Despite their loyal support and commitment to prayers and the so-called prophet, members of the Enlightened Christian Church could not afford to pay to catch taxis back home after joining the congregation in a ‘special prayer’.
Only two days after the church’s leader, Pastor Shepard Bushiri, was released from jail on a hefty bail, a woman showed her utmost dedication to the church and its charismatic leader and travelled to Pretoria to hear him speak, bringing her eight-year-old son with her.
Despite not having excessive amounts of money, the woman paid her dues to the church, which includes a monthly tithe of R1000 and R100 to throw into the collection plate, Briefly.co.za learned.
Not planning further than arriving to see her spiritual guide preach his holy words, she did not have taxi fare to get back to her home in Krugersdorp, and relied on the kindness of fellow churchgoers.
At the Enlightened Christian Gathering, it appears connecting with God does not come at a low cost.
The Sunday Times revealed that around 40 Speedpoint machines are circulated through the church halls and baskets are passed around, encouraging users to pay.
Bushiri also has special prayers for those who want to pay cash to pray at the altar.
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