Desire Ncube and Linda Mzapi
LEADER of Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Forward in Faith, Archbishop Ezekiel Guti, has described the recently deceased Prophetess Clara Apphia Manjoro as a “giant” who “fought the good fight”.
Prophetess Manjoro, who founded Faith World Ministries and the Bible College with her husband Dr Bartholomew in 1993, died last week at the age of 68 after a short illness.
After coming through Archbishop Guti and Zaoga, Prophetess Manjoro founded the Virtuous Women Community.
Archbishop Guti said though it is painful to separate in the flesh, Christians ought to celebrate a heroine of faith in Prophetess Manjoro, and find comfort in her good works.
“And while we join you in mourning the loss of this great heroine of faith, we also celebrate her well-lived life. My daughter served Christ so faithfully during her memorable lifetime she endured in this painful yet rewarding road of faith,” Archbishop Guti said.
“Certainly this is true for Prophetess Manjoro, a giant of the faith, who showcased the true qualities of a true prophetess, evangelist, wife and mother. Even as we grieve her passing from this earth, we rejoice that she fought a good fight.
“What an amazing life! She was a giant in so many ways, and I was privileged to have her as my dear daughter, for years. Through the years I have often thought of the standard she has set for so many ministers and believers to follow, and on this day of her departure from earth, it is once again a time for all of us to reflect even more upon her tremendous impact in the Christian world,” said Archbishop Guti.
Family spokesperson, Pastor Bartholomew Manjoro Junior added: “Without her influence, the church would not be what it is today. So many areas bear her fingerprints. The prophetess was a mother figure for the whole congregation and she has left a void which will be hard to fill.”
Miracle Workers International Ministries leader, Apostle Tawanda Muchena, said the greatest tragedy was not death but a life without a purpose.
“In as much as I knew mum, she was God-fearing and with that we should take this chance to thank God for the time He awarded us with this great woman. Yes it’s painful but we ought to celebrate her well lived life,” said Apostle Muchena.
“She served Faith World Ministries well for years and she has left an indelible mark upon the religious and societal landscapes.
The way she wanted to be remembered is as a caring mother, and a woman who was full of the Holy Spirit, who many people came to Christ through,” said Ms Margret Mabhena, a member of the church.
Another congregant, Mrs Hilder Kasveto said Prophetess Manjoro’s weighed in: “I feel extremely fortunate to have known her, and I know that her legacy will stay forever. She built the church into a haven where you got the Gospel and also physical needs.
She made sure that people have what they need in order to survive.”
Prophetess Manjoro was buried in Nyabira yesterday.
She is survived by her husband, three children and four grandchildren.
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