Zim musicians thank Pastor Chris for Covid-19 assistance

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ONE HUNDRED secular musicians based in Harare on Friday expressed their appreciation to world-reknowned pastor and
philanthropist Pastor Chris Oyakhilome while at the launch of Christ Embassy Zimbabwe’s countrywide programmeaimed at blessing local artistes who were struggling to make ends meet due to the socio-economic effects of the Covid-19-induced lockdown in the country.

The musicians drawn from various genres included popular musician-cum-actor Freddy Manjalima aka Kapfupi, Jean Masters, Diana Samkange, Romeo Gasa, Somandla Ndebele and Matthias Mhere received food hampers and Bibles at an event held at the church’s main branch in Belvedere. The Zonal Pastor of Christ Embassy Zimbabwe, Pastor Ruth Musarurwa told the gathering that this was the beginning of a nationwide programme to assist secular musicians across the country with the next event lined-up for Bulawayo.

The guest of honour at the event was National Arts Council of Zimbabwe deputy director Josiah Kusena, who was accompanied by the Association of Music Promoters in Zimbabwe (APMZ) interim chairman Partson “Chipaz” Chimbodza and music promoter Barbara Chikosi who is popular as Mama Red Rose.

Kusena revealed that he felt at home in the church as all directors at Nacz were Christians. “Thank you very much pastor for this initiative to the music sector and our artistes who are here in times of need. We as the National Arts Council we are receiving distressed calls from our arts community in need of help some are in very, very dire straits,” he added.

Among the beneficiaries who expressed their gratitude to the work done by Pastor Chris was Peter Moyo, the son of the late
sungura music legend Tongai Moyo.
“I just want to thank the man of God I did not believe it at first when I was told it was Pastor Chris who did it,” the younger
Moyo 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 come as good news to APMZ interim chairman Partson “Chipaz” Chimbodza is spearheading the
initiative to help local musicians.
Pastor Ruth Musarurwa told Zim Community News that their goal was to reach out and touch lives by ministering the gospel as
we share the love of Christ.
“Christ Embassy Zimbabwe has donated 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 to secular musicians and their band members
who are in need,” she said.
The church has raised artiste 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 her gospel music ministers, who were part of the team that was distributing food hampers to their colleagues
in the music industry, had also donated towards the noble cause.
Christ Embassy Zimbabwe has not been left out in the response to the global pandemic that has affected the livelihoods 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.

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