Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa took his controversial gospel to England over the weekend – but dozens of Zimbabweans who sat through his sermons were left slightly disappointed he did not perform some of his “miracles” that have riveted a nation.
In Zimbabwe, the United Family International Church founder is famed for performing “miracles” – some say he can make miracle money; pray for people to lose weight and even make miracle babies.
His visit to Manchester created a buzz in the Zimbabwean community in England, with many taking to Twitter and Facebook to predict what miracles he would perform.
But the miracle seekers were left slightly deflated after Makandiwa dedicated most of his time to conventional bible teachings.
One Zimbabwean who attended on Thursday and Friday said: “His teachings were deeper and calmer, and involved no miracle stunts or deliverance, much to the chagrin of the miracle seekers.”
But while he may have left the get-rich-quick and get-slim-fast crowd high and dry, the Jubilee Church – which averaged 300 congregants on each of the two nights – got a taste of Makandiwa’s miracle money after he donated an eye watering £100,000.
Makandiwa – who preaches to an average 5,000 people in Harare every Sunday – told the congregation that he had outgrown the biblical 10 percent tithe.
He declared: “I have gone beyond the traditional and biblical 10 percent. I now give 60 percent of my earnings to God, my family is happy to live on 40 percent.
“But I’m not saying this should be a standard for everyone.”
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) says on its website that it has 300 parishes in over 30 countries, including its Manchester branch which invited Makandiwa and his Ghanaian “godfather” Prophet Victor Boateng.
Makandiwa's oversubscribed Sunday services, and connections with rich businessmen and politicans, have made him a wealthy man. But even his critics admit the preacher is a kind-hearted man who gives a lot to charity even as he leads a flashy lifestyle and drives supercars.