Pastor uplifts, heals Gomorrah

2016-04-13 06:00
PHOTO: jerry barnes  Sandile Ndlovu (left) from Gift of the Givers hands over gifts to the two Gomorrah community members while Pastor Goodman Jankoro (back, right) looks on.

PHOTO: jerry barnes Sandile Ndlovu (left) from Gift of the Givers hands over gifts to the two Gomorrah community members while Pastor Goodman Jankoro (back, right) looks on.

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IN the old days and biblically speaking, Sodom and Gomorrah were cities of sin where all sorts of social ills were the order of the day, and according to the Bible, God destroyed them in anger.

Next to the Edendale main road near the Imbali intersection, opposite Indumiso’s DUT Campus, there is also a place called Gomorrah, but it has been saved and is loved.

An Ashdown pastor, Goodman Jonkoro, has started a church with the Gomorrah community and has begun a programme to fight social ills that plague Gomorrah. Jonkora says the majority of people in the area are unemployed and there are many high-school drop-outs, on top of them being poor, alcoholics and drug addicts.

“The area is infested with all kinds of social ills. It is heart-breaking to see young and old people abusing alcohol and taking drugs, however, we are not throwing in the towel and we have decided to join hands and introduce community projects in order to save our community.

“We are very lucky because Plessislaer police station and Gift of the Givers are very supportive,” said Jonkoro.

A community member, Sifiso Dlamini, said the entire community is not only affected by drugs, there is also high level of crime and poor living conditions are prevalent.

The church has started community projects, including life-skill classes and education programmes about child, women and substance abuse.

Recently, Jonkoro held a community prayer about Gomorrah at his church and Gift of the Givers handed out toiletry packs to 150 community members.

An Ashdown pastor, Goodman Jonkoro, has started a church with the Gomorrah community and has begun a programme to fight social ills that plague Gomorrah

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