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Packed house at special service

Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke ministering to the thousands gathered at the Garfield Sobers Complex on Sunday. (Picture by Ricardo Leacock.)

Tue, January 22, 2013 - 12:08 AM

THOUSANDS flocked to the Wildey Gymnasium at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex as early as 2 o’clock on Sunday to hear the preaching of visiting evangelist Reinhard Bonnke during a service of “blessing and spiritual renewal”.

There was standing room only, with many having to stand throughout the more than three-hour long service which was filled with ministry in song, dance, praise, worship and prayer.

The service started promptly at 6 p.m.

In the congregation were scores of pastors, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and some members of the Cabinet.  (CH)

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Posted by David Hall 1 year, 9 months ago
I do not support the view that the preacher's color was the reason why people flocked to the gymnasium. I believe that Bajans are generally religious and somewhat superstitious, when this is coupled with the talk of the preacher being a miracle worker this was enough to bring people out in their numbers. Also, one cannot discount the political motivation behind this meeting coming at the point in time. Despite these contradictions, I found the message timely and a reminder as to God’s love for all men regardless of our failing and a reminder as to how people ought to treat each-other.

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 9 months ago
Look at the flock. Of sheep.
Donating in their thousands.

Feel-good anyone?

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 9 months ago
A pertinent line from the show EVITA.

"..and the money keeps rolling in.."

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Posted by Bajan Fishermen 1 year, 9 months ago
I am really puzzled when supposedly educated people, would flock to so called religious persons who claim all sort of crazy stuff like raising the dead. To make matters worst, so called leaders of our society further by their presence at such carnivals, would try and add legitimacy to such foolishness.
If these leaders and their religious snake oil salesmen and women really believe such hocus pockus, the why don't the said political leaders not ask these persons of such great skills to bring back not only those who are dead in Westbury Cemetery, but also the Barbados economy while their are at it?
It is really a shame to see such lunacy on center stage, accompanied but our political leaders.
Could it be that those snake oil salespersons and our leaders are part and parcel, or maybe our leaders are seeking to be politically raised from the dead?
On a much lighter note, Bajans should sop believing in such crazy religious stupidity. THEY BETTER REMEMBER JIM JONES.

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Posted by Emmerson C 1 year, 9 months ago
I personally do not see the political motivation behind the timing of the crusade. What I have seen and believe is still evident to this day is if a black Barbadian preacher,pastor, deacon, bishop or elder were to prophesy as to being a miracle worker or healer he/she would be eternally criticized; maybe even ostracized as crazy and certainly would not be able to command such an audience as Bonnke did. Go figure!

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