Lai back after a five-month lockdown in America

The Mombasa-based preacher says he participated in the Black Lives Matter protests and learnt that what people need to cure the coronavirus is God

Televangelist Wilfred Lai of Jesus Celebration Centre (JCC) has shared his experiences when he was stranded in the United States for more than five months due to the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking during the Sunday Morning live online service at JCC Bamburi in Mombasa County on Sunday (August 9), a day after he arrived back in Kenya, Lai said in all his life, he had never been away from his family for more than two months at a time.

While he was away, his wife Rita got sick and was unable to turn her neck. But she was cured following his prayers, he said, as all other attempts to treat her ailment had failed. 

“It has not been easy,” he said. “But I spent the time praying and studying. I listened to arguments from every side – from those advocating that the world should wait for a vaccine to contain the virus and those saying people should not die even if they contract the disease.”

As the world reeled from the death of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in Minnesota on May 25, Lai was moved to join the Black Lives Matter street protests that erupted in many cities in the US and other parts of the world.

“I was very angry about the way he met his death and like every other protester, forgot about the existence of Covid-19. We went into the Minneapolis streets angry, shouting and lifting our hands as we declared that black lives matter. Saliva droplets from our mouths were all over the place; we didn’t wear face masks or observe social distancing. Who cares about social distancing when somebody has been brutally killed?” he stressed.

Lai said the protests proved to the world that the eradication of Covid-19 is not found in wearing masks, social distancing or vaccines. “The answer is with God,” he said. 

He tested negative for the coronavirus before travelling back to Kenya.

“I don’t need to be afraid of coming close to anybody now because I have no disease to transmit, save for the anointing of God. I’m anointed positively,” he declared during the service.