Kenya’s healing churches: Faith or fiction?

(VOA) As Christian churches grow in size and number in Kenya, they have created a growing industry of faith healers and televangelists.  Concerns are also rising that these new churches exist only to exploit the poor and desperate.  Kenyans are looking to spot the wicked among the righteous.

Exorcisms, twice weekly. That’s what’s being offered at the Around the Globe Ministry in downtown Nairobi –one of the many new faith healing churches.

Apostle Francis Musili said he used faith and prayer to heal the sick, find love for the forlorn and give hope to the hopeless by driving out demons that possessed their bodies and souls.

Is it a real demonstration of the power of prayer? Or just some elaborate scam?

Musili said the proof was with the parishioners.

“I don’t believe that in the middle of Kenya we have such foolish people who will just be fooled every day. If I’ve been fooling them for the last 30 years, I believe I’m a very good trickster,” he said.

The Kenyan media in particular have been critical of faith healing churches as exploiters of the poor, by selling miracles for profit. Musili himself does not charge for the deliverance service.

But like many evangelists, he is expanding his reach through TV and radio. He runs a formidable broadcasting operation out of the church.

“Myself I would not say I’m poor, I’d be lying. I’m not poor, but I’m also not rich. I’d say whatever I have is to facilitate me to preach the Gospel,” admitted Musili.

So when do faith healers cross the line from miracle workers to predators preying on the poor? [More]


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