Victoria Ruzvidzo and Catherine Biswick
UNITED Family International Church’s Prophetess Ruth Makandiwa yesterday celebrated her birthday by throwing a party and donating clothes, stationery and goodies to at least 300 children from four orphanages. She is wife to UFIC founder and leader Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa. The celebrations, held at Harare Children’s Home, also saw children from Tanyaradzwa Children’s Home in Murehwa, Kutenda Orphanage from Bindura and Redemption Care Centre from Mufakose also enjoying the pomp and fanfare.
The party was a culmination of a day of charity that saw the prophetess earlier in the day giving financial assistance to widows and streetchildren.
Ordinarily, people celebrating their birthdays are showered with gifts by family and friends, but in this instance Prophetess Makandiwa saw it better to share with the less-privileged members of society.
“This is really my desire. I derive great joy from spending such a special day with you my friends (orphans and widows). Chishuwo changu ndechekuti tingovaka hedu imba yedu imwechete ine marooms akawanda anokwana munhu wese aripano tigogara pamwechete sefamily imwechete. Izvozvi dai zvaigoneka ndinozvishuwira asi ndinoziva Mwari vanozvizadzisa,” she said.
Prophetess Beverly Angel from Spirit Embassy graced the occasion which was also attended by Prophetess Makandiwa’s mother Elizabeth Makawa and mother-in law Gogo Makandiwa.
Prophetess Makandiwa challenged the children to continue working hard and to behave well in their respective institutions and communities stressing that in them were tomorrow’s leaders.
The fear of God, she stressed, would see the children go far in their lives and impact the world positively. Prophetess Makandiwa then handed T-shirts, stationery and other goodies to the children who were then treated to a meal they could previously only dream of. Each bag of goodies included a personal letter from her.
The children were also entertained by Isifikile Boys, gospel diva Joyce Simeti, Pastor Hubert Chigumira and Gospel Power.