Girl told to stand up as if she could not walk

Lerato Maisela’s hope that her daughter Mathapelo would be healed was dashed after visiting Pastor Chris Oyakhilome‘s healing school.

Mathapelo Maisela was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2005 and attended two weeks of healing sessions at the Christ Embassy Church. She was 10 at the time.

Her mother told Sowetan that on the day of the supposed healing at one of the church’s seminars, her daughter was well enough to stand on her own but was put in a wheelchair.

“I was new at the church and did not understand the procedure,” she said.

“The other congregants were in another room and watched us on a video link-up.

“After the pastor prayed for my daughter they asked her to stand up as if she were healed.

“The congregants shouted with joy when they saw her walking.”

Maisela said she believed people have the power to heal.

“Pastor Chris took advantage of my desperate situation,” she said. “I believe that God gives people power but if they are greedy they will be punished.”

Maisela’s daughter died shortly after her visit to the pastor.

“My daughter was an amazing child and I was willing to do anything to make sure she became better.

“I am glad that he is exposed. He should stop taking advantage of people.”

Maisela has not gone back to the church since the incident.

• Names have been changed.

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