THEY’ve came from all over the country, from across the borders too, for an appointment with “the man of God”. The throngs that have descended for the Night of Bliss with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the Christ Embassy Church in Joburg arrived carrying loved ones on makeshift stretchers made of blankets and coats, the very ill and disabled on their backs or in wheelchairs. And the capacity crowd packed into the FNB Stadium were all there to witness a night of miracles.
My reasons for going there were twofold. I wanted to go as a journalist, to cover the event, and I wanted to be healed. I have a bad leg and I walk with a crutch, and as I left home with my R275 ticket for the stadium I told my son I hoped I’d return healed and ready to run the Comrades Marathon.
Outside the stadium, traffic officers and security guards try in vain to direct cars and buses. Police vehicles and emergency teams are everywhere, and a helicopter even hovers above the stadium. But inside, everything runs like clockwork. Ushers – women dressed in black two-piece suits and gold blouses and men in black suits, pink shirts and pink and gold ties – show me to my seat. The air is already electric, with teenagers selling Pastor Chris books, CDs and DvDs, people laughing and crying and the music loud.
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