Conference Centre tomorrow at the church’s headquarters in Masvingo.
ZCC leader Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi, who confirmed the development, said the church’s US$2 million conference centre, which had been under construction for some years has finally been completed.
“We are delighted to inform members of the public that the church project has been completed and the official opening will be on Thursday, April 21. We are expecting the Head of State and Government and the Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Cde RG Mugabe to officially open the conference centre,” said Bishop Mutendi in a statement yesterday.
Bishop Mutendi also said the Easter commemorations would continue as scheduled up to Sunday April 24.
Built on 5 000 square metres, the multi-purpose conference centre can accommodate 18 000 people.
It also has catering facilities, a guesthouse, a library and communications centre.
The ZCC is one of the oldest indigenous churches in the country, having been founded in 1913.
The church believes that its foundation lies in Deuteronomy 18v18, which reads “. . . send them a prophet chosen from amongst their number, who shall speak to them in the Lord’s name.”
ZCC regards the year 1913 as the year that the Lord remembered them after its founding member Reverend Samuel Mutendi received his spiritual calling while he was serving as a police officer in Chegutu (then Hartley).
“Reverend Mutendi was a powerful preacher, who also had the rare gift of faith healing and rain-making, which made him very popular among the rural folk.
He healed people with holy water, his holy rod (Mapumhangozi), ordinary salt and coffee,” says Bishop Mutendi.
ZCC says many miracles are performed during church services and at conferences where evil spirits are exorcised and “incurable” diseases such as feats and mental illness are cured.
Any ailments diagnosed by church prophets can be cured either by using holy water, salt, coffee, tea or the church injection, the church says.
It further says, recently more than 30 women at the church’s Glen Norah post testified to having been cured of obstetric and gynaecological problems.
Most of these women, according to the church, had been struggling to conceive for a very long time and claim that they have since conceived as a result of the healing sessions.
However, Bishop Mutendi says this is not a new phenomenon saying in the 1960s, his father prayed for one Frenchwoman, Jacqueline, who was barren and she gave birth to a baby girl who she named Chipo (Gift).