Lightning razes down church

Paul Pindani in CHINHOYI

The Awake Grace Ministries Church was completely destroyed by fire after being struck by lightning on Saturday night. 

Some of the equipment, such as chairs and a PA system were saved.

Church leader, Pastor Nicholas Mavhondo, told H-Metro that he heard about the lightning strike from northern Zambia where he is currently conducting crusades.

“Unfortunately the fire brigade came but they had no water.

“It’s sad that our fire brigade inogara isina mvura. Last year we called them to Niasha and they had no water again.

“We officially opened and dedicated it on the 30th of July and today the 30th of September its gutted by fire caused by lightening.

“It’s really a setback. It’s not human error, but a natural disaster,” said Ps Mavhondo.

Pastor Tafadzwa Mafukidze, chairperson of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe in Mashonaland West, called on the community to help in restoring the lost landmark and to provide comfort to the Awake Grace Ministries family. 

“This was quite unfortunate as we lost a great investment to the fire. We are grateful to people who fought and managed to save the chairs, PA System and some other equipment from the fire,” said Ps Mafukidze.

“We stand today with our fellow Servant of God and the entire Awake Grace Ministries family during this time of loss. We are not ignorant of the devices and schemes used by the enemy as he pounces on us trying to steal, kill and destroy. We believe that God will restore all that was lost.”

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