Students from two Cape Town universities took to the mountains instead of protesting, as youth movements gathered globally in prayer for World Student Day.
The IFES celebrated its 2016 World Student Day through prayer, Bible study and communal get-togethers held at various university campuses across the world. Its South African affiliate, the Students’ Christian Organisation (SCO) hosted a unique “prayer hike” to Cape Town’s Lion’s Head.
This is where students engaged in trail running and hiking in seek of an elevated prayer spot, amidst ongoing fee protests.
“With all campuses being shut down, we figured why not go pray on the mountain?! World Student Day is a significant day for us as a movement and we’re glad to have joined the world in this” said Nathan Theunis, SCO Cape Town Branch Chairperson.
Students present were from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and University of Western Cape (UWC). Accompanied by a word of encouragement, the prayer hike catered for a number of global prayer requests, as circulated on the IFES website along with those made for universities across the country.
“[The event] was great. I’ve learned a lot about IFES and the challenges that affect fellow Christians across the globe” said Ayakha Ngcoko, an attendant from CPUT Bellville campus.
In 2019, SCO will host the 9th IFES World Assembly in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. Preparations are also in place for the 2017 IFES English and Portuguese-speaking Africa Student Missions Conference to be held in Johannesburg late next year.
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