A group of Christians from various parts of Port Elizabeth unanimously agreed today that the metropole was ripe for change and that God was confirming a vision to hold a mass prayer meeting in the Nelson Mandela Stadium on Saturday, October 22.
Today’s meeting at the Mount Road Police Station was called by SA Police Services Cluster Commander General Dawie Rabie who was recently approached by a PE woman, Sandy Peasnall, who sought his help in pursuing a vision to arrange a prayer day for matrics in an open area adjacent to the stadium.
Rabie, who is going full-steam-ahead with a campaign to mobilise prayer walking throughout the city, believed that Peasnall’s vision linked with a burden he has had since 2009 to arrange a “2 Chronincles 7:14” prayer event at the Nelson Mandela Stadium. He said since he and Peasnall were “unlikely vessels of the Lord”, he had invited pastors representing the demographic spectrum of the city, and who had “walked with him since 2009”, to provide guidance in hearing God.
Pastor Noma Msizi of the Ark Christian House of Prayer for All Nations in Motherwell, said that in July, after much prayer, God had revealed to her that they should call all the men and women of the metropole together for a solemn meeting at which people should repent for the sins of their respective cultures.
The pastors and other Christian representatives at the meeting acknowledged that the city was reaping a harvest of much prayer for revival by various past and present intercessors, and agreed that planning should go ahead for a prayer day at the stadium on October 22. The focus of the prayer day would be matrics/education, crime, reconciliation and repentance.
Rabie delegated two police officers to proceed with planning prior to the appointment of a steering committee.
When Peasnall, whose son is writing matric this year, first sensed God calling her to arrange a prayer event on October 22, it turned out that that was the only Saturday close to the Grade 12 examinations on which the stadium was not already booked. Since then the stadium management has said that there is a possibility that an important rugby match may be played there on that date. Today’s meeting, however, agreed in faith, to book the 48 000-capacity stadium for October 22.