Dear Presbyterians,

The UPCSA leadership, working with the Gender Desk, deemed it necessary to hold a 24-hours prayer marathon from Friday the 19th November at 18:00 to Saturday the 20th November at 18:00. This comes out of reading the signs of times and the UPCSA is affected by what is happening. The church is called to prayer.

  1. The COVID-19 pandemic is making itself a god that controls our lives. It has had huge impact in the lives of many. Last night, we held a healing/memorial service for all the UPCSA members who passed away from March 2020. We were shocked by the statistics, although the lists from the Presbyteries were not up to date. The pandemic has laid bare the fault lines and inadequacies in our societies, as we continue to witness the growing gap between the rich and poor, racism, GBV and femicide, xenophobia, low spirituality levels and other ills.
  2. The loss of income is being experienced by many. High unemployment is on the rise and it affects the youth mostly. The church is also feeling the pinch.
  3. The recently held  local government elections in South Africa gave a reading that there is a fallout between the politicians and the electorate. Corruption, lack of service delivery, dishonesty, poor/bad governance can be cited as some of the causes of voter apathy.
  4. The prophetic voice of the church is lacking in many of the circumstances. The church is being called to wake up from its slumber. The UPCSA shall be a missional church and a reconciled church. The UPCSA must “exercise its prophetic witness to Christ”, in keeping with its vision.

Each Presbytery and Cluster of General Assembly Committees will determine how they are going to use the hour that will be given to them. The prayer marathon shall be concluded by a message from the Moderator of the General Assembly at 18:00 on the 20th November 2021.

Please Note: The Moderator of the General Assembly is calling all the Christians in the UPCSA to a day of fasting on the 20th November 2021 from 6 am to 6 pm.

The ZOOM link for the prayer marathon is as follows:

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Meeting ID: 974 0860 1288

Passcode: 343945

Warmest regards,


Rev Dr Lungile Mpetsheni



General Secretary

Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa


Secretary – Africa Communion of Reformed Churches

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