By: Bester Kayaye
The Enlighten Christian Gathering (ECG) Church is to conduct its highly anticipated Crossover service virtually as government’s early Covid19 precautionary measures are to bar people outside Malawi from attending.
Initially ECG scheduled to host it’s 2020/2021 Miracle Night Crossover at Bingu National Stadium until government revoked the early accreditation citing the event is likely to attract excessive patronage hence bleaching Covid19 prevention measures and upcoming Stadium assessment by CAF management.
In response to the development ECG resorted to take the event to Malawi Square at Umodzi Park in Lilongwe whereby High-technology outdoor studio shall be engraved for wide scale crossover broadcast.
However as the country continues registering new cases of novel COVID-19 pandemic as an alarming rate, with the current minister of Labour Ken Kandodo been bedridden for the virus, Ministry of Health has ordered to have land boarders closed for 14 days commencing from 23 December and it has also restricted of gatherings to maximum of 100 during the 14 days in a bid to curb the virus.
And in complying to the declared standards in line with the upcoming Miracle night crossover, ECG has announced that it will host the ceremony online to accommodate all believers congregating with the church.
According to the statement issued by ECG’s Public Relations Officer Ephraim Nyondo, the church is in total compliance with Malawi’s government new COVID-19 regulations hence opting to have the event hosted virtually.
Nyondo disclosed that Over 1 million people worldwide will be accomodated in an online conference through Zoom and Major 1 Connect.”
He said; “ECG Church, just like its leader Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, is a compliant organisation as it believes in respecting the rule of law and, in the 47 countries where it operates, the church has an enviable record of being law abiding.”
“The church understands that COVID-19 is a serious public health problem which calls for concerted effort between the church and State.”
Nyondo added that in restricting gatherings and closing the land borders, “the church acknowledges that the government has taken a right step in protecting Malawians, as such, all of us need to comply.”