South African Christians lift Jesus higher on Ascension Day

Hundreds of Christians participated in a joyful Phakamisa uJesu (Lift Jesus higher) march in Central Durban to celebrate Ascension Day today

Many Christians around South Africa took time to celebrate Ascension Day today with marches, worship gatherings, outreaches and special campaigns.

While the day, which commemorates when Jesus ascended in exaltation to Heaven, is no longer a public holiday in South Africa, many believers heeded a call to publicly “lift Jesus higher” on this special day.

In this report Gateway News shares about events we were aware of. Apologies to any groups we missed but praise God for everybody who participated in thanking and honouring the Lord today for His greatness and His marvelous deeds.

In central Durban hundreds of people and a number of vehicles participated in the so-called Phakamisa uJesu (Lift Jesus higher) march from King Dinizulu Park to the City Hall organised by Kwasizabantu Mission.

The mission’s aQuelle mineral water team cleaned up the area after the Durban march

Other Phakamisa Jesu events, hosted by groups who took up Kwasizabantu’s challenge to hold similar events, were scheduled to take place in Pretoria West, Welkom, Cape Town, Groot Brak River, and Schoemansdal near Malelane.

Durban today

Gerda Potgieter, editor of Devoted Magazine, who hosted the event in Groot Brak River near Mossel Bay said about 100 people participated in a march through the town which ended with a time of prayer.

Christians make a statement with posters today at Groot Brak River

The programme scheduled for central Cape Town took the form of an outreach, starting with some hmyn singing and followed with handing out of Gospel leaflets to motorists and evangelistic conversations with pedestrians.

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In Qqeberha (Port Elizabeth) Kingfisher FM collaborated with city pastors, Burn 247 (citywide worship ministry team) and congregants in a special 14-hours Ascension Day programme that was broadcast from their studio in Central and which flowed out to worship and ministry on the street.

Pastors Alan and Verna Hughes in the Kingfisher FM studio with presenter Lynn Cloete

Tania Ahfeldt of Kingfisher FM, said they were hosting 14 pastoral teams — one every hour from 7am — to get a message of Hope out around Christ’s ascension. For five hours — from 10am to 3pm — teams coordinated by Burn 247 worshiped and outreached from a shop below the studio and on the street. People gave their lives to the Lord during this time, said Tania.

Ministry teams reached out to people on the street in Central, Qqeberha while Burn 247 teams (See video below) worshiped Jesus

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