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Lutherans say NO to Gender Based Violence

By Ephraim Manyanga

The Evangelical Lutheran Church Prayer Men’s League Conference [ELCPMLC] brought joy and praise to the town of Sabie. Churchmen gathered at the Floreat Hotel for the men’s conference of the Northern Diocese in Southern Africa. The region covers Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces. The seminar commenced on Saturday, August 19 and ended on Sunday, August 20 respectively.

Men from all parishes in Limpopo and Mpumalanga, which consist of six circuits, came in great numbers, where they witnessed the 2017 Prayer Men’s League, celebrating 500 years of Lutheran Reformation. Commemorating Women’s Month, the churchmen marched from Floreat Lodge to the Thaba Chweu Municipal Offices. They marched, singing and dancing, holding placards denouncing abuse of women.

“With the march, as praying men, we say no to women abuse because the Word of God is justice and equality for everyone,” said Elder Ratlabala, Lutheran Northern Region Director. “As the men’s league, our prime objective is to spread the gospel to all people.”

Representatives from the local authority thanked the Lutheran Church for their support and advocacy. “As Thaba Chweu Local Municipality, we thank you and appreciate your support and we promise to work together to stop abuse and violence of women’’ said the Thaba Chweu Local Municipality chairman.

During the Saturday main service, congregants handed over R17 000 to Masiphakamisane Child Care Project to assist orphans. The donation came from churchmen, R12 000 from church head office and R5 000 raised.

Preachers throughout the conference encouraged congregants to love and help each other, regardless of colour, race, language and gender.

 

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