Gone are the days when preachers used to depend on tithes and offerings as a source of income. In present times, you can hardly separate pastors and their churches from earthly possessions.
Men and women of God have embarked on unprecedented projects; some under their ministries and others individually.
And now, several influential pastors in Kenya are determined to raise mega cities mostly in Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Kilifi and Mombasa counties. They insist that the goal is to settle God’s people and generate money for ministry to reach more people.
A sneak peak of these ambitious cities reveals that the projects will incorporate impeccable facilities such as shopping malls, hospitals, banks, restaurants, auditoriums, schools and residential homes.
Litkenya.com has been tracking some of the pastors spreading their tentacles beyond ministries. Let’s go!
1. Revered Julian Kyula
The founder of Purpose Center Church is an ace businessman with interests in Fintech and real estate. He belives that it is no coincidence that men of the cloth are talking cities while the government is keen on affordable housing at the same time. In recent interviews, he has emphasized that God want to give his people dignity living through decent and affordable homes. He belives that ordinary people like waiters and security guards will be beneficiaries of these projects because the houses will offer realistic and easy mortgage payments. The first phase of his project is ongoing in Dagorreti, Nairobi city.
2. Bishop Mark Kariuki
The overseer of Deliverance Church International is presiding over Majestic City, a project in Ruai, Nairobi. Trumped as a state-of-the-art modern city, the project was launched by President William Ruto in February. The Head of State promised to help Bishop Kariuki hook investors.
3. Apostle James Ng’ang’a
The bold man of God has commenced plans to build Jerusalem City, an idea he says has been with him since 2007 when he visited Israel. The Neno Evangelism pastor disclosed that the city will house a church, a hotel and several world-class facilities, all in a 50-acre piece of land in Nkatatei, Kajiado County.
Pastor Ezekiel Odero
Brought up in abject poverty, Pastor Ezekiel overcame many hurdles to establish Newlife Church and now building a city in Mavueni, Kilifi County. The project, sitting on 65 acres, will house a hotel, a hospital, a mall, a supermarket, a rehabilitation center, a helipad, cottages and everything good in between. Kilifi Governor Gideon Mung’aro and his team visited the project and we’re awed by the structures coming up.