In 2019, South Africans have experienced a wave of violence in general, and gender-based violence in particular. Gender-based violence has been an epidemic in South Africa for years, and is escalating. Add to this the systemic “violence” of growing inequality, unemployment and corruption, and it calls for a response from all sectors of community.
Firstly, we call on everyone in our community to:
1. Actively promote peace and unity (both on social media and in our daily lives),
2. Report any injustice or criminal activity to the SAPS and not deal with this informally
3. Be thoughtful and responsible as you share social media reports, which can often spread negative and false information. This causes panic and fear, and can even result in loss of life. Recognizing that our words hold the potential for LIFE or DEATH, we sincerely ask and pray that we would thoughtfully weigh our words, and carefully consider our actions.
To this end, we as Grace Family Church would like to respond both prayerfully and practically.
Rather than reinvent the wheel, we want to highlight and partner with people who are already on the ground addressing these issues. Get together with your friends, family, and small group to find a way for us to make a difference.
With regards to action, we invite you to respond with Prayer, Presence and Practical help.
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