The Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA) General Secretary Rev. Lungile Mpetsheni has reminded Christians to speak out in adverse situations, and to speak up for those in need in his Easter Message.

Referring to John 19:28-29 where Jesus said that he was thirsty after six hours on the cross, Rev Mpetsheni wrote that those who suffer should use their voices in this trying time of COVID-19 infections, where issues of economic inequality and gender-based violence have worsened, and church ministers face difficulties in their work.

Those at the cross responded to Jesus’ thirst and provided him with something to drink. Likewise, we should hear and respond positively the voices of those who are in need. Serving God includes serving the needy, homeless and destitute, since Jesus said that whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40).

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