Big evangelism outreach in Nelson Mandela Bay gangland areas

Pastor Sam Sanchez of San Diego, California (wearing Victory Outreach T-shirt) with a group of young people he met on the streets last Tuesday during the first night of a major evangelism outreach in the troubled Northern Areas of Nelson Mandela Bay. He presented the Gospel to this group and prayed with them

A major evangelism outreach kicked off in Nelson Mandela Bay last week targeting the most notorious, gangster-ridden areas of the metro’s Northern Areas.

Local pastor Reuben Africa is leading a group of local pastors who are partnering with a team from Victory Outreach International (VOI), Cape Town — the campaign visionaries — and with a small army of young VOI volunteers from around the world, in bringing hope in Jesus to the streets.

During visits to some of the most-feared streets in the target area since last week large crowds gathered and young people responded to prayer, said Reuben. About 35 young people from different parts of the world are participating in this street ministry by sharing their stories of hope and using dance and drama to tell how Jesus changed their lives. 

A crowd quickly gathered to listen to the street evangelism team in one of the most notorious areas of the Northern Areas. Many people responded to prayer and ministry

Reuben said they have also started a process of  ministering to a hardcore gangster who asked them for help to leave the lifestyle.

He said the campaign will step up a gear from November 15 to 21 when they will be joined by more than 100 young people from around the world.

The outreach is focusing on the communities of Schauderville, Helenvale, Gelvandale, Kleinskool, Missionvale, Ext. 31 and 32, Timothy Valley, Booysens Park, Arcadia, Windvogel and Extenson 12.

They will also visit schools in the area to offer learners help in getting out of addiction and gangsterism and there will be a big, main event at the Gelvandale Community Centre on November 20.

Last Sunday the outreach team visited this area, w here some of the most feared gangs in the city, live. People came out in numbers. Young people responded to prayer and people didn’t want the team to leave. ‘It was as if a cloud of darkness had lifted, while we were there. We thank God,’ said Pastor Reuben Africa

Alton Zakay, a well-known Gospel singer who is originally from Helenvale, wiill be the guest artist at the main event which will consist of two sessions, one at 3pm and the other at 6pm.

After the campaign VOI, a global ministry that has 54 years of experience in helping troubled and traumatised families break free from the shackles of addiction. will establish a free rehabilitation centre and a base church in the city.

Reuben said local community leaders, churches and anybody else interested in networking with them may contact him at 073 502 5647 or

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  1. Suzette van Rooyen

    What a wonderful campaign. We thank all the people involved in trying to bring change on our city. May the Lord bless you with an abundant harvest of souls for His Kingdom.

  2. Wonderful, wonderful! God is answering our prayers big-time. Praying for you all, regards to Pr. Reuben, a man of God.

  3. Yes Lord Thank you for raising up men of God and sending them out. May we continue to pray.