Women one in prayer

2016-05-04 06:00
SARA PHEPENG (left) and Nomthandazo Belle, executive members of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa’s Women’s Prayer and Service, known as Manyano, hold the church banner during the march to present the memorandum. Photo: Supplied

SARA PHEPENG (left) and Nomthandazo Belle, executive members of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa’s Women’s Prayer and Service, known as Manyano, hold the church banner during the march to present the memorandum. Photo: Supplied

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THE Wonen’s Prayer and Service group of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, known as Manyano, from Kimberley, Namibia and Bloemfontein District (K.N.B) drew inspiration from a moving sermon by the district bishop, Rev. Leseba Nkhumise.

His sermon encouraged women to be true to their calling and to embody quality leadership through uniformity.

This was parallel with the theme of the 89th annual convention of the Women’s Manyano held in Bloemfontein recently.

The theme was Living a Transformed Life Worthy of our Calling as Praying Women.

Nkhumise encouraged women to embrace diversity in the church. “We are one and need to be together, and forget our differences, our cultures and move on,” he said.

The sermon was based on a passage from Matthew 5:27.

Nkhumise used the image of a three-legged pot. He explained that the legs represented three pillars: diversity (to be dealt with this year), heritage (to be dealt with in 2017) and spirituality (to be dealt with in 2018).

Matsekiso Vimbela, president of the Women’s Manyano Bloemfontein, reminded attendees that women always had to face different challenges.

She said sometimes women tended to forget who they were and what they represented in the church of God.

Parallel to the theme, Vimbela encouraged them to live a life worthy of their calling, and to pray for their country, communities, children and families.

“We need to pray for all and also for our country. We should be like a tree identified by its fruit, which is prayer,” she said.

Vimbela gave an example of a woman who said no for the first time to her abusive husband when she had to show her body to her husband’s friends.

“For the first time in her life, she said no. Let us say no to women and child abuse. Let us fight for one another instead of against one another. We need to break the silence on women and child abuse.”

In support of the clarion call to stand up against abuse, scores of women marched to the Batho Police Station to hand over a memorandum containing grievances to be tackled to curb women and child abuse.

The members also visited a local school to donate sanitary towels for girls and toys for the young ones.

Let us say no to women and child abuse. Let us fight for one another instead of against one another. We need to break the silence on women and child abuse.

Matsekiso Vimbela

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