Ghanaian prophet enchants Zimbabweans

HARARE - Hundreds of faithfuls are converging at the Appointed Time Ministries for healing services being offered by a Ghanaian celebrity preacher who is sending waves across Zimbabwe.
 
Following his highly successful sermons in Bulawayo, Prophet Frank Asare Nyamekye, affectionately known as “Prophet Frank”, descended on Harare last week, drawing bumper crowds.

They came from across the country with various afflictions and complaints.

Zimbabweans and foreigners of different culture, class, status and stature came in their hundreds last Friday for the much-hyped all-night prayer that lived up to its billing.

They had all come to see the celebrated Ghanaian cleric whose authenticity and authority has been the source of heated debate and dispute across the continent.

The auditorium at Appointed Time Ministries, located along Robert Mugabe Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets in Harare’s central business district, was packed to capacity.

People came with a variety of ailments ranging from the deadly and incurable to the desire for breakthrough and breaking of curses.

“I don’t know what happened, but when the man of God touched me, it was like lightning and I fell down,” said a woman who was “saved” at the all-night prayer.

The atmosphere was intense and expectant, with the proceedings recorded on an IPad 4.
 
A band was on standby to provide background music.

The swaggering Prophet Frank exhorted all to believe that a touch from God is all they required, telling them to prepare for a life-changing testimony.

Wild cheers followed.

That hopeful message, along with good looks and style, has helped make Prophet Frank one of the most successful Ghanaian evangelists.

He left Zimbabwe over the weekend for a pilgrim that is taking him to several African countries where he stages mega-church sermons.

Last Friday’s dramatic healing scenes unfolded as spontaneous cries for help interrupted wild shouts of joy echoing throughout the vast auditorium.

Applause rippled impulsively among the attentive onlookers, with shouts of “Holy Ghost!” with a seemingly endless energy, Prophet Frank — looking resplendent in an all-black outfit — prayed individually for the attendants.

Some cried, some fell, and some remained still, others rolled uncontrollably under divine influence.
From witchcraft to various ailments, barrenness to breakthrough — the prophet touched them all, and instantaneous testimonies ensued.

But along with Prophet Frank’s imposing and growing congregation, have come critics — from both the cynical left and the outraged right.

Even more problematic, for Prophet Frank is the “prosperity gospel” he preaches.

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God,” is a Bible verse that critics are apt to throw in the faces of upbeat preachers who emphasize God’s plan for your personal success.

But Prophet Frank never solicits funds from congregants.

His brother Elvis Nyamekye says he returns to Zimbabwe towards the end of November after touring several countries.

He said Zimbabweans seeking anointing can come for mass at Appointed Time Ministries.

Pentecostalism has swept through Zimbabwe in recent years, offering the promise not just of entry into heaven in the afterlife but of prosperity and healing in this life.

The skyrocketing rise of prosperity gospel comes against the background of Zimbabwe’s society where spectacular wealth disparities exist and people seeking get rich quick schemes at every opportunity. - Gift Phiri

    Comments (1)

    In fact i love this prophet of God. Dont look at his stature but look at the depth of authority God has deposited in him to command what is impossible to be possible. you are too much

    Emmanuel Aboagye - 6 February 2015

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