Churches must remain united: First Lady

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Churches must remain united: First Lady Roman Catholic Sister Diana Kanyere preaches while First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa, Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Harare, Oliver Chidawu and other participants, listen during the Thanksgiving and Second Anniversary of the Zimbabwe Prayer Network called for by the First Lady at the Zimbabwe Republic Police Golf Club in Harare yesterday

The Herald

Tendai Rupapa Senior Reporter

CHURCHES must remain united and not allow the devil to sow seeds of division that threaten peace and development in the country, First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has said.

Speaking at a thanksgiving service and second anniversary celebrations for Prayer for Zimbabwe Network in Harare yesterday, the First Lady implored the nation to be prayerful and unlock blessings, saying God was worthy of praise since his mercies endure forever.

The celebrations, which brought together various denominations that brightened the venue with their colourful church regalia, was held under the theme, “God sustained our unity for the past two years despite our diversity; Uniting under One God, One Nation with love”.

The First Lady’s efforts to unite various churches through interdenominational church services, highlights her commitment to peace, unity and nation-building.

Chaplains from the uniformed forces, Roman Catholic nuns and pastors from different churches, were among preachers who delivered powerful sermons and messages of hope for Zimbabwe.

The National Day of Prayer spearheaded by Amai Mnangagwa, a first of its kind, was held on October 21, 2019.

Zion Christian Church members, including a boy, dance during the Thanksgiving and Second Anniversary of the Zimbabwe Prayer Network called for by First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa at the ZRP Golf Club in Harare yesterday. — Pictures: John Manzongo

Together with other worshippers, the First Lady sang songs of praise and worship, and prayed for Zimbabwe’s success and development.

In her speech, the First Lady chronicled how the Prayer for Zimbabwe Network was founded and emphasised the need for churches to sing from the same hymn sheet through unity.

“It is a great day that we are congregating once again to offer thanksgiving to the almighty for taking us thus far as we celebrate the second anniversary of Prayer for Zimbabwe Network.

“Indeed God is good and his mercy endures forever. In September 2019, I invited churches to Zimbabwe House for a meeting which then gave birth to this grouping under the banner of Prayer for Zimbabwe Network.

“This led to the first ever combined interdenominational prayer gathering at State House on 21 October 2019. Today, we are gathered once again to pray, but once again to celebrate our second anniversary. Happy second anniversary Prayer for Zimbabwe Network. Makorokoto, congratulations vasikana, vakomana vanababa nanaamai,” she said to thunderous applause.

Chaplain-generals from the Zimbabwe National Army, Zimbabwe Republic Police and Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (seated in front row) and church members from different denominations and sects listen to Amai Mnangagwa’s address during Thanksgiving and Second Anniversary of the Zimbabwe Prayer Network in Harare yesterday

The First Lady said the gathering had proven that people were leaving their differences and focusing on the bigger picture, which is Zimbabwe.

“It is my special appeal to all churches that we foster more and more unity and develop our country for where there is unity, God commands a blessing,” she said. “We find this in Psalms 133 vs1 to 3.

“Remember the church is supposed to be the strength of the nation so we must remain united. Today we are celebrating the second year of praising our lord collectively as one people worshipping one God.

“Let us not let the devil to separate us. The devil indeed knows that when there is discord in the church, peace and development will be difficult to realise. I believe that prayer can move mountains and I would like to encourage the rest of Zimbabwe to continue praying without ceasing for our beloved nation.”

The First Lady, who has several times before led prayer sessions for various causes including rains, an end to ritual killings and against Covid-19, implored the church and Zimbabweans at large to help develop one another as brothers and sisters.

“We are Zimbabweans together and we celebrate each other’s success and unity,” she said. “God bless you all as we march together under the Prayer for Zimbabwe Network.”

Delivering his sermon, Zimbabwe Republic Police Chaplain General Dr Reverend Jeremiah Doyce read from Luke 17 vs 11-19 where 10 lepers were cleansed, but only one returned and gave praise to God.

Zimbabwe National Army Chaplain-General, Colonel Ashanti Bwanali, preaches during Thanksgiving and Second Anniversary of the Zimbabwe Prayer Network called for by First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa at the ZRP Golf Club in Harare yesterday.

He then likened Zimbabwe to the leper who returned in regards to the thanksgiving service.

“Following the advent of Covid-19, the Government was led by God to make informed decisions. Churches gathered led by the First Lady and cried out to God for help. Was it not for God, where would we be today?

“In the verse we read, 10 lepers were healed but only one came back to thank Jesus. We therefore, thank God for your vision Amai of refusing to be among the nine and said my children let’s go back and thank our God who did not forsake us during difficult times.

“We were once thrust in the red Zone with regards to Covid-19 but God helped us. Were it not for Jesus, who else would have saved us? Let’s continue praying without ceasing,” he thundered.

Sister Diana Kanyere from the Roman Catholic spoke against ritual killings.

“God said go and multiply, but I was pained by ritual killings in our country with innocent children being killed,” she said.

“Children are a blessing, our joy, our future hence we have to protect and guard them jealously.

“Why are we killing children who are our future leaders? Where did this come from Zimbabwe? We want an economy without the blood of a child or exploitation of a child. A child is precious and our mother, the First Lady, is doing works countrywide to uplift children because they are the future.”

Chaplain-General Maurice Muchanyereyi from the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service (ZPCS) thanked the First Lady for bringing all churches together, saying there was power in unity.

“Without unity there is no development and development without unity is not sustainable,” he said.

“There is no separate heaven for apostolic sects or Catholics, it is one heaven. Satan is the only one who divides people. Even the President is always talking about peace and re-engagement because these are key issues.”

Reverend Christine Marangwanda from the United Methodist Church spoke on the need to promote love and peace nationally and read from Ezekiel 16 vs 6.

“Let’s pray for peace and love in our country because God personally loved us and let’s worship him faithfully,” she said. “Even if the going gets tough, let’s call out his name and we were given a God-fearing mother so let us cooperate as a family in love and harmony.”

Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Chaplain General Colonel Ashani Bwanali read from Deuteronomy 28 vs 12 which says; “The Lord will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.”

Col Bwanali thanked God for the visionary leadership with policies that allow citizens to use their hands as God blesses their works.

“Let us work for our country and be legacy builders and empower up coming generations towards prosperity,” he said.

Air Force of Zimbabwe Chaplain General, Reverend Patrick Mafaranyikwa’s sermon was guided by Nehemiah 4 vs 7-9 and John 17:21.

He underscored the need for peace, unity and love at all times, adding that Government was promoting peace and unity for the development of the nation.

“Let us have positive energy towards our nation,” he said. “We do not want sheep in wolf skins, but let’s move in one direction. Sanctions are hindering our development as a nation, but as Zimbabweans we have gifts; we are an agro-based economy and let us work hard. If it is not us to bring development in our country, then who, if not now, then when?”

Reverend Priscilla Mupangeri of Zaoga made reference to Psalms 103 vs 4 which says; “He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.”

She said God had shown his power, mercy and love with regards to Covid-19.

“Jesus is the light of the path of Zimbabwe,” she said. “God put his hand because of his love and kindness. Glory be to the living God who saved us. Let us unite and trust in the Lord.”

Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Manicaland, Nokuthula Matsikenyere, Mashonaland East Aplonia Munzverengwi and Matabeleland South Abednico Ncube, were among the worshippers.

Covid-19 prevention measures were observed during the celebrations.

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