Prophet Magaya (photo: B Kanhamora).

Prophet Magaya (photo: B Kanhamora).

PROPHETIC Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries leader Walter Magaya yesterday made a surprise visit at his perceived rival Emmanuel Makandiwa of the United Family International Church (UFIC)’s main service at the City Sports Centre in Harare, where he announced his wish for a joint church service for members of the two ministries.

Magaya, who received a standing ovation, told Makandiwa’s followers that his mission was to express his gratitude for the latter’s role in pioneering the prophetic ministry in Zimbabwe and demystifying myths that the two charismatic leaders were sworn enemies.

Both Makandiwa and Magaya have proved to be crowd pullers, with thousands of congregants attending their Sunday and midweek services.

Magaya holds his services along Simon Mazorodze Road in Waterfalls, where he has built a massive church complex.

“I have never attended any other church service in my life in the past few years, but today, I am so glad to be here. My flight was getting delayed while I was in South Africa and I was only praying that I make it before the church service was over and pleaded with the man of God to wait for me when I landed,” Magaya, who had just flown in from South Africa on his way from Nigeria, said.

“Five years back, I used to come in here and I would sit at the top back of Bay 6, and I would listen with amazement and wonder of the gift that Zimbabwe has in Prophet Makandiwa. While the nation could not accept you and fought you, you stood fast and fought the battles on our behalf. You did not leave the nation at the time you were being persecuted and ridiculed by many people, but you had the choice to simply quit and leave Zimbabwe with your gift, but that was not so.”

Makandiwa later asked his followers to pray for Magaya and his ministry, adding he was always in contact with the PHD Ministries leader.