Pastor ‘sent’ to save community

2019-04-09 06:00
Pastor Mogen Pokan.

Pastor Mogen Pokan.

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“God sent” Pastor Mogen Pokan, from Durban, received a warm welcome from the Manenberg Police Station when he arrived in the area last week.

Brigadier Enolium Joseph, Manenberg Police Station commander, says Pokan came at a time when there is a need to turn the tide against gangs and build a community of conscience, pride and patriotism.

The community reportedly has a plight of crime, with gang violence being in the one of the biggest issues.

Joseph says Pokan came just when the Muslim community had rallied and created prayer zones in identified hot spot areas, and would like to get more churches involved.

“Strengthening the community spiritually could unite the community and he wants what Pokan has started to last longer. Evangelist Pokan is passing through, how do we continue to build what he has started,” Joseph probed.

Manenberg Police and the Pastoral of Manenberg is calling on the pastors to attend a meeting on the Thursday 11 April at 19:00 at Jirah Chapel on Manenberg Avenue.

Pokan arrived in Cape Town on Monday 11 March and ministered in a number of different places, mostly in trains before reaching his target place.

Pokan says he has been to Hout Bay, Hangberg, CBD, Seawinds, Simon’s Town, hout Bay, Fish Hoek, Hanover Park, Kraaifontein and other train stations.

Pokan was in Nigeria early this year when he started praying to God to show him his next destination, which through the “miracle voice” it happened to be Cape Town and it was later revealed that he should go to directly to Manenberg.

He does door to door and public ministry in trains, shopping malls and in the streets, mostly targeting young people.

Pokan explained the reason behind his door to door visits to People’s Post, saying: “Problems start at home and people do not find it comfortable to express themselves at formal churches.

“When you go to them and get to understand their circumstances and pray for them, they feel the relationship with God and gain hope.”

He says going to Manenberg was not difficult for him as he knew the issues faced by the residents.

Pokan says he is an ex-offender and is familiar with gang violence and being involved in crime and he relates to what the youth of Manenberg is faced with.

He was a drug addict, involved in criminal elements such as robberies, theft and violence and served a 10-year sentence.

Pokan says if the community, especially youth could repent, the Lord could bring peace and there shall be no suffering.

“This is not the life the Lord wants for them, but it is not late to change. The Lord will forgive them,” says Pokan.

He did not only receive a warm welcome from the police officers in the area, but the residents as well.

He said: “I would like to thank and bless each of them. There is hope for Manenberg but they just need to listen to obey to the word of God.”

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