Prayer to end violence

2019-10-08 06:00
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In light of the recent spate of killings and gender-based violence, community leaders are calling on residents to help put an end to the scourge.

Community worker Ursula Peters is calling on residents to join an inter-faith prayer service planned for this weekend.

The Restoration Community Event will take place at 13:00 at the Westridge Gardens on Saturday 12 October.

“This is not a church event. This is a community event,” says Peters.

“Our focus is on the women and children who are brutally being raped and murdered. Yes, we as a congregation can get together and talk and pray about it, but what if all our congregations (and communities) stand together as one.”

Peters says several local religious institutions in the area have committed to attending the prayer service and that they will be extending the invitation to other affected communities, including Khayelitsha, Hanover Park, Manenberg and Elsies River.

“The government has tried to do something. They sent in the army; they tried everything. Our only option now is to go on our knees and ask God to make a difference,” says Peters.

The event is open to any group or religious leader who wants to lend their voice to the cause. A motivational speaker and gospel groups will form part of the programme.

Peters encourages everyone to bring their own chair and water.

“I would like to call on everyone to make time and come on Saturday. It is not only about the horrific killings. As mothers, we have our own struggles and nothing seems to work. Come and try Jesus,” says Peters.

Community worker Joanie Fredericks calls on everyone to join in.

“We have tried everything over this past year. There have been so many marches, the total shutdown and, unfortunately, I don’t see a difference,” says Fredericks.

“This is not about religion, this is a spiritual journey. If all else fails, we need to turn to a higher being, whoever that is for us. When we have nowhere to go, we just need a moment of silence where we just reflect as a community together. Prayer is all we have left,” she says.

She encourages all organisers of recent marches to rally the support of those who participated and to bring them to the event.

Peters says this will be an ongoing event, which will travel to various areas.

The next prayer service is scheduled to take place in Tafelsig on Saturday 26 October.

  • Anyone wanting to get involved can call 061 957 1825, WhatsApp 073 858 8745 or call 074 352 6409.

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