PE Manne Kamp ready for campers and day visitors

Johnny Louw will be speaking at the Manne Kamp Eastern Cape from October 18 to 20. (PHOTO: Rob Southey)
Johnny Louw will be speaking at the Manne Kamp Eastern Cape from October 18 to 20. (PHOTO: Rob Southey)

Men and boys are invited to come and listen to evangelist Johnny Louw and relax together at the Eastern Cape Manne Kamp at High Brae Camp and Climb (Lady Slipper) near Port Elizabeth from Friday October 18 to Sunday October 20.

Those who are not able to come and camp for the weekend are encouraged to come out for the day on Saturday, October 19, said David Naude who founded the Manne Kamp in 2009 with a vision of providing local men an opportunity to get together and encounter God. The 2013 camp has been moved from Van Stadens River Mouth to its new mountainside venue in response to a prompting from God to grow the event. Naude said he expects this year’s camp will be several times the size of previous camps. He said the new venue  provides more scope for the men to do their thing without disturbing other campers and it is much more suitable for day visitors. He said that the Manne Kamp committee’s decision to invite a guest speaker to this year’s camp came about through a process of prayer and petition. He said Louw’s name came up and the evangelist, who has been a popular speaker at Mighty Men Conferences and other men’s events throughout South Africa, had no hesitation in agreeing to come.

“Saturday will be a carnival day and a good time for dads and their sons to come and be part of Manne Kamp for the day,” said Naude.

He recommended that Saturday day visitors arrive about 8.30am to make the most of the day. There will be a message in the morning, a Gospel band in the afternoon, and worship and Johnny Louw’s message in the evening. Gospel artist Dewald Gouws, who has led worship at various Mighty Men events will lead worship during the weekend. There is also a special youth programme. The scenic venue has many peaceful places to sit and the more energetic can walk up mountain paths. Food vendors will available.

Day visitors (and campers) should bring a Bible, a plate, cutlery, a mug and a camp chair, he said.

The theme for the weekend is inspired by Matthew 4:16 which says: the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. Men living in darkness typically see the light but ignore it until they are in deep trouble and they realise their need for the light, said Naude, who said that was the case in his own turning to Christ when his life was in a mess due to his bad choices. He said he trusted that men at the Mannekamp would see their need for Jesus and turn to Him.

Local speakers during the weekend will be Naude, Rory Spence, and Wayne du Randt.

Naude urged men to register for the Manne Kamp now and to pay their camp fees (Adults: R200 catered and R140 self-catering. Scholars: R140 catered and R90 self-catering. Day visitors: R50) upfront to help the committee with food purchase planning and costs. You can register on the website (  or by calling 083 2600 932.


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