Methodist Church in Zimbabwe – Melbourne Fellowship
Ishe is a member of the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe – Melbourne Fellowship. We are so fortunate to have had ZMF use our church as their home for the last 2 years. In doing so we have been able to gather together as a joint congregation, especially for shared communion once a month.
Christianity is the largest religion practised in Zimbabwe, accounting for more than 80% of the population. The Methodist Church in Zimbabwe opened the doors of the first built church in 1893 in Bulawayo. It took many decades to be released from its colonialist origins. A Zimbabwean leader Rev Andrew Ndhlela was appointed to lead the Home District.
Rev Ndhlela ushered in a new era right up to 1977 when on the 18th of October of this same year, he became the first black President of The Methodist Church in Zimbabwe after having been accorded autonomy from the mother church in Britain. Today there are over 250 full-time ministers and a Methodist community of close to 200 000 members. The church has excelled in the matters of education with 12 high schools and two boarding schools.
The Australian Zimbabwean Fellowship conference
The Australian Zimbabwean Fellowship recently had its national conference from 30/09/21 to 3/10/21. The National Chairperson is Tapiwa Gochayi with Chaplain Rev, A Muzondiwa.
The AGM was held last Sunday 10th October with a new Leadership Team being elected:
Steward: Mrs. E. Mungombe
Vice Steward: Mr. I. Mpakame
Secretary: Mr. K. A. Ruswa
Vice Secretary: Mrs. T. M. Mazuzho
Treasurer: Mr. A. Gono
Committee members: Mrs. C. Sikupa & Mrs. C. Garandi
This Sunday Ishe will share his thoughts on the Gospel and its relevance to the history of Zimbabwe as it dealt with Western colonialism, then with the regime of President Robert Mugabe who was president for 38 years.
Since then Zimbabwe has experienced hyperinflation, the ravage of the Covid-19 virus accentuating poverty and acute disruption to life.