Invitation for prayer gathering to intercede for trafficked women and children


Capetonians from all denominations are urgently called to join in a prayer gathering on Saturday evening, October 11 to intercede for women and children being oppressed, exploited, enslaved and trafficked. This will take place at the Franschoek Dutch Reformed church from 18:00 to 21:00 and is the closing event of the 2014 Freedom Climb Table Mountain challenge which started on Tuesday, October 7.

About 140 representatives from countries all over the globe are attending the 4-day event which aims to raise awareness, mobilise prayer and raise funds for projects related to oppressed and enslaved women and children. The projects are all initiatives of Operation Mobilisation (OM).

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“This year’s challenge has a special focus on people with disabilities who are vulnerable to all kinds of exploitation and discrimination,” says Esmarie Taljaard, coordinator of Freedom Climb Africa.

She says the Freedom Climb this year was held in the mountains of Franschoek and Cape Town, as “these are both areas where slavery and injustices were historically tolerated and are symbolic and powerful places to stand against trafficking”.

Part of the programme was a justice seminar and a presentation by Hettie Britz on God’s heart for the oppressor.

On Thursday and Friday, participants climbed mountains around Franschoek and Stellenbosch and Saturday morning they will go up Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak. During these climbs they intercede for the many that are trapped around the world, declaring life, hope and healing over thousands of people.

Though this year’s challenge is almost over, there are still opportunities to get involved in the many projects in Africa that benefit from this event. See

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About Freedom Climb
The Freedom Climb began as a dream to do something tangible to raise awareness and help oppressed and enslaved women and children. Mountain climbing is a symbolic act for the millions that face an impossible steep climb on the road to freedom. This year is the third of these events. They climbed Kilimanjaro in 2012 and Everest base Camp in 2013.

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