Be visible and make a difference, Bishop tells “Mighty Men”


Coastal MMC organiser Lance Walton (left) presents a Mighty Men tartan scarf to Port Elizabeth Anglican Bishop, Bethlehem Nopece at the Coastal MMC breakfast today.

Andre Viljoen in Gateway News
June 18. 2011

The Mighty Men Conference (MMC) movement must continue to grow and make a positive impact on South Africa, the Anglican Bishop of Port Elizabeth, Bethlehem Nopece said at a Coastal MMC breakfast in Port Elizabeth today.

He urged the Port Elizabeth-based Coastal MMC to make a special effort to target men in the coloured and Xhosa communities of the city so that the mass Christian men’s movement initiated by farmer-evangelist Angus Buchan in 2004 would continue to grow in the region.

The Coastal MMC aims to provide opportunities for men in the PE area who have attended Mighty Men conferences to meet from time to time to motivate each other to continue to live lives transformed by Jesus and to encourage other men to do likewise. Today’s breakfast, organised by Coastal MMC founder Lance Walton was the first event since the inaugural Karoo MMC at Rusoord farm, Middelburg from April 29 to May 1. At the breakfast Bishop Nopece announced that the next Karoo MMC would be held at the same venue from April 27 to April 29 next year.

Nopece said that many of the problems in South African society today were a consequence of instability in families as a result of misery inflicted on women and children by men. He recalled an incident some five or six years ago when men in the rural Transkei village of Khalinyanga got together to pray about problems such as drug abuse and rape that were afflicting the community. “After they prayed they took sjamboks (whips) and cleaned up the community to everybody’s delight,” he said.

He said men’s participation in public events like prayer walks and breakfasts was significant as Godly men needed to be visible in order to make a difference.

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