The Herald (Harare)

15 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Sophia Women Thanksgiving Conference

WISDOM is their mantle, and they pride themselves as being radical for Jesus. These are the Jesus Power Christian Ministries (JPCM) Sophia Women who held their annual thanksgiving conference in November.

Although Sophia is not a biblical name, it is however, an important biblical principle derived from Greek and means wisdom. The book of Proverbs, which could have been called "Sophia" lays the foundation and benefits of wisdom.

Reverend Daniel U. Madusolumuo (Madu in short) and his wife Pastor Nneka Madu minister JPCM.

Last month was my second invitation to the Sophia Women's thanksgiving conference. Apart from the powerful word on positive and negative spiritual attributes from Eve and Sarah by Pastor Nneka based on 1 Peter 3:1-7, it was a day of fun, praise, worshipping the Lord.

The news bulletin, which was a refreshing way of presenting biblical issues, gave a summary of the church's events in 2012. I present excerpts of the bulletin so that other churches can learn how to present the word of God in an interesting way, without necessarily demeaning it:

And now for the news in detail: Today the 18th of November 2012 is the Sophia Women International Annual Conference, running under the theme "The Perfect Woman", according to the word of God in Matthew 5:48. The women are delighted for being alive and hosting this conference.

A month ago (October), the women saluted their major general, the Almighty, excellent God at the dedication of the first set of twins in JPCM. Our city centre correspondent who was present at the dedication said it was indeed a worthy cause for women to ululate and celebrate being mothers.

Sophia Women go industrial

If you educate a woman you are educating the whole community. This year, the Sophia Women went industrial. To date, a considerable number of them can manufacture dish washing liquid, toilet detergents, hair food and shampoos. The women's leader, Deaconess Achusim taught the ladies on being virtuous, being vital, innovative and resourceful in their day to day lives.

New branches for JPCM

In previous years, mentioning JPCM only meant one branch: No. 21 Chinhoyi Street. But that has since changed as we are talking of three more branches and we are still counting.

This year saw the birthing of three new branches that is JPCM Epworth, JPCM Wedza and JPCM Cool Air, Dalton South Africa. This is the hand of Jehovah opening doors for JPCM and when it is God who has opened no man can close it.

Do you know the Bible?

One Reverend Isaiah Lewis told his congregation, "Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you all understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark chapter 17."

"The following Sunday, as Rev. Isaiah prepared to deliver his sermon; he asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many people had read Mark 17. Almost every hand went up. The Reverend smiled and said, 'Mark only has 16 chapters! I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying. Brethren know your Bible, study it and you will surely prosper in all your ways.

This and that feature

These days, many Christians have become nomadic, moving, from one church to another looking for miracles, healing, prosperity and so forth. One is left to wonder whether we still have the Meshacks, Shadrecks and Abedinigos of the old who walked in fiery furnaces. Are we still praying, fasting and interceding like the Annas of the old? Food for thought!

Funny how things look different sometimes!

"Isn't it funny how a US$1 note looks so big when you take it to church and so small when you take it to the supermarket?

Funny how difficult it is to read one chapter of the Bible, and how easy it is to read two or three hundred pages of a novel.

Funny, how long an hour serving God and his church appears, and how short 60 minutes are when that time is spent glued on TV watching soccer or super story.

"Funny isn't it? No, it's not! It just goes to show how mixed up our priorities have become. God only receives a little nod from a distance, as we go on with our lives living in the blessings forgetting the bleeder.

Events Calendar

Event: Royal for a Reason Ladies' Conference

Dates: January 19, 2013

Venue: Zimbabwe College of Music

Time: 9:00am to 5pm

Theme: The Deborah Anointing (Judges 4:4,5)

Speakers: Prophetess Priscilla Wazara; Apostle Tsitsi Mufambi; Prophet Mugove Chiviya

Contact: 0772266822; 0772101813

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Event: Thanksgiving dinner -- "Prosperity in austerity" -- Revival International Ministries

Date: December 14

Venue: HICC (La Chandelle)

Theme: "...the man waxed great and went forward..."

Time: 6:30pm

Host: Apostle Raymond Mujeyi, Revival International Ministries

Contact: +263-4-2918432; 0772853584; 0733835778

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Event: Development, Investment and Empowerment Conference - Kingdom International Ministries

Dates: December 13 to 16

Venue: Chisangano area (between Maware ad Shumba townships, Chief Neshangwe, Chikomba District

Theme: Nyasha kuAfrika! Umusa kuwe Afrika! Grace to Africa! (Zechariah 8:20-23; Isaiah 61:4; Micah 4:1-4

Hosts: Apostle Alexander and Pastor Analyn Chisango

Contact: 0772434104

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Event: Carols night -- Heartfelt International Ministries

Date: December 15

Featuring: Heartfelt Worship Team

Venue: Gym Hall, Belvedere Teachers College

Hosts: Apostle Tavonga and Pastor T. Vutabwashe

Contact: 04-785906-8

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Event: Prayer and prophetic service

Dates: December 17 to 19

Venue: Dutch Reformed Hall; 35 S. Machel Avenue; (opposite Livingstone House)

Time: 5pm to 8pm

Speaker: Apostle Nathaniel Opare-Yeboah (Ghana)

Contact: 0772125188; 0772213434; 077345231

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Event: Women of Influence 2012 Conference (Raising women of influence in the nation)

Dates: December 14 to 16

Venue: Roosevelt Girls High School, Eastlea

Theme: Positioning women to be supernaturally in command of the affairs of life

Guest speaker: Apostle Juliana Magaiza

Contact: 0772388900; 0777139421

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Event: Carols night -- Heartfelt International Ministries

Date: December 15

Venue: Gym Hall, Belvedere Teachers College

Hosts: Apostle Tavonga and Pastor T. Vutabwashe

Contact: 04-785906-8

Event: March-over Night (Thanksgiving testimonies; 2013 theme launch)

Date: December 31

Time: 6pm till dawn

Venue: Gym Hall, Belvedere Teachers College

Hosts: Apostle Tavonga and Pastor T. Vutabwashe

Contact: 04-785906-8

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Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. (Psalm 32:1-2, NIV)

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