From Sun, 5 August until Sun, 12 August, the Fusion team from The Warehouse hosted a 24/7 prayer room in Manenberg to cover the community in prayer. Here, Jonathan Jansen from Fusion gives some feedback from this week.
Mary*, a mother of three children spent hours (day and night) crying out to God for the community of Manenberg. The beauty of this story is that normally she is house-bound due to an abusive husband and yet during the prayer week, while he was away with work, she was released to cry out to her Father in a place of refuge and belonging in the prayer room. Her and her kids joined Fusion for community times of worship, meals and night duty.
The week of prayer in Manenberg took place at the beginning of August – it was not in reaction to the gang war that was raging at the time, but it did coincide with it. What a backdrop for prayer! The time exceeded our expectations of God and what He asks of us. The week was about more than “just” prayer, but about family, about loving our neighbour and about providing a peaceful space to engage with God.
We watched as former drug users, hurting church members and people from all over Cape Town continued to show up, day by day, and weep over the beautiful community of Manenberg. Amidst our tears and pain, we found peace, we were healed, we were forgiven, friendships were formed, religion was dismantled, rules were broken, guns stopped shooting and God was with his people.
“If my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV)
God wants to be with us.