WELL-KNOWN “FUGITIVE” MALAWIAN PREACHER AND PROPHET SURRENDERS TO POLICE
Famous Malawian preacher and proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri- the leader of Enlightenment Christian Gathering Church, also known to his followers as Major 1- and his wife Mary have handed themselves over to the police of their home country after skipping bail in South Africa.
In Lilongwe (Malawi’s capital), on Wednesday morning, the couple turned themselves in.
Earlier within the month, the South African court released them on bail after being charged with money laundering and fraud. Previously he had said that he desired to clear his name.
It was on Saturday that Mr. Bushiri told his supporters via social media that his decision to skip bail was because he had been receiving death threats.
He also accused the South African authorities of failing to offer adequate protection.
He had further decided against speaking about how they got out, and his escape sparked a diplomatic row between South Africa and Malawi.
The South African government issued a warrant for their arrest on Monday, and has already initiated the process of extraditing the couple, labeling them as fugitives.
Shalom and blessings, my dear brothers and sisters of the faith. God bless you all, and I trust that you are doing fine, and pray that the hand of God is continuing to move powerfully within your lives. Despite this ongoing pandemic that we are all caught up in, please, I want you to understand one very very important thing… that viral infections and physical illness should not be our only prayer topic that we pray about on a daily basis! Of course, the topic should not be neglected, but there are some serious matters that we must also spiritually address.
1 Tim 2:1-2 urges us that “supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” Children of God, Jesus Christ is conveying through his vessel apostle Paul (who is writing to Timothy, his spiritual son) that in order for us to live good lives, we must pray for all those who are in authority! It is very very important!
Please understand that the scripture is referring to both secular and religious authority. Not only must we continue to pray for our political and government leaders, but for all of our leaders within the Body of Christ as well. Eph 4:11-12 reads, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” Jesus has given to us specific leaders within the faith as gifts to us, and in order for them to continue successfully fulfilling their divine assignments, we must stand by them physically as well as in prayer!
In the Christian faith, it is saddening to see Christians attacking their leaders immediately upon the sight of a fault. It is said by many Christian leaders that you do not see any other religion that attacks its own like Christians do. So allow me to ask you, dear Child of God, why should we allow ourselves to behave like this any longer? This mentality and practice of unnecessary civil strife within us can quickly change, as we decide to put away our carnal judgements, lean not on our own understanding and wholeheartedly trust what God is doing moving forward.
Today, I urge and in fact charge you to not only pray for Shepherd Bushiri, his wife and ministry, but also for the Body of Christ as a whole and particularly its leaders. Pray The Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6:9-13), and pray that ultimately God’s will be done on this earth, not our own. Remember that King David and many other great Biblical leaders made multiple mistakes throughout the Bible, yet God still loved them and increased what he had given them. Therefore, let us not move forward with a heart of stone, but a heart of love renewed and revived by the Holy Spirit. It is not our duty to play the blame game, figuring out who wronged who and how, but to live true to God’s perfect will in our own personal lives. I urge us all as I do myself, let love lead!
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