UNIVERSAL Church of God has distanced itself from the death of a congregant who died a week after giving testimony in church.
Having earlier failed to respond to questions from a B-Metro reporter before going to press, the church has since issued a statement three weeks later.
In the published story, Grace Mpofu died a week later following her failure to recover from partial paralysis.
In a written response the church narrated how events unravelled.
a�?The regional Bishop confirmed that Grace Mpofu arrived at the church around 9.30am to attend the 10am service on Sunday, 4 February 2018. She gave her testimony and was prayed for. Following her collapse, assistants took her outside to rest. After the service, three assistants took her home. Although she was not well, she was coherent and responsive when she was given into the care of her husband at her home,a�? reads the statement.
Mpofua��s husband refused to have anything to do with the church after his wifea��s death but the church feels linking her death and the church is damaging.
a�?The Board of the Universal Church understands that her husband is grieving and has chosen not to have anything to do with pastors or members of the church, but for the journalist to suggest that her hospitalisation and death were in any way connected to herA� having attended church and given her testimony, cannot be condoned. This incorrect association has damaged the reputation of the Universal Church and its members and needs to be corrected as a priority,a�? reads the statement.