DARING to care

2015-05-27 06:00
Life Church members prepare to sleep on Durban’s street for a night as part of the i-Care challenge.
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Life Church members prepare to sleep on Durban’s street for a night as part of the i-Care challenge. Photoa: supplied

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SEVERAL local churches and non-profit organisations, recently took on a challenge to sleep on the streets of Durban for a night. The challenge is an initiative by non-profit organisation, i-Care, to raise awareness about the plight of street children.

Among local groups were Lionsgate Church, Life Church and Amanzimtoti Against Substance Abuse.

“Registration took place at 5pm at the Durban City Hall. Everybody was handed a red beanie to show that they were part of the I-dare-to-care group. About 800 people attended and everybody was divided into section A, B, C or D,” said Freek Kotze of Life Church.

“At first we were very confused and did not know what to expect, as this was the first event of its kind in the city. “The mayor of Durban delivered a speech, we sang the anthem and declared that the city of Durban belongs to Jesus. “Our group was allocated to section B on the steps of the city hall. I was very proud of our group as they were constantly ministering to all sorts of people on the streets,” Kotze said.

“It was shocking to see the streets children sniffing glue in front of us and us not being allowed to do anything about it. “All we could do was show them love and share a meal with them. The homeless were sleeping in between most of the sections and they had a good night’s rest as the street children usually steal their belongings when they sleep,” he said.

As everybody settled in their little section on the street, a group of students kept everybody awake with their singing and dancing. “At 12pm, they rallied all the people together and we stood on the stairs of the city hall and worshiped the Lord and declared that Jesus is the king of Durban.

“Some experienced sleeping on the streets while others stayed awake. The weather forecast predicted it might rain, but God kept us safe and warm. “The police and Blue Security were present throughout the night and we thank them for their service,” Kotze said.

At 4am, organiser Wayne Sandeman woke everybody up with a loud speaker for a group photo and the hand-out of their blanket to a homeless person.

“The event was well organised and life-changing. “It made us appreciate what we take for granted. Thanks to all the sponsorships for such a worthy cause. “Let’s keep on praying for the street children as this is not the life God designed for them,” he said.

THE HOMELESS WERE SLEEPING IN BETWEEN MOST OF THE

SECTIONS AND THEY HAD A GOOD NIGHT’S REST AS THE STREET CHILDREN USUALLY STEAL THEIR BELONGINGS AS THEY SLEEP

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