Local high schools in the Stellenbosch, Paarl and Strand areas came together on Friday, 25 July, for united praise, prayer and testimony-sharing.
Aimed at heightened interaction between the areas in glorifying God, somewhat 100 teenagers gathered at the Paul Roos Japie Krige hall in Stellenbosch.
Louiso di Pisani, Paul Roos pupil and main organiser of the Jesus Event, told RealDeal the idea started from an expressed desire on a few young people’s hearts.
“We started talking about events on Whatsapp and my friend told me she had it on her heart to come together and make the Name of Jesus great and I said, I have it on my heart too,” Louiso related.
Attendants represented Paul Roos Gimnasium, Rhenish Girls’ High, Stellenbosch High, Strand High School and Kylemore VCSV.
Keen for more events to follow, the expectation is for the Holy Spirit to do something and change lives to become part of various other movements also happening.
Daniel Jacobs, chair person of VCSV Kylemore, said: “It is a good opportunity to meet people who walk the road with us.”
“We are here because of Jesus in a big part and also in a small part in peoples’ lives where they don’t have the courage to bring it up,” Nina Blom from Rhenish Girls’ High said.
She feels these events can build up the freedom to talk about Jesus, glorify and praise Him.
In between praise and worship by the Shofar youth group band Amplified, a selection of young people shared their testimonies, touching on subjects such as drugs, peer pressure, suicide, receiving visions from God and becoming a committed disciple.
“It changed my life,” an anonymous student testified about his commitment to a discipleship group. He gave basic tips to become a disciple and also lead others.
“Its like a good kind of cancer that’s growing,” another testifying teen claimed.
Seven prayer stations led students to pray for areas of leadership, forgiveness, repentance, declaration and discipleship.
Louiso announced plans to continue this event, including more schools, also as an opportunity for restoration and celebration.