Service at church reaching out to women

2018-09-12 06:02
Paulina Maloka, motivating fellow women. Her message was interpreted by first lady Segametsi Thole.

Paulina Maloka, motivating fellow women. Her message was interpreted by first lady Segametsi Thole.

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The silence of an abused woman and child have proved to made the loudest sound at the Evangelising United Church where women ga­thered for a prayer service in support of their own on Sunday, 25 August.

It was not just an ordinary Sunday service as it aimed at helping those restricted in gender violence and giving them strength through prayer to stand up and speak for themselves.

It was the first service of its kind where women of different churches closed off Women’s Month (August) by taking over the podium.

According to the organiser of the service, Segametsi Thole, it has become a heavy load for her to watch a fellow church member suffering while the church did very little to help.

Thole cannot reveal this woman’s story.

“She always pours her heart out to me while I support her through prayer and referrals to professionals, and I noticed that she always feels better after speaking up.

“I know that she is not ready yet, but I came up with the initiative so that she can feel free to talk with fellow women, who might just also share their views with regard to abuse.

“For now I want to give her as much support as I can, including the privacy that she needs,” said Thole.

According to Thole, the intention is to continue running several programmes as part of their church activities on a monthly basis.

She promised that the issue of gender abuse will be added to their church’s agenda for the upcoming annual conference in October, including in their year plan.

The church will also include abuse against children in these programmes as children proved to be just as vulnerable.

She said there was an incident where a child once highlighted the plight of her 12-year-old friend who was being abused by her father who is a drug lord.

According to her, the mother was unaware of the situation as she was intoxicated all the time.

“It was fortunate that the child came to me and I encouraged her to go to her teacher, who involved social workers and the police.”

Thus Thole wants to engage professionals, social workers and the police through information sessions in their programmes.

“So many women still need to be educated on abuse.

“They need to know what to look out for, where to go.

“If that can be achieved I will be the happiest woman,” she said.

One of the attendants, Elisa Kgoro of the Holy Christian Church, said that fellow women must respect, commit and take responsibility.

She urged women to put their faith in God in order to set a good example to their husband and children.

“There will come a time when the illness of this world will tear you apart, including illnesses committed by fellow human beings.

“But putting your faith in God will allow Him to rebuild you and carry you through that difficult phase and grant you more strength to carry that burden,” she said.

She called on children to listen to their parents and on men to lend an ear to their women.

Together they must raise their children in the house of the Lord.

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