Self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri has launched a mobile application to enable his followers watch his church services.
However, the app, which is available on Google Play and App Store as Major 1 Connect, requires a monthly subscription of R79. An annual subscription option is also available.
In a statement on Monday, the leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG) said Major 1 Connect will help his followers connect with him via video conferencing.
‘Over 7,000 connected via app’
Bushiri added, “Through the video conferencing, those connected are able to interact with the prophet, just like a normal physical church gathering.
“They are able to talk with the prophet and, most important of all, to pray with him as their number one prayer partner.”
ECG claimed more than 7,000 worshippers connected with Bushiri during the launch via the app on Sunday.
The church said, “Over 6 million joined through connecting with live broadcasts on Prophet Channel Tv, YouTube and Facebook. More than 25,000 people are expected to connect directly through Major 1 Connect in the coming service.”
Social media criticism
Earlier this month, Bushiri came under heavy social media criticism after a video of him asking his followers for tithe went viral.
“You are saying, ‘It’s a Sunday and I cannot go without my offering.’ There’s a church account I’m putting on the screen right now,” he was heard saying in the video.
Social media users slammed him for being insensitive in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
However, his spokesperson, Ephraim Nyondo, said the “prophet” was raising money for personal protective equipment (PPE).
Nyondo said, “The prophet intends for raise more money from willing well-wishers across the globe – the money needed to buy ventilators, face masks, gloves and hand sanitisers, which will be given freely to any place where it’s needed.
“At no time has prophet Bushiri demanded money from his members. Members do so willingly as part of their resolve to serve God through supporting the ECG church.”