Urgent Statement on Xenophobic attacks in South Africa. 

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Dear Friends,

Over the past few days the tensions that boil under the surface in our country have one again erupted in horrendous acts of xenophobic violence – and we cannot stay silent.

In the words of the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, Bishop Zipho Siwa:

“We join the Speak Out Campaign in saying we cannot afford to be silent in the face of such inhumane acts. We call on all people; the church, religious communities; business and civil society to speak out with one voice condemning the violence. We call on all leaders to speak loudly and unambiguously in condemning all attacks on foreign nationals living in South Africa. We appeal to all people in leadership and influence to refrain from using inflammatory language in a volatile situation. Our country is burning and all hands need to be on deck in putting out the fire. To avoid confusion, all other long term issues need to be shelved for now, to be addressed separately at a later stage. Ending xenophobia must take precedence. The violence and bloodshed must stop! We call on all peoples living in South Africa to SPEAK OUT AND ACT!! Let us all work together to end xenophobia through whichever platforms avail themselves including in our families, communities, social media and even on the street.”

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So what can we practically do?

Here are some ways we encourage you to respond right now:

1. Please join us in prayer. We will earnestly pray as a community at our services tomorrow at all our campuses. (Glenferness: 8:15am10am & 6pm, Phelang Ka Mohau: 9:30am, Melrose: 9am and Monte: 5pm).
2. We will be collecting tinned food, clothing, blankets, baby clothes and supplies, blankets and toiletries, to distribute to those affected by the xenophobic violence and displacement. Please bring these items to church with you tomorrow.
3. A march will be taking place in the Joburg CBD on Thursday 23 April. More details about this will follow in the next few days.

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Let us pray for our nation and our continent and allow God to stir our souls that we cannot remain silent, but do all we can to pursue justice and love for all His people.

Grace and Peace, 
Gary & Jacqui

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