Elected leaders for faith-based community collaboration
The leaders of several churches, the youth pastors and the chaplains of Roodepoort join hands to heal the community through prayer.
Led by members of the District Office of the Police Social Crime Prevention Unit, the Divine Response Initiative is a formal collaboration with faith-based organizations. A meeting was held on Friday, September 17 with the aim of forming a station structure that will champion projects aimed at solving societal problems.
All with a primary desire to serve their neighbor and to make the word of God known in the streets, Divine Intervention brings together religious leaders to be the spiritual shield of the police. The newly elected committee will be tasked with formulating projects that create awareness or provide an outlet for those in need, while softening attitudes and turning the broken onto a path of righteousness.
The scripture that defines who guides their work is Psalm 127: 1, which says “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the keepers stand guard in vain. The commander of the Roodepoort police station, Colonel Lukas Nkosi, was present to support the project, saying: “We appreciate these men and women of God. We can plan, but without the presence of the Lord we cannot prosper.
Sergeant Shumikazi Mbuli will help get the message across through the tools she received. Pastor Ashley Augustine will serve as interim president, and Pastor Emeka Nwakpuda will assist as deputy. Chaplain Debbie Rothman will assume the role of secretary while Pastor Kundai Gwanzura will be the lead organizer. They will each be replaced by young pastors Ayanda Cetyswayo and Dillon Janse van Vuuren, respectively.
“It’s about having a soft heart and hard feet. This is an important opportunity to do something together for the benefit of our city, ”said Ashley in a passionate speech. While the initial members lean mainly towards the Christian faith, the leaders of other religions are encouraged to lend a hand in the common upliftment of the community and of humanity.