Nelson Mandela Bay church leaders representing major denominations and independent churches throughout the metropole yesterday backed a police initiative to call Christians to a historic mass prayer event at the 48 000-capacity Nelson Mandela Stadium on Saturday October 22.
There was a tangible sense of expectancy at yesterday’s meeting at Mount Road Police Station as police, pastors and lay people agreed that the prayer day was God’s plan for the city at God’s appointed time. The prayers will focus on reconciliation, education (including matric examinations) and crime.
“I believe it is from the Lord and that He is longing for us to be obedient,” said Canon David Stansbury, who attended the meeting on behalf of the Anglican Bishop of Port Elizabeth, Bethlehem Nopece and of various churches in Central. He said he was very pleased that the prayer meeting was being driven by lay people. His sentiment was echoed by Pastor Daan Botha of Harvest Christian Church, who said he was also very positive that the call to prayer was coming from the police. He believed that the Christians of Nelson Mandela Bay would respond positively to the invitation to join in united prayer for their city.
SA Police Mount Road Cluster Commander General Dawie Rabie said that he had carried a burden since 2009 to bring the Christians of all of the different churches of the city together as brothers and sisters humbly seeking God’s face together in accordance with the promises of God in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Since 2009 he had been involved in prayer walks in various areas of the city, including notorious crime hotspots, and there had always been a substantial drop in violent crime following these events. This weekend Christians from various churches in Algoa Park were joining in a prayer walk in the area, as part of an ongoing prayer initiative driven by the police.
At yesterday’s meeting a steering committee, headed by police, was appointed to organise the mass stadium prayer event on October 22 and the booking of the stadium for the event was confirmed with management of Access Management, the company which manages the stadium.
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