Services draw 50 000

2015-11-24 06:00
The 10 000 chairs packed out for the first evening of the Healing Jesus Campaign was not enough for the masses and an additional 3 000 were placed. But with thousands still standing on the embankments, the total of the day had easily doubled anticipa

The 10 000 chairs packed out for the first evening of the Healing Jesus Campaign was not enough for the masses and an additional 3 000 were placed. But with thousands still standing on the embankments, the total of the day had easily doubled anticipa

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About 50 000 people joined an open-air service in a bid to rid Mitchell’s Plain of social ills.

The “healing Jesus” campaign has travelled to over 90 countries and came to South Africa this month.

Evangelist Dag Heward-Mills, an award-winning author of 48 books and medical doctor, led the three-day interdenominational services at the Portlands Sports Field.

Trustee member Pastor Chris Ross says Heward-Mills has brought with him a strong message.

“We are hoping the campaign can come back to Cape Town. Many people have asked why we can’t take it to Manenberg and other areas where gang violence is prevalent. I believe this can be the answer. The evil heart of man needs to change and it needs to be an internal change,” he says.

The stage and equipment travelled with the organising team from Ghana, where Heward-Mills is from.

When asked why Mitchell’s Plain was chosen, Ross says statistics played a big role.

“We looked across the Western Cape and took into consideration that there are 1.5m people living in Mitchell’s Plain, making it the largest suburb in the Western Cape. Also we looked at the statistics in terms of it being a drug capital, so we saw it appropriate to assist people who are bound and lost and who need freedom from anything that plagues them,” says Ross.

Officials also joined in at the services, such as provincial minister Dan Plato and ward councillors.

One participant, Patricia Jacobs from Delft, says she attended all three evenings.

“I enjoyed the first evening so much that I had to come back. Every night so far I have had new experiences,” she says.

The event also helped employ several locals who assisted in seeing a successful event put together.

This also featured a 2000-member choir with singers from local churches.

The campaign will soon complete its stint in Cape Town with trips to Paarl and Worcester. This forms part of a nine-city tour of South Africa.

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