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Evangelist Benny Hinn, who is on a world tour spreading the Gospel, said that he hopes to preach to the Muslim world before he dies.
"Before I die, I will preach to the Muslims in the Arab world. I will preach in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Iran. I will preach in Tehran. I will do it under the umbrella of God. And see its impact. The door is being opened," Hinn proclaimed on Saturday during a service at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo in Trinidad and Tobago.
According to Guardian Media, the evangelist was joined by Woodbrook Pentecostal pastors Osbert and Angela William, and other church leaders such as Oswald James from the Full Gospel hierarchy and broadcaster Margaret Elcock.
Hinn said that he drew close to 17,000 people to the Mucurapo stadium over the weekend for a "Miracle Healing" service, where people claimed to be healed from various ailments. The preacher has been criticized for his "prosperity gospel" teaching, telling people that by donating to his ministry they will be financially rewarded by God.
Saturday's event again brought up those criticisms, when the Texas-based minister asked attendees to contribute US$100 to help cover expenses for the weekend events. Hinn apparently said that the money was "sowing a seed" for further prosperity in people's lives, and insisted that the money was not for him but for Trinidad and Tobago.
"You will produce a harvest for the rest of your life. There will be a miracle in your finances and that of your family," Hinn stated. "There is coming a transfer of wealth to the Church in Trinidad. God will take the wealth of the sinner and put it in your hands. You are the next wealthiest person. The Lord wants to bless you."