Seventh Day Adventist church world leader, Ted Wilson says Zimbabwe could rise again and become a strong economy if its people and leaders return to “God’s way and stick to his plan”.

Wilson, who is in the country for a three-week evangelical crusade in Chitungwiza told The Standard that “God has a better plan for Zimbabwe and restoration is insight as long as people return to his plan of salvation and hope only in him”.

“If people were to return to God’s plan, the Lord we serve has a better future for individuals, the community and the nation at large. My message to the people here is that let us stick to his promise, his grace is sufficient for our needs and we shall progress as a country and a people,” he said.

The United States based Adventist church leader said he would be dedicating his three-week stay in Zimbabwe to praying for the country’s leadership who have afforded its citizen the freedom of worship.

“It is critical that people appreciate what this government has done for them. Had it not been for the freedom of worship that this government affords its people, we would not be here. I will be praying for the leadership of this country and its people for God’s grace and never failing love,” he said.

“It’s amazing what we are seeing here. God is doing wonders, as we minister to thousands of Chitungwiza residents people are receiving God as their personal saviour and we are also delighted that we are giving free health to the community, something we hope as a church make a complete person.”

The Seventh Day is one of the world’s largest denominations with membership estimated at 20 million worldwide.

According to figures from the local church leadership, the evening crusades are drawing thousands of people with at least 18 000 people attending every evening service to listen to the word of God.

Besides the main crusade in Chitungwiza, Wilson is travelling with 87 other preachers who are ministering in various centres in cities and towns countrywide.

The church is targeting 30 000 people to be baptised on the closing day on Saturday May 30.

The crusade runs under the theme Revelation of Hope.

Besides the preaching aspect, the church is offering free medical assistance to many thousands of people in need of assistance. Over 13 000 people had been attended to by doctors and over 600 medical professionals as at Thursday. One of the church’s humanitarian wing, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency Adra-Zimbabwe drilled 12 boreholes in Chitungwiza to help alleviate water challenges.

Adra-Zimbabwe director, Judith Musvosvi handed over the boreholes to Wilson who gave them to government and the local authority. National Adventist health ministry’s director, Pastor Innocent Gwizo said they were targeting 17 000 people to be helped by the free health expo.

“God sent us to preach and heal the soul physically, spiritually and socially and that is what we are doing,” he said.