Taking to the street for healing

2017-05-23 06:01
The residents and pastors during the walk.

The residents and pastors during the walk.

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A community uniting in prayer.

This is what a group from Mitchell’s Plain would like to see in relation to crime.

Following an influx of social ills, a group have stood up to make a difference through prayer in communities that need it most.

Ursula Peters first started the initiative with the death of Stacha Arendse from Tafelsig and has since held various activities, praying for peace.

“There are many organisations in the community that need to follow up on crime and other things, but I just felt that we need prayer as well. There are mothers out there being abused and we had them come out and give it all to the Lord,” she says.

Ashley Potts, a local pastor and deputy chairperson of the Mitchell’s Plain community police forum says he was asked to come on board in the initial march for Arendse.

“From there it grew and we saw a real need for the faith based organisations to come together and unite through prayer to bring God back into the community,” says Potts.

The walk took place on Thursday last week through the streets of Tafelsig.

The group walked from Paulsberg Street to the Available Outreach Ministries where they held a prayer service.

Along the way, the ministers prayed at a play park and an ECD to ask for safety for the children, among other stops. Their main aim is to pray for peace, abuse and safety.

“There are very few people who came out. We want to say this is not a church thing. This is open to everyone,” says Peters.

“We are calling on all [religious leaders] to join us.

“We believe that we cannot make a change, but God can make the change.”

Potts says there has been much interest in the initiative.

“This is open to all faiths. We want to encourage all ministers to come on board,” he says.

The interfaith prayer walks and services will take place every month where specific issues will be highlighted and prayed for.

Potts says they will take the initiatives to other communities as the need arises.

“We want to go where the need is,” says Potts.

V For more information call Peters on 073 858 8745 or Potts on 082 887 6440.

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