City men invited to join march on Saturday morning
Hope Restoration Ministries is hosting its first Men of Hope conference at the Nangoza Jebe Centenary Hall in New Brighton, in Port Elizabeth this weekend — from Thursday May 24 to Sunday May 27.
On Saturday morning the men will participate in a citywide march against violence against women and children and to say no to drugs. All men in the city are welcome to join the march which starts at 7pm from the conference venue. One of the aims of the march which involves many different churches is to portray the fact that there are still men out there that are ready to protect women and children.
The conference has been running for some years and has been extended to PE at a time of much turmoil in communities and the country as the whole, which prompted the ministry to feel it was time for men to take their stand, said Men of Hope spokesperson, Sonwabile Ngozwana.
The plan is to expand the Men of Hope nationally, establishing regional offices, he said.
The Men of Hope marketing campaign for the PE event, which included radio stations and local churches, was a success, and they had a good response from men in the city and even from other regions.
The speakers of the PE conference include the vision-bearer of Men of Hope, Pastor Chris Mathebula, from Johannesburg, Pastor J Jadezweni, from PE, Craig Robinson, from Cape Town and Pastor D Robinson. The conference services start daily at 6.30pm. After the Saturday morning march there will be a Q&A session with the panel from 1pm where issues that are affecting men will be discussed. Women may attend the Thursday, Friday, and Sunday services but the Saturday sessions are for men only.
The conference theme of Braveheart was chosen to recognise men who have overcame difficult situations in their lives, said Ngozwana. They wanted to encourage men to have brave hearts to face all kinds of circumstances, and to stand for righteousness and the hopes of men. At a time when men were being called trash, they were making a statement that there were are still men who were brave enough to stand against the abuse of women and children.
For more information about the conference contact Sonwabile Ngozwana at 041 487 0408.