Botswana: Bishop Urges Churches to Pray for Elections

Kanye — President of Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), Bishop Philimon Motlhagodi has appealed to churches to continue praying for peace, unity and stability that continue to thrive in Botswana.

Bishop Motlhagodi said this at Moshupa recently during a church service organised by Apostolic Church in Zion.

The service was part of the familiarisation tour of AOIC faith sector and also to give the church spiritual direction as well as to highlight topical issues affecting the faith sector in Botswana. They also used the tour to pray for political stability, social ills and peace in the country.

The service attracted all pastors from the OAIC, other denominations together with Moshupa residents.

Bishop Motlhagodi said the main agenda was to pray for the smooth running of the upcoming national elections scheduled for October 23.

"We have realised that there is need for all of us to converge and pray for the smooth running of the election.

We should bear in mind that we are not praying for anyone in particular, but all the political leaders in order to promote the peace and stability that prevails in our country."

He said Batswana pride themselves with peace and stability which other nations were still aspiring for, adding that it was crucial to preserve it, adding that it was such noble gesture that has created a conducive platform for churches to worship.

"We pray for the 57 constituencies," he said.

Delivering the objective of the day, New Apostolic Church in Zion, Bishop Dickson Motlogelwa said there was need for all churches to pray as one, hence they invited other churches.

"God bless us, I would love all of us to pray in unison for the upcoming general elections to run smoothly," he said.

Meanwhile, Southern District principal records manager at the Department of National Archives and Records Centre, Mr Andrew Phologolo said government was concerned about the church record management and preservation.

He appealed to the church leadership to consider archiving all their records for future referencing, adding that most of the works and archives were from white owned churches.

Mr Phologolo said his office was open for invitations to provide assistance and archiving their works, adding that the department was devoted to the management of information in an organisation throughout its life cycle.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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