The Arusha Times

Issue 00458

March 3 - 9, 2007

issn 0856 - 9135 

Local News

Famous gospel personalities ‘target’ Israel
Geor Davie, Mwakasege, give flocks a taste of Jerusalem

By Valentine Marc Nkwame

Gospel preachers , especially the ones currently commanding large following in Arusha, seem to have developed a sudden interest in Israel. Christopher Mwakasege the Arusha-based, popular mobile gospel preacher, has just announced his intention to take people to Jerusalem and visit the Biblical landscapes in the middle-east.

If all goes well, then the preacher will be embarking on the Israeli trip early next April, five months after yet another Arusha- based preacher Geor Davie took another entourage to Jerusalem in a pilgrimage tour.

Mwakasege, whose formula of operation includes taking a large tent with him wherever he goes round the country, conducting series of gospel arenas, announced his proposed ‘Holy land pilgrimage,’ during his just ended Arusha leg of gospel seminars which had pitched tent at the Railway grounds for eight days climaxing last Sunday February 25.

But he won’t be taking the giant tent to Israel with him. This is because, unlike the mobile seminars which are always free of charge, thus attracting thousands, the number of people. The proposed trip to Israel on the other hand is set to be highly limited by the amount of money that an individual person will be supposed to pay for the trip.

Anybody who is interested to visit Israel with the preacher must part with at least US $1600 (about Tsh. 2 million) to pay for the return ticket, Jerusalem tour and shared boarding while in the ‘Holy land’ or pay a little more if he or she prefer the room to themselves. It has been planned that the Israel entourage take place from the 1st to the 10th of April this year.

Geor Davie, based at Kisongo area took a delegation of about 100 believers to Jerusalem last November. The individual cost for the Geor Davie’s week-long Israel pilgrimage cost about US $1700 per person.

Both Mwakasege and Davie are currently the most popular gospel preachers around, with the former commanding large following countrywide due to his mobile seminars while the latter has pitched a stationary temple in Kisongo area, where thousands flock for mass every Sunday morning, much to the dismay of mainstream churches that allegedly have been losing worshipers since Mr. Davie started his operations.

The two preachers are also famous Radio personalities. Mwakasege airs weekly programs through the Moshi -based ‘Radio Sauti ta Injili’ and during his recent seminar. He went live on air through the Arusha based -Safina radio. Davie on the other hand, owns an FM radio station which covers mostly Kisongo area.

 

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