Omusati Christians pray for no social ills

13 Dec 2016 15:40pm
ONANDJABA, 13 DEC (NAMPA) – Reverend Kaluwapa Katenda of the Anglican Church in Namibia says revival should start at family level if social issues like domestic violence and suicide are to be done away with in Namibia.
Speaking during a joint mass service and prayer session by the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran church members at Onandjaba settlement on Sunday, he said efforts to address the social ills should not be left to Government alone.
“The fight against social ills will only be won when revivals and attitude change start at individual level,” Katenda said, adding social ills will remain if individuals do not abstain from a negative lifestyle.
He singled out adultery as the leading cause of domestic and gender-based violence in Namibia.
Katenda used the same platform to encourage religious leaders to take the lead in educating the public of good conduct through church services and worships.
The leadership of the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) in Omusati, headed by Reverend Matheus Ampweya, called for the mass service to pray for the alleviation of social ills in Namibia that also include alcohol and drug abuse, corruption, poverty and unemployment.
Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka and Councillor Laurentius Iipinge of the Okalongo Constituency, under which the Onandjaba settlement falls, were also at the church service.
Nghipondoka and Iipinge commended the Omusati regional CCN leadership for uniting Christians at a joint service under one roof. The regional religious body earlier this year conducted such a service and prayer at Outapi.
One of the organisers, Reverend Nekwaya Kashima of the Anglican Church in the Omusati Region told the gathering that more such sessions should be expected every year.
Kashima is also special advisor to the Omusati Regional Governor, Erginus Endjala.