Over 200 Shincheonji students graduate
According to a statement by the church, just under 3 000 southern African students graduated – 2 322 from South Africa, 228 from Namibia, 67 from Zimbabwe and others from Botswana, Mozambique, Lesotho, and Eswatini.
Shincheonji officials said the event marked the third occasion on which more than 100 000 students graduated from its Bible courses.
The church recorded 103 764 graduates in 2019 and 106 186 in 2022.
"The Namibian church is opening its doors to the general public for the hosting of its post-graduation exhibition happening on Saturday, 18 November.
“This remarkable graduation marks the culmination of a transformative journey, one that has witnessed the empowerment of over 100 000 individuals through the power of the revealed word and faith," the statement added.
Founded by Lee Man-hee in South Korea, Shincheonji is a new religious movement that is widely considered a "pseudo-religion" or a cult.
Shincheonji's teachings claim that Lee is a pastor promised in the New Testament, and that the Book of Revelation is written in secret metaphors only he is capable of deciphering.