Youth pray against crime

2017-07-04 06:01

Youngsters from crime-ridden communities have come together to pray against crime.

Younger members of different churches in Factreton, Kensington and Maitland have started a group called United Youth Movement.

The members are all younger than 35.

Involved churches include Church of the Nazarene, Assembly of God and Pentecostal Church.

Their street prayer sessions are expected to start on Sunday and will continue until next month. The one-hour prayer walk will be held on different streets every Sunday at 15:00.

They will also hold a concert at the Kensington civic centre on Saturday 19 August.

Their movement is a reaction to a series of gang and drug-related crime incidents that have been tormenting the area since mid-May.

Random shootings are reportedly heard in the area at any time of the day, frustrating residents.

Coordinator Cheslyn Steenberg says the objective is to foster sustainable relationships among youth from the different churches in these suburbs.

Steenberg says: “We call upon congregations to allow youth to be part of the historic movement. This movement is not affiliated to any church.”

He says they are looking for stakeholders to support the group and make it a success through donations.

He explains that branding will be allowed for all the willing supporters in the venues.

A member of Assembly of God in Kensington, Tyrese Rix, says it is important for him to be involved in this movement because it focuses on issues that are affecting the community at large, not just affected families.

Rix says he hopes this will help uplift youngsters to start thinking positively and to know that there is more to life than being involved in drugs and gangterism.

“It is within us as young community members to get up and start doing something to stop this gangsterism from invading the communities.”

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