Success in business is about research, dedication, connection and hard work, not Satanism, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has told Malawians.
South Africa-based Prophet Bushiri is the leader and founder of Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church and also a cash-rich enterprenuer.
He made the statement to tens of thousands on Saturday that jam-packed in and outside Robins Park, Blantyre where he was an invited guest speaker at a Christian Youth Business Symposium organised by Christian Youth Association of Malawi (Cyama).
Prophet Bushiri—who is also the President of Shepherd Bushiri Investments (SBI)—dispelled superstitious attitudes Malawian have on successful business people.
“The devil is there to kill, to steal and to destroy. Let us not glorify the devil. If it is true that the devil gives riches, so many people, then, could have been rich,” he said.
The Prophet, therefore, encouraged Malawians to develop a spirit of working hard to succeed in business.
Specifically targeting the youths, Prophet Bushiri challenged them to emancipate themselves from unfounded beliefs that Christians are supposed to live a poor life.
Bushiri, fondly called Major 1 or Papa revealed he is yet to read a verse in the Bible that advances that Christians are supposed to be poor.
Underlining that poverty is not holiness, the Malawian born and raised Man of God singled out Biblical figures such as Abraham, Solomon and David, among others, whom God blessed with riches.
“God wants us to work hard, exploit what we have and create a better world for everybody,” he said.
The Prophet—whose SBI has many subsidiaries in South Africa, South Sudan and Zambia, among others—showed his extensive knowledge in the country’s mining potential when he detailed different mineral deposits Malawi has and how Christian youths can invest in them and prosper.
Not only that.
The Prophet also used his extensive experience and travels across the world to link youths to different investment opportunities in different African countries.
Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana have so many mineral deposits, he said.
He added by promising that he very available to work with and support any Christian youth who has a genuine business idea.
“I don’t find it sensible for somebody to just ask for money. Money never comes easily. If somebody wants a bit of some capital, let them come up with a business proposal that makes sense. I would be willing to partner or support such a person,” he said.
Another interesting part of the day, was how the Prophet, during the plenary of his presentation, engaged the people on question and answer.
He opened the floor to anybody—both in and outside Robins Park—who had a question related to what one needs to be successful in business.
During the question time, which took 50 minutes, saw 15 people raising various questions to the Prophet in areas, such as, accessing business capital, licencing, potential investors to partner, business breakthrough and taxation, among others.
Bushiri, during the plenary, showed his mettle in calmness when he, convincingly, responded to all the questions to the amazement of everybody present.
He answered all questions with ease and respect—to the extent of inviting even some who were raising the questions for a handshake and prayer.
The Prophet, who last year distributed tonnes of maize to people whose crops were destroyed by climate change induced climate change, proved, during the Robbins Park, that he has a strong empathy for the Malawians.
The hall packed to capacity by 9am—just an hour after the official opening. This forced thousands to follow proceeding outside the hall. However, the Prophet saw it differently. As such, he could teach alternatively in ad outside the hall.
Besides Prophet Bushiri, there were also other speakers who included Leon Matanda, a lawyer; Edward Chileka, an entrepreneur and Cosmas Luwanika, an insurance expert.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :