Next walk this Sunday — all over SA
Have you ever heard it said that Christians find it easy to stand up and cheer for a sports team but they find it difficult to do the same for God?
Well Golden Lions Rugby Union official, Ronel Knipe says she was saddened when she saw how much more passionate people were about rugby and soccer than they were about God. And so she decided to do something about it.
She launched the Walk For Jesus campaign in Boksburg on Sunday July 25, 2010, while the nation was still in the grip of Soccer World Cup fever.
The idea of Walk For Jesus was “to be visible for Jesus, to show who we ‘support’. It is to unite, to change our cities through prayer and spiritual warfare,” she said.
Since the launch she has organised a Walk For Jesus event in Boksburg every four months, and the movement has spread to other parts of South Africa and the world.
The seventh Boksburg Walk For Jesus will be a 2km walk on Sunday (July 29), starting at 12:00 at the Dr E G Jansen High School, Rietvontein Road, Boksburg. The walkers will hand out 1 000 small bibles to members of the public during the event.
“The traffic dept will assist us and we will walk to East Rand Mall and back to the school, singing praise and worship songs. So ask your kids to paint a banner, bring flags, paint your t-shirts or just show up!
“At the school there will be stalls and entertainment available. Rudi Muller will be one of the artists performing.
Other towns that are holding Walk For Jesus events on Sunday are Vryheid, Phalaborwa, Vereeniging, Mosselbay and Hazyview,she said.
The Boksburg event has swelled over the past two years with the likes of dance schools and security companies participating, and motorcylists from bikers’ clubs joining the procession.
“The Walk for JESUS started spreading when people saw the Walk for JESUS event on FaceBook,” said Knipe.
” They contacted me out of their own from all over! How amazing is our GOD! We had overseas cities walk with us before – Texas, India, Windhoek, Zimbabwe that joined us in the past. This is how I know GOD has a bigger plan for the Walk for JESUS than just doing it in Boksburg. HE is spreading it.”
She said there were many testimonies of things that had happened during past walks. “Young people that would go onto their knees in the street and pray for an old lady’s leg; people joining us from the side of the road and then asking to join a church because they want to move closer to God;, people that are pushed into going to the Walk for Jesus by wives or children- and then ending up have a passion for Jesus!
“I know that the Holy Spirit moves powerfully through everyone there. The Walk for Jesus was God’s idea. I know that He is using it in more ways than I could comprehend or imagine.”
Any East Rand reader of this article who is not able to make Sunday’s event should note that there will be another Walk For Jesus on Sunday, October 14.