EVERY YEAR the congregation collect to let their pastor know how much they love him. 
So they collected enough money to buy him the car of his dreams . . . 
The Mercedes Maybach S600 was delivered to Harvest Time Church, in Section E, Giyani, Limpopo. 
It is an appreciation from his loving congregation to their pastor, Apostle Vorster V.V Hlongwana.
The congregation of Apostle V.V, as he is affectionately known, expressed their gratitude when he turned 50 in August. The church celebrated by combining his birthday with their annual pastor’s appreciation. 
The manufacturer didn’t deliver the car on time, but it was worth the wait.
Akani Mabunda (28) has been a member of the church for two years. 
He told Daily Sun the church secretly collected individual donations or pledges without their pastor knowing about it. They only realised later that they had collected enough to get him the car as well as a gift of R3 million. 
“It was our way of saying thank you to our loving pastor for his dedication to serving the church and the community,” said Mabunda. 
“Apostle V.V announced in December that 2016 would be his year, and indeed it is.” 
The list of features of the Mercedes Benz Maybach AMG V12 Biturbo 6L car is endless. 
It has a full driver assistance package, magic body control, 7G-Tronic transmission with shift paddles and many other technical miracles.
The minister was very happy with the surprise his church gave him. 
“God does great things for people who humbly serve him,” said Hlongwana. 
“It’s not all our rewards that we’ll get here on Earth. Some of them we’ll receive in Heaven.” 
Hlongwana joked with the church members. He said they must not come to him for loans because he is not a financial service provider. 
Hlongwana thanked his wife, Pastor Esther Hlongwana for believing in him and supporting his calling when they had nothing. 
When the church began in 1999, Pastor Esther was not working and they already had two children.
“By God’s grace our children are now four,” said Apostle V.V 
“We also have an additional bonus of our son-in-law, Silas Mabunda, who is married to Rhandzu,” said Hlongwana. 
According to church elder Tsakani Masebenza, this is not the first gift the church has offered the apostle but each year they raise the standard.
Masebenza felt the gifts were nothing compared to the impact the apostle had made in their lives and families. 
Not everyone is happy though, Khanyisa Mhinga (28) whose mother attends the church, feels hurt that her mother’s pastor is turning the calling he had into a profit.