Christian leaders at a pastors’ and Christian workers’ breakfast in Port Elizabeth this morning earnestly took up a heartfelt plea from Kingfisher FM board member Leanne Bennett for prayers for the staff and board of the much-loved and respected Nelson Mandela Bay Christian radio station that was taken off air by ICASA on Tuesday for operating without a licence.
Briefly addressing the breakfast gathering at Oxygen Life Church Bennett asked those present to “uphold the Kingfisher FM family at this very difficult time”.
She said she was not at liberty to speak about the station’s present crisis. But she reminded the leaders of the great strides Kingfisher FM has made in the community over the past five years.
“I am asking you to pray. I am imploring you to ask Jesus to reveal truth. You know us, you’ve been in our studios, you’ve connected with our staff, you know our hearts,” she said.
Dave Pedersen, senior pastor at Fountain Vineyard Christian Fellowship and coordinator of the leaders’ breakfast gathering that periodically meets at different churches in the city, invited other people connected with Kingfisher FM to join Bennett in standing proxy with the station while those present stretched their arms towards them and prayed into the situation.
In a press statement posted on its Facebook Page Kingfisher FM says a late application for licence renewal has resulted in ICASA not being able to process the application and subsequently a notice has been issued to the station to end broadcasting.
“Ongoing interventions and legal intervention has been and is currently underway,” says the statement which notes that for many years Kingfisher FM has”been a beacon of light and hope for the greater community of Nelson Mandela Bay.
Gateway News echoes the calls for prayer for the staff and board of Kingfisher FM at this time of trial and urges our readers to pray for the station and mobilise others to pray.