The third edition of the annual Amanzimtoti Mighty Men Conference will be taking place at Kuswag High School fields from 30 September to 2 October, all free of charge.
The event has grown in numbers since its introduction to the area in 2014 with last year’s highly successful theme of restitution between fathers and sons continued again this year.
Commenting on the conference – which sees hundreds of Christian men across denominations coming together in a spirit of unity – event organiser, Freddie van Vuuren, said the relaxed South Coast environment provided the perfect setting for the interactive workshops.
“Sadly, there are many things going wrong in our community which are rooted in the absence of guidance in our families,” explained Van Vuuren. “Nobody is born criminal. Something goes wrong in our childhood which forms a platform from which that behaviour springs. However, if we can restore love and forgiveness at a family level, and if this can become the foundation of every life, then respect for each other will return and communities will change. This is what we hope to see coming out of the conference.”
In an effort to grow the event even further, opening it up to all community members, the entire weekend will be free of charge with no cost for day visitors or campers.
There will be two workshops held on Saturday morning, focusing on the main theme of father and son relationship building. All workshops will be hosted in the school hall, so there will be no impact on the schedule if weather conditions are poor.
In addition to the workshops, there will be a fun Potjiekos competition held between the men’s committees of the different churches for the official title of ‘Potjiekos King’.
There will be a number of services given by an incredible line-up of speakers, held throughout the weekend starting on Friday, 30 September at 7pm. Dr Anthony Jacobs, who has been very well received following his relocation to the South Coast area from Pretoria, will take to the podium on Friday. Through his sermons, Dr Jacobs has changed lives of both young and old and is sure to make an impact on the audience.
Saturday (1 October) will have a morning service at 9am and an evening service at 7pm both of which will be led by Empangeni’s pastor, Andrew Anderson. This dynamic cattle farmer has been schooled under Angus Buchan and is also one of his spiritual sons. His focus on the role of men and the need to become a hero in the home is sure to change lives.
There will also be two Sunday (2 October) services, one starting at 6am on the beach which will suit campers that need to leave early and the main service, open to all, at 12pm. This will be a Celebration in Christ services, enabling everyone to attend their own church services before the joint service where prayers for the nation, as well as much-needed rain, will be held.
Pastor Takalani Mufamadi, international speaker and author, will give his sermon for the main service. Mufamadi is the senior pastor of Grace Tabernacle Church in Austerville, Wentworth. He is also the third General Overseer of the Full Gospel Church of South Africa.
The Mighty Men Conference, hosted in Mooi River, will be held at from 7 to 9 October on Southern Cross Farm. For more information, Contact Pieter on 072 807 7231 or visit www.mightyconferences.com
Any church choirs, gospel bands and performers interested in leading the service on Sunday can contact Freddie on 082 941 9244. For golf day bookings, contact Alta on 082 443 0493. For more information about the event, contact either Freddie, Alta or Chris on 083 647 7604.
Photo by Andrew Climpson