BOOK LAUNCH of ‘NO NEUTRAL GROUND’ by Pete Portal Thursday, 15 August at 19:00

The extraordinary story of one man’s journey to bring faith and hope to the places where it is needed most – among gangsters and drug addicts.

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world – often described as a kind of heaven on earth. But for the majority of its inhabitants it is hell. Ghettoes are everywhere, and for those living in Manenberg – a coloured township on the Cape Flats, purpose-built by the apartheid government as part of its forced removal plan – life is just as marginal today as it was during apartheid. The main differences now are the rampant drug use and widespread gang presence.

No Neutral Ground is the gripping account of Pete Portal’s move from London to Manenberg, the true story of addicts and gangsters being transformed, and how he went from living with a heroin addict to helping establish a church community – and all the heartbreak and failure along the way.

‘Pete’s book is a combination of inspiring stories, wild faith and insightful challenge. It will stretch your views of prayer – both answered and unanswered – and of the deeply transformative power of love.’ Pete Greig, Author and Founder 24-7 Prayer

Pete holds Masters degrees in Theology (Edinburgh) and Theology, Politics and Faith-based Organisations (King’s College London).

In his spare time Pete enjoys carpentry and plays football for FC Manenberg.