A phenominal event was organised by The South African Council of Churches in celebration of the meaning of Youth Day.
On the 11th June 2016, 52 intercessors of the Mkhondo Prayer Team attended a day of prayer and reconciliation at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto. This day was organised to seek greater understanding and reconciliation for the Church of South Africa 40 years after the Soweto riots in which many school children were killed after protesting on the 16th June, 1976.
The event started with a march, learners and church leaders together, from the Madibane High School to the Orlando Stadium. The above mentioned school was one of the schools where the protesting started in 1976, but they never arrived at the stadium. The programme for the event was exceptional and really reflected a piece of South African history. An estimate of about 3 000 people from all over South Africa attended this event.
The Mkhondo Prayer Team played a special role in the whole process of reconciliation for the SA Church, leading up to the events on the 11th of June 2016. The team had a testing time while driving back to Piet Retief. They witnessed a head-on collision on their way back home. They stopped to assist the injured individuals because two ladies from the group are nurses. While in the process of helping the people, another vehicle stopped and some of the men directed the traffic in an attempt to assist. The next moment a vehicle came at a very high speed and collided with one of the men.
He was killed on impact. A motorcycle also crashed into one of the vehicles involved in the accident. Strangely, all this happened right around the prayer team and no one was hurt. With the protection of the Lord, our team arrived home safely! Nationwide, the Christians of South Africa prayed through a 40 day of prayer booklet about reconciliation that preceded June the 16th, 2016. They reflected daily on repentance, prayer and reconciliation for our nation. In Christ there is hope for our nation.