BY STAFF WRITER
WORLD-RENOWNED pastor and philanthropist Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Christ Embassy Zimbabwe church will today come to the aid of local secular musicians, who are struggling to make ends meet due to the effects of the Covid-19-induced lockdown in the country.
Prominent sungura musician Romeo Gasa welcomed the gesture by the global church to assist them at an event to be held at Christ Embassy’s main branch in Belvedere in Harare at 10 am.
“We are overwhelmed with joy that the church has decided to help us, many of us don’t sing gospel, this is real love from them,” he said.
Recently, the Association of Music Promoters in Zimbabwe (APMZ) launched a fundraising initiative to support struggling artistes whose streams of income have been interrupted by the lockdown imposed on the country to stem the spread of coronavirus.
The Christ Embassy donations should come as good news to APMZ interim chairman Partson “Chipaz” Chimbodza is spearheading the initiative to help local musicians.
The Zonal Pastor of Christ Embassy Zimbabwe, Pastor Ruth Musarurwa told Zim Community News that the church was also running other programmes aimed at helping as many people as possible during this time.
“Christ Embassy Zimbabwe will be reaching out to secular musicians and their band members who are in need.
“They will receive food hampers and ministry materials in the form of books by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome who is the President and Founder of LoveWorld Incorporated aka Christ Embassy,” she said.
Christ Embassy Zimbabwe has raised artistes who have made a tremendous impact in the local gospel industry and beyond, who include multiple-award winning Blessing ‘Flame B’ Manyangadze, Best Masinire and wife Whitney “Songbird”, J Soldier and Calna, among others.
Pastor Ruth said gospel music ministers from her church have also donated towards this cause and were part of the team that will distribute the food hampers to selected musicians and their band members.
“The goal is to reach out and touch lives by ministering the gospel as we share the love of Christ.
“In the coming weeks we continue with our community food relief programmes in both urban and rural areas.”
Christ Embassy Zimbabwe has not been left out in the response to the global pandemic that has affected the livehoods of millions of people in the country since the lockdown begun mid-March.
Faced with a high unemployment rate and escalating poverty, hunger is stalking many families, while gender-based violence and displacement have been on the rise.
The Inner City Missions of Christ Embassy and the local church’s pastors and members led by Pastor Ruth have responded to the call and were giving food hampers to the needy among them the elderly, child-headed families, orphanages and special care centres.