An investigation by a team from Daily Nation has revealed what happens inside controversial Kenyan televangelist, James Ng’ang’a’s church on Sundays.
Daily Nation journalist Celestine Olilo and his team got firsthand experience on Sunday when they attended Apostle Ng’ang’a’s Neno Evangelism church located in Nairobi CBD.
They sought to bring to light some of the happenings at Neno Evangelism Centre, where Pastor Ng’ang’a has made controversial remarks in the past, including admonishing his bishops as well as congregants.
It was established that Pastor Ng'ang'a enforces strict rules including dictating how much his faithful will offer to the Lord.
“Last Sunday niliwaambia muje na elfu moja. Leo nataka kuona ni wangapi wamefanya hivyo. Watu hapa wanataka kuwa matajiri na hawawezi kuletea pastor elfu moja. Ngoja tutaona,” Ng’ang’a told the congregation ahead of offertory session.
(Last Sunday I asked you to come with Sh1,000. Today I want to see how many have done so. Some of you want to become rich but can’t spare Sh1,000 to give to the pastor.)
Further to this, worshippers are not allowed to exit the church during the service, especially the offertory session that takes about an hour. During this session, all-female ushers donning matching outfits move around with bags collecting the offerings.
They linger on until you offer something and coins are not accepted, according to the report by Daily Nation. What will surprise you is what one of the undercover journalists was told after giving Sh50.
"If you give a Sh50 note, as we did, the usher stoops down and whispered, “God is watching you. You are stealing from the Lord,” the reporter noted.
At 5:30 pm, a two-hour deliverance session where those who are demon-possessed are exorcised begins. The team found out that one part with Sh3,500 to have demons driven out of them.
"As we prepared to get into this session, we were informed that it would cost us Sh3,500 to have him pray over us. Those that could not raise that amount were asked to give whatever they had and then come the following Sunday with the balance," Daily Nation reported.
Those who paid were led to the front and lined up along the altar barefoot as Pastor Ng’ang’a laid hands on them, asking the devil in them to come out and say his name.
When one Nation journalist tried to film the session, an usher quickly stopped them and asked them to wait for the official videos from the church's office.