Prayer walk to restore Lavender Hill

2019-06-04 06:01

Global Day of Prayer takes place on 8 June and in the spirit of unity, churches from across Retreat will take part in a healing prayer walk through Lavender Hill on Sunday 9 June.

The first Global Day of Prayer that was held in Lavender Hill was in 2016, during a time when tensions were at an all-time high. The churches and residents who participated prayed on the infamous battlefield, Blode Steet, where many gangs have opened fire on each other.

Lucinda Evans, founder of Philisa Abafazi Bethu, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Lavender Hill that works with abused women and children, said the last programme that was held to commemorate this day was a great event. This year, they hope to unite the communities of Lavender Hill, Seawinds, St Montague Village.

Pastor Basil Leukes of the Faith Community Church has been highly involved in the prayer walks in the area.

“Prayer Walks in Lavender Hill in the past and at the present moment are firstly to take prayer to the streets in our community where we desire God’s presence to manifest in our community and our prayers to be answered,” says Leukes.

In hopes of getting the entire community involved, Leukes will be working with a number of groups to spread peace.

“This will be our first time as Prayer intercession and Healing Network Lavender Hill combining with World Intercessors Network,” he says.

The programme will begin at the corner of St Christopher Avenue and Military Road at 14:00, where those who would like to take part will begin the walk to Lavender Hill High School. After arriving at the school at about 15:00, they will begin a programme of prayer for the community. “We will raise a canopy of prayer locally for all our communities on the Cape Flats and across the world,” he says.

The churches are hoping to bring together about 300 people on the day to “pray together in unity for God to manifest and answer to the cry of our communities that are under siege by a spirit of violence and moral decay”.

Leukes says: “All communities are encouraged to stand before the Lord and unite in repentance and prayer for one day a year based on our convictions on 2 Chronicles 7:14 and 2 Chronicles 15:12.”

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