Church group makes its voice heard in Breidbach
FROM a distance many may have thought the group of protesters clothed in red T-shirts, dark trousers and red caps were one of the political parties staging a protest as has been the norm recently.
But this was in fact the Acorn Valley-based Bright Morning Star Healing Ministries (BMSHM) congregation which was participating in an anti-abuse awareness campaign as part of their annual Easter weekend congress.
The BMSHM staged their annual conference, which coincides with the biblical celebration of Easter, under the theme of 2 Corinthians 12:9: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak”.
One of the organisers, church leader Pastor Samuel Kanes said: “We are aware of the drug abuse, teenage pregnancies and other forms of social ills which are prevalent within our community hence we decided to include the protest march”.
BMSHM church leaders and motivational speakers from places as far afield as Worcester, Kuilsrivier, Strandfontein and Villiersdorp graced the occasion with their presence in support of their local branch under the leadership of Samuels’ wife and church leader, Apostle Denise Kanes.
Kanes said the conference which started on (Good) Friday evening included healing services, motivational speeches, men and women fellowships and communion services over a weekend which will be remembered for a very long time. “There were discussions about our Saviour, His life, His mission, the Atonement and His influence on individuals in today’s era,” Kanes said.
“I truly believe the march and the services during the weekend have reached and touched many souls after the powerful messages preached by our visitors.”
The event was well supported by other denominations and donations from the business sector generously contributed towards the success the Kanes said.
“Church leaders with some of their congregation present were the local Calvary Baptist, Faith and Healing, Calvary Way Ministries, Holy Soul Crusade, Members in Christ and the East London-based Christ Ambassadors,” they added.
Among the sponsors, said the Kanes, were Premier Foods, Nicks Foods Superspar, Boxer Superstores, Dhaysons Kwikspar – and individuals.
“We are indeed grateful for the generosity showed by our businesses and also would like to extend our gratitude to Buffalo City Metropolitan traffic services who assisted us during the march and to the Go & Express reporter for his presence at the event.”
The next BMSHM conference will be held in Villiersdorp.