Bumper crowd at Judgement Night

HARARE - He is one man who can make politicians green with envy because of his crowd-pulling power.

United Family International Church (UFIC) leader Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa’s “Judgement Night 2” literally brought Harare to a standstill last Saturday, with the largest gathering of Christians ever witnessed in Zimbabwe.

By 5pm, large crowds were already packed into the giant National Sports Stadium, where the event was taking place.

It was an unprecedented spectacle, and these were never-before-seen crowds.



Part of the crowd at the Judgement Night 2.

It is estimated that at least 150 000 people attended the mega event as thousands of people occupied the overflow venue at the National Sports Stadium’s B Arena.

The road from Harare’s city centre leading to the stadium was heavily congested as huge numbers of motorists drove to the stadium for the well-organised event.



MEN OF GOD...Prophets Emmanuel Makandiwa, Victor Kusi Boateng and Uebert Angel at the UFIC's Jugdement Night at the National Sports Stadium on April 19. Pic Idah Mhetu

People braved the chilly weather, a precursor to the fast-approaching winter.

From ministers to MPs, foreigners and several business people, the stadium became a hub of activity, bringing the night alive with a powerful Public Address (PA) system.

Some of the government officials who attended the event include Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo and Tourism minister Walter Mzembi;  with politicians Phillip Chiyangwa and  Bright Matonga also part of the crowd.



Prophet Angel helps Prophet Boateng put on his coat as the weather got chilly.

There were deafening ululations and whistles, a sure sign of the great multitude that filled the 60 000-seater Chinese-built stadium, which proved not big enough for the event as the numbers kept swelling during the night.

Residents from surrounding areas such as Warren Park and Westlea could be seen flocking in large numbers to the stadium.

Several sick people and some on wheelchairs were wheeled into the arena, with many receiving deliverance.

Besides the people that were on the terraces, another large crowd was seated on the pitch, while others occupied the overflow space, which was outside the giant stadium.

Makandiwa’s pulling power is amazing, and will surely go down in Zimbabwe’s history as one of the greatest.

Several people from around the country graced the occasion, with some coming from as far as Bulawayo, to witness the event.



Prophets Angel (left) and Boateng.

The event turned out to be more colourful than expected, with several local and South African musicians providing entertainment.

Some of the musicians who performed were Zimbabwe’s power gospel couple Charles and Olivia Charamba, Mathias Mhere, Sebastian Magacha and renowned South African artistes Deborah Fraser and Hlengiwe Mhlaba. They all gave top drawer performances that kept the crowd on its feet.

Makandiwa, a celebrity preacher with a huge following literally dwarfing all other local preachers, made a grand entrance that brought the whole stadium to delirium, with many clapping and whistling.



Prophet Makandiwa prays for one of the Judgement Night attendants.

Looking resplendent in a white suit and accompanied by his wife Ruth, Makandiwa sent the bumper crowd into a frenzy.

His followers were putting on the church’s white T-shirts, specifically branded for the Judgement Night event.

Some were elegantly dressed in suits, while others in different departments wore colours that identified them with their particular areas of specialty.

The colourful event was also graced by Makandiwa’s Ghanaian spiritual father Victor Kusi Boateng and Spirit Embassy founder Prophet Uebert Angel.

When Makandiwa introduced Angel, the whole stadium erupted welcoming the charismatic preacher with the song “Major Muprofita wechokwadi” (You are a true Prophet).

The function also gave brisk business to vendors who erected their stalls outside the stadium as the prayer session had been widely advertised at movie theatres, on cars, on billboards and everywhere else where space was available.

A week before the event, the church also held a massive march in the city centre advertising the event, which proved to be a success by any standard.

During the prayer session, the UFIC leader brought healing to the sick, while he prophesied about new developments in Zimbabwe, a country battered by acute economic difficulties.

Judgement Night 2 follows a similar event held two years ago.

 

Comments (13)

"Green with envy" Daily News are you serious. Just shows the poor standard of information we are given

English - 22 April 2014

The magnitude of spiritual gatherings should not be politicised through journalism in order to build tension where it can not be accomodated as evidenced by the attendance of politicians otherwise the venue could have been different if the same politicians had something to hide with regards to large numbers.

tichaona - 22 April 2014

I would say, well said, in relation to the topic given. We thank God for the new season ushered in for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe remembered at last.

Divine - 22 April 2014

150 000 in a 60 000 seater stadium ummmmm ok i see

china - 22 April 2014

DAILY NEWS at least you provided better coverage than many papers. Thank you for giving something detailed.

peter juta - 22 April 2014

..... And his message or sermon????

Me - 23 April 2014

oh this God of Proph Makandiwa cn't resist him. he z awesome

mwana waprophet - 24 April 2014

HAah Makandiwa akapenga wena hapana akamboita zvadai before.ummmmmmm you have to respect him vanhu vese ava mukuti vakutevera chii?He is definately carrying something

jane - 24 April 2014

Ndakudawo kuendawo kwaMakandiwa

jimmy - 24 April 2014

u r blessing to me prophet Makandiwa

JETI - 25 April 2014

MUPOROFITA UYU MUNHU MUKURU ZIMBABWE TARANGARIRWA!!!!!

MUNANA - 25 April 2014

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