Benny Hinn yet to get Fiji entry visa

FIJI: International Evangelist Yet To Get Visa

Fiji’s Immigration Department has yet to decide whether or not to allow Christian evangelist Benny Hinn entry into the country, Fiji Times reports.

Acting director of the department Saverio Baleikanacea confirmed that his officers were still carrying out the procedural background checks on Mr Hinn.

“His visa application is still under process and we are still awaiting the recommendations from the immigration officials,” he said.

Mr Baleikanacea said background checks were only done for special cases but not for ordinary citizens.

Mr Hinn’s credentials as an evangelist came into the spotlight after several Christian churches questioned his crusade.

Benny Hinn

Evangelist Benny Hinn is controversial for his frequently aberrant – and at times heretical – theology, his unorthodox practices, and his false claims. Nevertheless, large numbers of people who indentify themselves as Christians follow – and, often, appear to worship – this preacher.

He is scheduled to arrive in Fiji mid-January for an evangelical mission scheduled for January 20-22. His visit to Fiji is being supported by the Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase.

The trip is organised by the Assemblies of Christian Churches of Fiji, which includes the Christian Mission Fellowship, Assemblies of God and the Methodist Church of Fiji.

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Pacific Magazine, Fiji
Dec. 29, 2005

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