Christian ‘great awakening’ shifts into ‘Kingdom Nation’ gear

Dr Pearl Kupe, left, addresses the Kingdom Nation gathering in Pretoria last Saturday.
Uniting South Africa in Christ

Can a nation be born in a day? Statistics show that around 80% of South Africans identify as Christian, but one could then ask, where is the real change?

An enthusiastic rainbow crowd of over 400 Christian leaders representing different denominations, age groups, and races gathered at the Doxa Deo Brooklyn church in Pretoria last Saturday to pursue change in South Africa under the umbrella of an initiative called Kingdom Nation.

Each of the attending business, community, traditional and church leaders, signed a Kingdom Nation Declaration to launch the initiative, which is one of several flowing out of a Christian awakening inspired by prayer movements and initiatives such as the recent Christian Consensus campaign,

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The aim of the initiative is to bring about real change in the country by uniting Christians under a cause, formulating a strategy, and then executing it, to drive transformation in various sectors of the country, the gathering heard.

“We don’t want this gathering to begin and end with a talk, we want to share a vision with the people so that we can unite and drive actual change,” said Jan Malan, the programme director.

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Dr Pearl Kupe, a leader of Kingdom Nation initiative, said it was a privilege to be part of the Kingdom Nation family. She said it was such a historic moment to witness over 400 leaders that not only prayed and worshipped together but who also took responsibility to be accountable for change in the nation by signing the declaration.

The declaration that was signed by more than 400 Christian leaders.

“It is time to become stewards of our Father’s estate according to the mandate that has been given to us.

“It was a true milestone moment, seeing all the leaders sign the declaration with an attitude of love and peace, signifying our unity in Christ,” she said.

Kupe said the Kingdom Nation initiative was launched as a platform for all concerned citizens of the country who believe in the country’s redemption.

“We believe that the time to redeem the country is now! We all need to get involved and participate in the transformation and betterment of our country. We stand up boldly and believe it true that a nation can be born in a day and we believe God has a plan,” she said.

Dr Arno van Niekerk, another Kingdom Nation initiative leader, said: “By signing this declaration, the great awakening of the Church has now officially begun. Nationwide there is a move of God’s Spirit to use us to bring righteous change.”

He urged Christians to make every effort to spread the Kingdom Nation message as far and wide as possible. It was good news for everybody and needed to reach every community, village and rural area in order to bring about huge change in the nation.

Although the initiative does not endorse a specific political party, its leaders encourage all South Africans to vote — and to do so according to their beliefs and values.

The Kingdom Nation website at includes a voter information chart which shows the values of different parties.

Other resources on the website include the Kingdom Nation declaration that was endorsed by the leaders, and information and registration links about a national Jesus March campaign on Freedom Day (Saturday, April 27), when Christians are urged to wear white shirts as a sign that true freedom is found in Christ. The initiative also urges Christians to wear white shirts on election day, May 8.

Initiative leader Darrel Hardy said that if Christians united in Christ before the election, the nation would be blessed.

Doves were released at the end of the event to symbolise the Holy Spirit.

In a video posted by the initiative, youth leaders encourage citizens to support and vote for a God-fearing party that is committed to family values.

Michael Cassidy, a veteran Christian leader and founder of African Enterprise shared a word for South Africa, which he said is currently in a desperate state.

“We have a small window of opportunity to drive change. Righteousness exalts a nation. The Church’s silence till this date was deafening but we cannot afford to stay silent anymore. We have to step in as a moral compass to engage and guide South Africans to stand up for what is right,” he said.

After hearing from a number of keynote speakers, the crowd was divided into groups representing various sectors of society, to discuss specific challenges faced by each sector. The groups had to come up with a Bible verse representing a vision for each sector and then share some of the discussion outcomes with the audience.

At the end of the programme, doves were released, representing the Spirit of the Lord.

The Kingdom Nation initiative believes as their website states: “We are nation-builders who restore the walls of South Africa through Godly transformation. We lead through serving and good stewardship to fulfil the potential and promises God has given this Nation.”

Dr Arthur Frost, a Bible teacher who coordinates a prayer movement linked to the Kingdom Nation initiative, has meanwhile embarked on a tour to all nine provinces over the next two weeks to activate and equip a “prayer army” of intercessors around the nation.

His programme is:

April 11: Western Cape — Cape Town @ 7pm
April 12: KZN — Durban @ 7pm
April 13: Limpopo — Polokwane @ 7pm
April 16: Northwest — Mafeking @ 7pm
April 17: Mpumalanga — Standerton @ 7pm
April 18: Northern Cape — Kimberley @ 7pm
April 23: Gauteng — Johannesburg @ 7pm
April 24: Gauteng — Pretoria @ 9am
April 24: Free State — Bloemfontein @ 7pm
April 25: Eastern Cape — Port Elizabeth @ 7pm

Dr Frost can be contacted at 0826592224 or you are welcome to join one of the movement’s prayer groups in your province, by clicking on the links below:


Eastern Cape



North West


Western Cape

Free State

Northern Cape



  1. I fully support the fantastic christian tidal wave which is happening in South Africa right now and i believe is going to increase.
    At the last election in 2014 1.57% of the christians voted for Christian parties. This must not happen again!
    It is wonderful when Christian leaders get together.THEN WHAT? It will be an amazing witness for the whole of South Africa when all the marches take place across South Africa. THEN WHAT? Who will guide the members of the Body of Christ and inform them about the SIX parties which have Christian values.? In the 2014 election under 300,000 voted for christian parties. WE need 3 million christian votes minimum on election day the 8 th May.
    Is this possible? I SAY YES!!
    ITS TIME!! two million member prayer meetings, and at least two other stadium filled believers. Then there are the MIGHT MEN conferences held over many years. The prophetic word I believe the Lord has given me will show Father God whether the Body of Christ is FOR or AGAINST HIM.There is no middle ground and no excuses. We will reap what we sow.

    • You wrote : Who will guide the members of the Body of Christ and inform them about the SIX parties which have Christian values? My question : Why on earth are there so many parties? 6 as you say – I only know one ACDP. Here again is an indication of disunity. If all 6 parties have the same Christian values and morals and principles etc….why would they not en mass collectively support one Christian party. I think there is something wrong an if the motives are wrong – God knows the intents of men’s hearts and He can save by many and by few. It is our last chance to save this nation so why cant these parties unite as one and put their interest aside for the sake of Kingdom building. Thank you

  2. Where will the Jesus March happen in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town?

  3. Which are the 6 Christian party’s as I only know of three with Christian values. Perhaps I missed the other three

  4. Where will March happen in Pretoria and Johannesburg

  5. I’d like to ask – why are the Christian parties divided? SIX is a bit too much and you are fragmenting the Christian vote. Isn’t this how the “others” parties contested since 1994. ACDP has been a stalwart and no slander since inception. Shouldn’t you all come together – trash out yr differences (which shouldn’t be) in your mandates and get voters to vote for ONE Christian party. You will have a better effect in governing municipalities and even the country. Unity is strength.