When speaking to the Nelson Mandela Bay Church Leaders the Mayor, Athol Trollip promised 'Good, Godly Governance' during his term of office. He said that he and his Council members had signed a pledge that they will be 'unashamedly ethical' in all they do, and if anyone does not live up to that they will be ex-colleagues.
The Mayor was speaking at the Nehemiah Breakfast held at Malabar Community Hall on Thursday 24 November. He promised that in five years time this city will not be recognisable but, he asked everyone, "Please change your attitude, stop talking and being negative, we need to love ourselves and our city. We have two wonderful ports, Blue Flag beaches and much more - we are not the windy city!"
When speaking on the past, and the task ahead, he quoted from George Orwell: "The further a society drifts away from the truth the more they despise those who speak it." He said that those in governance need to speak the truth but as they do so they will find opposition, threats and intimidation and that he had read Judges 2:1-11 to his colleagues pointing out, that like the Israelites, the present Government has forgotten the promises made by their ancestors and are allowing 'pagan' ideas to come in.
Mayor Athol Trollip also shared a personal note by saying that being the Mayor is the most rewarding, amazing and fulfilling job he has ever had. He went on to say that people must not feel sorry for him or their Ward counsellors, "If you need me, or any of them just call us, at any time - even on Sundays."
When he finished speaking some of the Church leaders laid their hands on him and Pastor Russell Viljoen of Ebenezer North Assemblies of God prayed a very powerful, Spirit-led and anointed prayer over Mayor Athol and Bishop Bethlehem Nopece endorsed the prophetic word brought by the Mayor.
Because of the need to get to a Council meeting the Mayor and Counsellors had to leave so were not present to hear Pastor Patrick Douglas-Henry speak about the Nehemiah vision. He said that ALL the churches need to be working together to build the 'wall' of renewal in the City otherwise 'holes' will be left for the enemy to get in. He said that we preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and only when we are born of God can we have the compassion we need to change our community and help to fix the broken people, hospitals, clinics etc. He said that as a united church we can wake up and do all that is needed to rid the city (and land) of racism. He then spoke about the Heartlines programme and encouraged everyone to be part of it saying that there will be "What's your Story" training in NM Bay in March and April 2017 as well as the "One City, One Church, One God" initiative tackling racism together in May 2017.
Pastor Patrick reminded everyone of the Healing and Reconciliation Initiative service on 16 December 2016 at South End Museum at 09:00 - 12:00.
Report by Frankie Simpson