Rev. Ntlatseng from the Zamdela Minister’s Assosication (ZAMA)
Rose Fumane Nthoroane
Psalm 91:1-2 reads “He who dwells in the secret place of the Highest, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God in Him I will trust”, this is one the bible scriptures that was read during the VUT Interdenominational Day of Prayer, which was held on Wednesday, 06 March 2019 at the Desmond Tutu Great Hall.
“Today, Wednesday 6 March 2019 marks the beginning of the Lenten season which lasts for 40 days until Easter Sunday on 21 April 2019.This is a special time of prayer, in preparation of the celebration of Easter. This is the time where we need to cleanse our spirit so that we are ready to participate in the Holy Communion in our respective churches. We are grateful as the VUT community that the diary of Prof Zide, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, could only accommodate the 6th of March 2019 for the VUT Interdenominational Day of Prayer. We thank God for this opportunity”, said Ms Mokotsi, Director: Marketing and Public Relation and Programme Director.
The theme for day was to pray for the sustenance and an affirming positive working and learning environment within the VUT.
Professor Zide, Vice Chancellor & Principal, gave the audience a warm welcome message highlighting and urging the institution to be united, “As I lead this institution, it is not about me, it is about the institution because each and every one of us has got a time to come in and a time to exist”, said Prof Zide. He also mentioned he wants the institution to be judged by bringing unity and not division, “I want God to use me as His instrument of bringing about peace, stability and unity, he said.”
Prayers and scriptures were shared by different church leaders who were assigned to pray for different items such as Council and Executive Management; Wellness of Staff and Students; All VUT Staff Members; Unions; Sites of Delivery; Student Leaders; Protection of VUT Students; Substance Abuse; Sporting Codes; Student’s Residences; Violence; Students’ Academic Success; Success of the Institution as well as final general prayer to end corruption and fraud as well a negative reporting about VUT in the media.
In closing, Rev. Ntlatseng from the Zamdela Minister’s Assosication (ZAMA) based his prayer on Matthew 13:25 “But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.” He further added that whenever you are planning or doing something there is always a negative third party (enemy) to destruct the process, you need to be careful of such to succeed.
Dr Langa, from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology and Presiding from the Christ Gospel Family Church gave acknowledgements on behalf of VUT and thanked the congregation for being supportive and participation during the prayer session.