River Of Love pastor Gordon Manché has recounted the moment he “saw Jesus during an intimate moment of prayer”, a moment which not only stuck with him, but eventually served as the calling for the opening of the controversial Maltese community.
“I was living alone in America as a ballet dancer,” Manché said yesterday on TVM’s Popolin, delving into how River Of Love came to him as a “supernatural calling from God” after he started attending a Christian church.
“I will obviously speak in spiritual words,” Manché clarified before delving deeper into the recounting. “So for people who don’t have the inclination of understanding spiritual words, certain things I say will not be understood properly.”
Describing the “live meeting”, Manché did not mince his words, saying he did indeed see Jesus while praying. “I already knew I had the inclination of a calling at that point,” he explained.
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When pushed by Popolin host Quinton Scerri on the exact form he saw that day, Manché said everyone’s experience is different, but as far as he was concerned, he saw “a male form” but couldn’t really see his face because there was “a very bright ray of light” emanating from it. “If he had a beard or a moustache, I couldn’t tell, because his face was literally just one whole ray,” he said.
“God told me just a couple of simple, easy words,” Manché continued. “And he showed me a vision of masses of people that he was telling me to spread the message to. And that’s where that ministry started.”
When asked whether Jesus told him to come to Malta, Manché said he didn’t “in that particular vision”… implying he had more visions after that day.
“In fact, I was living abroad and I thought I was going to remain there for the rest of my life on this earth,” he admitted.
“But in 2004, he gave me a clear message. I already had prophetic words of starting work in Malta. I honestly didn’t want to, because I had gotten used to living abroad for 15 years, but God sent me to work in Malta, to start a mission in Malta.”
What do you make of Manché’s “vision”?