By Ranganai Dzotizei and Taurai Emmanuel Maforo

The African drum has survived the purge of the contemporary musical instruments owing to the growth of melodies churned out by all-male musical outfits in the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area. The musical brand has become the signature of United Methodist music in the country.

Africa College of Bishops’ Meeting, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Southern Africa 7-11 September, 2015

A Statement on the state of global UMC and our common world


From the 7-11 September, 2015, we the Bishops of the Central Conferences of Africa gatheredat the Elephant Hills Resort, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe as part of our Annual business meeting. Highlights of the meeting included worship, fellowship, and evaluation of ministries and responsibilities God has entrusted to our care as Shepherds of His flock.

Rev. Mugoti death shocker…Bishop consoles mourners

Report by Taurai Emmanuel Maforo

The death of Rev. Nyarai Mugoti (42) on 25 October 2015 was received with shock by the members of the church and all that ever came into contact with her. She was laid to rest on 28 October 2015 at the Mugoti homestead in Muramba village, 6 kilometres from the United Methodist Church Nyamuzuwe Mission.

Cabinet concludes 2015 business in high spirits


Story by Taurai Emmanuel Maforo (Macheke - Cabinet report)

The final seating of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area cabinet held at Macheke Lodges over the past weekend (9-11 October 2015) ended with the cabinet in high spirits following various presentations from boards and committees from the two conferences – ZEAC and ZWAC that exhibited positive developments and growth levels.





Grace and peace to you all. Some of our members might have read today’s Daily News (8th October 2015) in which our Resident Bishop, Bishop E.K. Nhiwatiwa is being reported to be facing expulsion due to allegations of sexual abuse.

The Office of the Bishop would like to assure all United Methodists that all is under control. Indeed the former administrative secretary in the Bishop’s Office who was fired due to a case of fraud, raised such complaint related to sexual abuse. The Bishop has since submitted his formal response to the relevant authorities within the United Methodist Church who have the mandate to deal with such cases. The bottom line is the Bishop has clearly refuted all the said allegations.


BY Ranganai Dzotizei

Saturday 12 September heralded a new era in the Harare East District as they held their annual district conference at Cranborne Circuit.

Delegates from the district’s 18 circuits converged at the sanctuary to celebrate the work done over the past years which has seen many highs and some lows.

Tested by fire…a tale of pain, miracles and hope

Story by Taurai Emmanuel Maforo

Linda Mupaya with neck-collar shiftlessly rose from her seat held on both side by Rev. Washington Jembere and Mrs. Munyaradzi Chiwara as she gained strength to speak before a 600plus strong crowd (including 150 pastors) gathered on 10 September 2015 at the Mupaya homestead in Mudzengerere Village, Mutoko for the burial service of her daughter Makanaka (6) who perished in a Mutare-Harare Road horror crash. 

Marange Volley team battles with giants

By Kudzai Chingwe (ZEAC Communicator)

Editorial insertions by Taurai Emmanuel Maforo

A 40-member Marange High School volley ball team competed with the elite at St. Georges College, Harare in the coveted Under 20 Volley Ball Festival on the 27th of June 2015. The festival showcased the top teams that excelled in the 2015 season.  

Jury passes guilty verdict on UK Superintendent trial

Story by Taurai Emmanuel Maforo Harare, Zimbabwe

The four-day trial of the Rev. Tsaurayi Kudakwashe Mapfeka reached its conclusion at Chisipiti United Methodist Church on Thursday June 25, 2015 with a guilty verdict and subsequent two and half year suspension handed down by the 13-member jury under the presiding guard of the Retired Bishop Alfred W. Gwinn of the North Carolina Conference, USA.

Electronic Hymn Book Officially Launched

Story by Kudzai Chingwe

The United Methodist Church (UMC) Shona hymn book (Ngoma) has now officially gone electronic as the church joins the fast-paced realm of technological advancement. 

Inner City Circuit, Wonderful Mercy hall was a hive of activity as members opened their digital tools to try out the first of its kind, the E-Hymn Book (Ngoma) application. The cost of the application is only $2.00

Contingent returns from Holy Land Maiden Tour

Story by Taurai Emmanuel Maforo 

A 47-member team that made it to the 10-day Zimbabwe Episcopal Area Holy Land Maiden Tour received a colourful reception on arrival at the Harare International Airport on the 2rd of June 2015. The group left Harare on May 25, 2015.

Chapanduka Missions Trip a success




Story by: Agrippa Chikomba, Abigail Mvududu & Judy Chingombe 

Greendale circuit set out on a Buhera East Chapanduka UMC mission trip on Saturday the 16th of May 2015

A total of 14 people were sent to represent Greendale Circuit. The team which visited Chapanduka Mission Centre comprised the 2 layleaders, delegate, connectional ministries chairperson, outreach coordinator, SPR, missions, church & society, statistician and Children’s ministry. 

“Maintain the stones of memorial” HED Communicators Urged

By Ti Chitsinde

Communicators from the Harare East District gathered at The United Methodist Church: Chisipiti Circuit on Sunday 17th May for a workshop organised by the District’s History Archives and Communications Committee. The purpose of the workshop was to enhance the skills base of communicators to enable them to perform better in their Circuits.  

Anti-Xenophobia Prayer Organized

By Taurai Emmanuel Maforo

This Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 10am, Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) will meet for an organised prayer meeting at the Trinity Methodist Church, Harare to add their voice against the dreadful xenophobia attacks south of the Limpopo.

Contemporary and Traditional Instruments producing Blended Worship

Story by: Eveline Chikwanah

CHITUNGWIZA, ZIMBABWE - The church echoes as singing, the sound of drums and rattles fill the air.  In accompaniment, one can hear the distinct sound of guitars, keyboard and other musical instruments whose combined rhythm has the congregation on their feet.  The people move as one body in time to the beat, their melodious voices raised in harmony with the music.

“Mhururu Pabasa” set to usher move to new head office

By Taurai Emmanuel Maforo

Ceremonial gatherings in African communities never pass without ululation (mhururu). The tongue waging continues throughout the rituals, at every stage up to the end of the ceremony. The Zimbabwe West Annual Conference (ZWAC) is gearing up for a mega celebration dubbed “Mhururu Pabasa”. The event is seen as a catalyst to the long awaited move from 163 Chinhoyi Street to No. 10 Harvey Brown, Milton Park.

Grassroots Embrace Wesleyan Stewardship

Story by Eveline Chikwanah and Taurai Emmanuel Maforo

The church sanctuary at St Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Chitungwiza was this week briefly converted into a lecture room as the Resident Bishop of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area, Eben Kanukayi Nhiwatiwa, traded his gown and stole for flipchart and pen.

No full stop to development declares Bishop




Story by Taurai Emmanuel Maforo
Hundreds of people thronged the new ZEAC (Zimbabwe East Annual Conference) head office site on 133 Hebert Chitepo Street in Mutare to witness the historic groundbreaking ceremony held on the 8th of March 2015. The three-storey structure is expected to cost an estimated US$1,5million.





Story by Lawrence Chikwanha

The leader of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area, Bishop E. K. Nhiwatiwa was in Masvingo on 5 March 2015 for the Bishop’s mobile college. The historic event was attended by both clergy and laity drawn from all the circuits that make up the Masvingo District from Chririmuhanzu down to Gaza, Chambuta. The venue of the event was St. Phillip UMC Church located in the Majange area of the Mucheke high density suburb.

St. Peters Netball team goes professional

Story by Evelyn Chikwanah

CHITUNGWIZA, ZIMBABWE - On a hot sunny Thursday afternoon, a group of women gathers on the makeshift netball field.  To the untrained eye, the faint white markings on the sandy ground may not mean much, but for the players dressed in an array of clothing, the lines define the training pitch for the St Peter’s United Methodist Church netball team.

Cranborne Young Couples’ Choir basks in limelight


While the main event centered around the welcome and renewing of vows of the new Harare East District Superintendent Reverend Joseph Bonga on February 15 at Waterfalls United Methodist Church, the event also served to attest the church’s endorsement of a new ministry which has taken the church to unprecedented levels.

Chimanimani-Chipinge DS Commissioned

By Simeon Nyemba

The beautifully built New Mutambara circuit sanctuary was the center of attraction on 22 February 2015 for the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area, as both Zimbabwe East and West District Superintendents, clergy in the district and beyond, and the laity converged to witness the commissioning of the newly appointed Cimanimani-Chipinge District Superintendent Rev. Steven Jeyacheya. Chimanimani Chipinge District is affectionately called by its members as “Chi-Chi”.

Fare Thee Well, Heroine

By Ranganai Dzotizei

Edited by: Taurai Emmanuel Maforo

The late Associate Pastor for Cranborne Circuit Reverend Winnet Chombo (nee Mateko) who on Sunday 15 February 2015 passed on after a long illness was laid to rest with honour at the Murewa Mission Cemetery on Tuesday. 

NUST ‘UMC on campus,’ Bethel UMYF reaches out to Emsizini Mission Centre


By Tapiwa Dzuda – Reporting from Emsizini

So shun the youthful passions and aim at righteousness, peace, love and faith...2 Timothy 2: 22

After breaking new grounds at EMSIZINI, in the Bulawayo East region under UMC Bethel Inner-city, our energetic and joyful students from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) whose vibrant ‘on campus’ fellowship group teamed up with The UMYF from Bethel Inner-city and Bulawayo Poly-tech for an all-day revival at the Emsizini Mission Centre to end the first month of the new year in Spiritual gear and retreat.

Rural Pastors' Transport initiative applauded

Report by: Taurai Emmanuel Maforo

Presenting inputs on the first day of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area Cabinet seating at the Macheke lodges, the Zimbabwe East Annual Conference Layleader, Mr. Simon Mafunda said, "We are happy to report that this initiative is gathering momentum as we look forward to procuring more vehicles..." He said this in reference to the Rural Pastors’ Transport Initiative.

Kensington Parsonage Dedicated

By Collen Chiwomadzi

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 saw Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa and Mai Nhiwatiwa touch down at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport aboard Air Zimbabwe Boeing 737 from Harare. The great occasion was to dedicate the Emsizini Secondary School Chaplain’s parsonage.

HED welcomes 2015 in style

By Ranganai Dzotizei 

Harare East District (HED) ushered in the year 2015 in divine style as Harare Gardens was the epicenter for the all -day revival to close out the traditional 10 days of prayer and fasting.

Zimbabwe Methodists get Federation Presidency

Story by Florence Madake, Editorial input by Taurai Emmanuel Maforo


The two Methodist units of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women claimed the two top posts of President and Vice President at the just ended Southern and Eastern Africa Area Seminar held in Cape Town, South Africa from 31 October to 2 November 2014.

Area Cabinet celebrates BEB successes

By Taurai Emmanuel MaforoThe Zimbabwe Episcopal Area Cabinet meeting at Pandhari Lodge, Harare from 17 to 19 October 2014 spent their time chiefly deliberating on major strides taken in realizing the set targets of the BEB focus for 2014. 

Africa University thrills congregants

By Francis Mupazviriwo, Harare and Wesley Kuture, Africa University, MUTARE

 The 50-member choir from Africa University managed to wow the crowd at the UMC Ebenezer convention which was held at the giant National Sports Stadium in Harare.

CM Academy enriches church

By Ranganai Dzotizei 

Harare East District held a successful Connectional Ministries Academy on January 25 at Cranborne United Methodist Church with a genuine call made for the church to harness the spirit of learning and consolidate on the quadrennial strides to make disciples.

The exercise drew representatives from the district’s circuits in committees such as evangelism, Christian education, history and communications among others.

Front Row Seat To History

By Tichaona Chitsinde

So the procession has finished, we have heard the opening prayer and the recitation of the Apostles’ Creed. Now for the business of why we are here. Looking around Bay 25, I realise that this could be the only time I sit with all these people. This is a front row seat to history...

I ask Mbuya Kondo who I know well, what all this means to her. There are no words, but the look on her face says it all. This event, bringing us together in this manner will leave a lasting impression on us all.

Ebenezer roared!!

By: Francis Mupazviriwo

More than 15,000 United Methodists, guests from the The United Methodist Church (UMC) diaspora community and others filled the huge National Sports Stadium to

Security a priority for Ebenezer

By Ranganai Dzotizei

With just weeks left before the biggest celebration thus far in the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church, the Ebenezer Convention kicks off, safety of the thousands of congregants set to throng the giant National Stadium is of paramount importance going into the majestic event

Magical moments in the stadium

By Tapiwa Padenga

In 1993 during the African cup of nation’s qualifier between Zimbabwe and Cameroon at the National Sports Stadium, our living room was filled with anxiety and excitement. My father’s house had become a stadium away from the stadium. 

The big black and white television set which was kept in

United Methodist Women responds to the Chikanga Hard of Hearing

By Theophilus Ngonidzaishe Gurupira

Who would know or have imagined seeing the hard of hearing singing songs of praise to the Lord? Yes! They did and they sang whole heartedly with great joy as smiles could be seen on their faces at the recently held Hard of Hearing two-day workshop held at Chikanga United Methodist Church, Mutare. 

The workshop was funded by the United Methodist Women

"Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."

Matthew 28:18-20