The Masvingo representative of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church founded by charismatic Malawian preacher Shepherd Bushiri has opened a shop in the ancient town ostensibly to encourage pastors to venture into business and not depend on congregants.
Apostle Jean Pierre Dusabe opened a grocery shop in Hellet Street where popular night Liquids Bar International was housed.
Dusabe’s shop, called Goshen Cambridge Cash and Carry, sells groceries and has products as cooking oil, sugar, toiletries, among others. He told Masvingo Mirror:
Prices are affordable at Goshen Cambridge Cash and Carry. The place is always busy. This is an encouragement to other pastors and servants of the Lord to invest in a business and stop depending on congregants for help or offerings.
Our prices are pegged in USD and RTGS with a 2kg bag of rice selling for USD$ 1.50, 2l cooking oil USD$3.35, 10kg of Mealie meal USD$4.60.
Modern-day charismatic preachers such as Bushiri have established megachurches and their followers refer to them as “father”, a concept borrowed from the Biblical Old Testament where the prophet Samuel had disciples who were referred to as his sons.