On Youth Day, June 16, Christians in Port Elizabeth kept prayer and worship going on the square in front of the City Hall from 7am to 7pm as a number of churches and ministries in the city led half-hour slots. “We had a wonderful prayer meeting,” said Richard Crompton, senior pastor of Word of Faith Christian Centre which initiated the campaign. “We loved having all the churches and the church unity. Each church brought their own flavour,” he said. He said many people prayed for their allotted time and then stayed on during the next group’s slot. He said PE’s desperate water situation was the catalyst for the prayer gathering, however there were a lot of other issues that required urgent prayer. The day’s prayer topics were: the Covid-19 pandemic, rain, revival among the youth, the scourge of crime to end, and investment and employment. Pastor Joan Keeling, a veteran prayer coordinator in Nelson Mandela Bay, said: “It has been very exciting to see what God has done during the season of Covid among prayer warriors in the city. Even though it has been lockdown I have seen people really rising to the occasion and taking leadership, starting little groups, going out and praying at the hospitals, taking a whole group and praying for the city. It just has been so exciting for me to see that out of something that is so negative as Covid and the lockdown, God has raised up intercessory leadership. I just rejoice in it and all I have done is just to encourage them and stand behind them and promote whatever they have been doing.
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