Bringing the gospel from Soweto to Zim

Pastor Mpfariseni Mukhuba is bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to Zimbabwe from Soweto, South Africa. She is the leader

of Unity Fellowship Church.
She has dubbed her three day mission at the City Sports Centre in Harare (November 17 – 19), the “Zimbabwe Crusade”.
In an interview with this writer, Pastor Mukhuba said Zimbabwe Crusade’s mission is “to win souls for Jesus Christ and to bring healing and deliverance to the people of God in Zimbabwe and this is going to happen only because it is God’s will.

“I come only in the service of God to bring salvation, healing and deliverance. Africa, like the rest of the world, needs our Lord Jesus Christ.”
She added: “Most people today are suffering because of not having God in their lives . . . The Lord’s commission in Matthew 28:19, says that we should go to all nations and make them disciples, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

But who is the woman behind such a daring national mission – the Zimbabwe Crusade?
Pastor Mukhuba was born and raised in Venda Province, South Africa.
She attended school in Venda and went to the Universities of Venda and Witwatersrand where she obtained an honours degree in Applied Psychology and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology.

“I was born in a Christian family and I received the Lord as my saviour in 1982 while I was still in high school”, said Pastor Mukhuba.”
Turning to her ministry, Pastor Mukhuba said, “I was ordained a pastor in 2003. I started Unity Fellowship in January 2004. The church started in a classroom (in Soweto) and, before the end of 2004, the classroom was too small. People would sit outside…”

On out-reach programmes, Pastor Mukhuba said, “We started holding crusades and night prayers in stadiums and open fields all over South Africa because the number of people who come to these services cannot be contained in buildings.”
Pastor Mukhuba’s ministry has also been broadcasting from 2006 to 2010 in different open air TV channels.

She remarked, “Through the enablement of the Lord, in February 2011, I established my own TV channel, Unity Broadcasting Network (UBN).”
The issue of women serving in the church is controversial. What is her reaction? “It is a challenge when people undermine you because you are a woman and wanting to take advantage of that.
“God is pouring out His Spirit on His manservants and maidservants. Focusing on the One who calls you helps a lot.

“We are not called to focus on critics but we are called to serve our Master, the Lord our Saviour.
“Human beings should also desist from trying to prescribe to the Almighty God who He should or should not anoint.”
Pastor Mukhuba is married to Dr Mukhuba, an academic. Her husband is not in the ministry but she said that “he is very supportive of the work I do for the Lord. He runs around making sure that all runs well in the ministry.”

The couple has three children. She is qualified clinical psychologist but said, “I devote most of my time in the service of the Lord whilst the private practice is run by employees.
“I have, thankfully, a very supportive family. As servants of the Most High God, we, as His servants, are enabled by Him,” she added.
They have also made it clear on their website that Unity Fellowship Church is a church that believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Forthcoming events
Event: Conference – Hatfield Worship Centre
Date: November 19
Time: 1:30 – 5pm
Venue: Hatfield Worship Centre; Cnr Elgin and Kilwinning Road, Hatfield.
Theme: Raising Winning Children
Host: Rev C Chidimuro
Contact: 0773 296 818/0772 674 850
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Event: Zimbabwe Crusade – Unity Fellowship Church
Dates: November 17` – 19
Venue: City Sports Centre
Guest speaker: Pastor Mpfariseni Mukhuba (RSA)
Contact: 263772330935/
263773194490
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Event: Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex Crusade – Salvation, Healing and Deliverance
Date: November 19
Venues: Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex
Time: 11am till late
Theme: Matthew 4:23
Speaker: Pastor Anselm Mvenge – Christ Healing Ministry for All Nations
Contact: 0772238074/
0776090343
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“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations”. (Jeremiah 1:5, NIV)

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