The Church in South Africa needs to confess and repent to God for its sins which have resulted in the current dire state of affairs in the nation, says Intercessors For South Africa (IFSA) in a resolution released at its consultative conference in Bloemfontein from September 14 to 16.
The conference, which was attended by members of South Africa’s national and local prayer networks, also announced plans to develop a prayer strategy for national healing and reconciliation that will begin with a prophetic prayer action on December 16 called #CrosstheBridge, to be followed up with 40 days of prayer for healing and reconciliation from February 10 next year to March 30 — Good Friday.
WATCH BELOW: Releasing the sound of Heaven — this was the theme worship song of the conference
“Oh, sweet fire, come and burn over me
Oh, sweet rain, come and pour over me
Oh, sweet wind, come and blow over me”
A team of facilitators from every province was commissioned at the conference to develop the #CrosstheBridge prayer strategy aimed at seeking God’s forgiveness, and help in forgiving one another, and obtaining healing as individuals, families, the Church, ethnic groups and as a nation.
During a process of prayer and consultation, conference delegates identified fatherlessness as the root cause of the “broken, wounded, hurting, disappointed, angry, hopeless, rejected, racist and prejudiced” state of the nation.
On the opening night of the conference Apostle Linda Gobodo of Vuka Foundation briefed the gathering about a God-inspired national healing campaign Vuka launched this year, based on a booklet of hope, healing and restoration scriptures which are taken daily like medicine.
Paul Mbongelo, a missionary from the Congo who is based in Bloemfontein, was given an opportunity to share a prophetic word that God holds the Church responsible for the rise in wickedness in the nation and wants to hear a sincere cry of repentance and a plea to Him to withhold judgment and give the Church one more time to try again.
Recently Mbongelo has shared his message with leaders around the country and plans are under discussion to convene a national day of repentance at the Union Building in Pretoria — possibly at the end of October or in November. His message resonated with those of several other conference delegates who also mentioned plans for smaller prayer gatherings at the Union Buildings in early October.
There was consensus among delegates that God has repeatedly revealed his plans for revival in South Africa, coupled with a prayer movement to usher in revival, but that the Church has been busy with its own things. It was urgent not to let 2017 pass without getting into step with God’s programme.