The church is the heartbeat of our society! We cannot ignore the good that the churches have done! We need our churches open!
"The Church will arise and shine! We are gonna go louder, unashamed, unapologetic! Don’t label us rebels! We stand for what is just and good! We are people of good behaviour as the Bible demands! We need Christians at this hour who are not afraid, I am not saying reckless, but not afraid! We declare the Cross before me the world behind me!" - Pastor At Boshoff
Our world is hurting and in distress, crying out for help! We are standing up to say no more!
No more violence against women and children, no more poverty and unemployment! No more corruption and abuse of power! No more human trafficking and modern-day slavery! No more drugs and depression! No more turning people away, the church is the hope of the world, the church is the answer! We need our churches open!
Over the past year, we have seen a dramatic increase in societal problems, especially among the students and teenagers;
- 59% admit to struggling with depression
- 66% struggle with high levels of anxiety
- 27% have had thoughts of suicide
- More are now addicted to pornography and some form of substance
South Africa's unemployment rate is at an all-time high, with 32.5% of our population unemployed, that is a massive 7.2 million people who are jobless, without purpose, living in poverty!
Unemployment leads to an increase in numerous societal problems like poverty, crime, murder, rape, human trafficking. It also leads to a multitude of mental and physical health problems.
It is estimated that 1.2 million children are trafficked each year, according to UNICEF. Traffickers “recruit” children and give them fake identification documents and are most likely part of a network of organized criminals. Additionally, due to the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, many children are left without parents and in poverty, making them more vulnerable to these diseases.
South Africa is a source, transit and destination country for victims of human trafficking. Source countries are those which supply the victims of the crime, transit countries are mediums/stopping points which the victims travel through and destination countries are the final locations to which they are brought. South Africa is all three.
Ninety-five percent of victims experience violence in trafficking. This figure represents both physical and sexual violence and applies to both men and women.
Some victims are forced into drug addiction. Law enforcement in South Africa reported that traffickers drugged victims to coerce them into sex trafficking. At the same time, some government-run shelters denied victims of human trafficking because of drug addiction. We say no more!
"We need our Churches open so we can do what is good on a Sunday, so we can help the suffering, broken and the hurt in the name of Jesus!" - Pastor At Boshoff
Sign the petition and join us as we trust for the safe and responsible re-opening of Churches!