Prayer against crime

2019-07-30 06:01
Kensington and Factreton residents took to the streets to pray against gangsterism in the community.

Kensington and Factreton residents took to the streets to pray against gangsterism in the community.

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While many communities embark on protests to police stations to plead with the police to do something about crime, Kensington and Factreton residents decided that prayer is the only way to rid the community of the violence.

The prayer meetings which took place on Sundays from 14 to 28 July, saw residents meeting at the corners of Vliegtuig and Sunderland streets, moving to crime hotspots and praying at those hotspots.

“The purpose is to call on God as a community to have peace prevail. We are not aiming at tackling any person or institution. We walk or drive to the hotspots and pray at that location, move along while singing church hymns,” youth organisation, Frontiers Youth Serving Youth chairperson, Cheslyn Steenberg said.

He said that the sessions are not about church but dealing with works of “evil forces”.

The sessions are led by two pastors and elders from various churches in the community, ward 56 councillor Helen Jacobs and members of the community policing forum (CPF). Steenberg said the number of members of the community attending the meetings has doubled in the first two weeks.

The initiative came about when Frontiers Youth Serving Youth members noticed that, although residents have tried to bring about change, there is still a serious need for spiritual intervention.

He said it was important for people to attend these meetings because what is currently happening in the community was evidence of what happens in many homes. “Many boys are fatherless, so they join gangs where they feel accepted, (and) somehow a father figure is introduced to them.”

These prayer meetings aim to inform gang members that although they will not be outcasts in the community, it does not appreciate their actions. Jacobs said she was proud of the community to be taking such action.

“The community needs to stand together, (and) prayer is the only thing that has the power to unite people,” she said.

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