By ALBERT MASAKA
ZIMBABWE needs a God-fearing leadership and a non-compromising Body of Christ to bring a lasting solution to its challenges said New Zealand-based pastor Reverand Willard Katumbu.
The Christ For Salvation Ministries International pastor said that he was praying daily for the church in his home country to come together in unity, pray together and stand for each other regardless of race or denomination as it seeks to build the nation.
Hailing from humble beginnings in the high density suburb of Glen Norah in Harare to leading an international church in New Zealand is a remarkable journey of faith by pastor Katumbu.
“I am the senior pastor and overseer in New Zealand. Our focus as a ministry is to preach the message of Jesus Christ in order to win the lost and to build the faith and character of the Saints.
“We are multi-cultural and multi-national church with congregates from Zimbabwe, Sudan, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Poland and native New Zealanders.
“We have a strong emphasis on unity and being a house of all nations. We are getting along very well even though we come from different nations.
The pastor who got born again in 1990 in Zimbabwe became a pastor at the Glen Norah assembly five years later.
“I felt the call of God so early in my life and in 1995 became a pastor of our Glen Norah Assembly.
Two years after being a pastor he got married to his wife Peace in 1997 and God blessed the couple with two children Darrel and Claire.
In 2003, the couple relocated to New Zealand were he pioneered the extension of the ministry in New Zealand beginning February 2004.
In 2005, God placed in Pastor Katumbu’s heart to the vision of looking after the less privileged in Zimbabwe.
“In 2006 we started taking care of 28 school children in Bindura, Glen Norah and Dzivaresekwa. We planning to do more as the lord provides,” he said.
“As a pastors, we have been privileged to experience God at work in many ways … raising the dead, giving children to the barren, healing the sick, delivering the bound and changing lives.”