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Methodist Church in Zimbabwe to build university

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The Methodist Church in Zimbabwe has embarked an ambitious US$100 million project to build a university in Marondera.

Following the ground breaking ceremony which was held last month, the Southern Africa Methodist University project is expected to now take shape.

Methodist Church in Zimbabwe Education Secretary, Reverend Mafala Masuku said they will soon be engaging the Marondera Rural District Council once plans for the university have been produced.

“We have corporate companies which are coming and offering to use the Build, Operate and Transfer scheme whereby they build and when students have enrolled, they will pay a certain percentage of money over years.

“The university is targeting 15 faculties and these will include Agriculture, Rural and Urban Development, Arts, History and Cultural Heritage, Business Administration and Management and Earths, Environment and Agriculture. “We will also have the faculties of Health Sciences, Theology and Development Education, Sports, Science and Physical Education, Computer Technology, Information and Information Systems as well as International Law, Diplomacy and Peace,” Reverend Masuku said.

The corporates will use the Build, Operate and Transfer scheme to build hostels for the students while the church will ensure the establishment of the faculties.

TB Joshua SCOAN still a safe place

Regular visitors to TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) continue to have faith in the organisation despite recent criticisms.

Since the tragic collapse of a SCOAN guest house in Lagos, Nigeria over two months ago, the church has faced a great deal of criticism regarding their standards of safety.

The collapse resulted in the death of 85 South African citizens.

South Africans’ Advocate Johnny Klopper and his wife Dorothy Klopper have visited SCOAN collectively for more than 25 times in the past, and maintain that the church should not carry all the blame for the incident.

Having travelled around the world with religious leader TB Joshua, Advocate Klopper describes TB Joshua as a humble man who has taught him a lot.

Dorothy Klopper also maintains that a third party may have been involved in the collapse of the building. She says TB Joshua loves all the guests visiting the synagogue, and says “he would never in any way take shortcuts concerning their well-being”.

Meanwhile, the aircraft carrying the remains of 74 of the 85 South African-based victims landed at Pretoria’s Waterkloof last week.

After an official ceremony at the air force base, the remains were transported to Forensic Pathology Services mortuaries in different provinces before going to government mortuaries closest to the homes of victims, where families will bury their loved ones. — SABC.

 

Thousands mourn Myles Munroe

Although prominent evangelical pastor Myles Munroe told the world that he had prepared his children to live without him should he die, his daughter, Charissa, and son, Myles Munroe Jr., couldn’t hold back their tears as they faced his former congregation for the first time since his death.

Kevin Harris, spokesperson for the Bahamas Faith Ministries, which the renowned evangelical pastor and motivational speaker led before his death, told The Christian Post in an interview that attendance at the church was high as supporters, who had been rocked by the tragedy, came in their numbers.

“We had an overflow. We had to bring in a tremendous amount of seating. Thousands of people turned up,” said Harris.

One 20-year member of Munroe’s church, who asked not to be identified, told CP that the mood inside the church Sunday was “somber.”

“It was a sad mood,” explained the member. “Everybody was saddened by what happened. There were tears and everything.” “I was gonna prepare a speech, but as I was getting ready this morning I just knew that I was coming to talk to family,” Myles Jnr said, struggling with tears.

“I figured I would just speak to family. It’s been the hardest week for my sister and I and everyone else that has been affected; and it’s because of family why we are able to stand here today,” he continued.

“My dad always spoke about his belief in people, nothing else mattered but the people, regardless of how long he spoke or he travelled, he always made time for people. That’s just the kind of person he was.

“And we sometimes take that for granted just because people are here every day and you just don’t think certain people won’t be here tomorrow,” he added, while urging the congregants not to take each other for granted.

In recalling Munroe’s last message to his congregation on the day he died, Harris explained that he returned to his lifelong mantra of purpose and potential.

Harris also confirmed that the 15,000-seat Thomas Robinson Stadium will be the venue for a national memorial planned for the beloved preacher and his wife on December. 3.

The church further noted in a press release that the national memorial will be followed by the official funeral service for Munroe and his wife the following day at the Bahamas Faith Ministries International Diplomat Center on Carmichael Road in Nassau, Bahamas. — Christian Post

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