Pastor James Ng’ang’a of the Neno Evangelism Centre rarely if ever features on the news for positive attributes about him. The man who revealed that he would be building a Sh. 2.5 billion church disclosed the struggles he had had before his money and fame this past weekend.

The man spoke on his Sasa TV about the hardships and trials that he underwent before he became a household name. The man said the struggles he had after his first wife died, ‘Since my wife died I went through a trying season,” he began.

Pastor James Ng'ang'a
Pastor James Ng’ang’a with his current wife

He narrated how a crusade he held on June 13, 2010, at Uhuru Park went south after the congregation suffered a grenade attack, which resulted in 6 deaths and 104 injuries. ‘During the same period, we held a Crusade in Uhuru Park and were bombed there, no one has ever gone back. We all went silent,’ Ng’ang’a recalled.

What happened afterwards would leave the pastor torn as his church was demolished and his spouse would later lose her life. He said, ‘The municipal tractor came and demolished my church, my wife passed on, we had one court case after another.’

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The cause of his wife’s death, however, still remains unknown. Ng’ang’a’s Neno Evangelism Centre along Haile Selassie Avenue in Nairobi was demolished in June 2011 exactly one year after the Uhuru park incident. It was later rebuilt on Pumwani Road in Nairobi and has since given rise to several branches in the country.

Pastor Ng'ang'a
Pastor Ng’ang’a at his church with his wife

Ng’ang’a has now moved on to a much younger lady he married in 2012. Speaking to Massawe on Radio Jambo yesterday, he said, ‘When my first wife died, I was forced to make a very critical decision of getting married again. I married young Mercy, who is a daughter to one of my church members.’

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Ng’ang’a describes his wife as young, beautiful and smart. ‘By the time I knew her, she was in university, and that is one thing that attracted me to her as I did not go to school myself,’ he said.

Pastor Ng'ang'a and his wife
Pastor Ng’ang’a and his wife

He also considered someone who he will enjoy life with at his old age. ‘I wouldn’t have looked for an old person whose ‘mileage’ would not last long,’ he said.

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