Zion Christian Church officially opens its headquarters in Zimbabwe

November 9, 2011 , published in News   by Sindiso Moyo

Bulawayo registered one of the largest Christian gatherings from the 4th to 6th of November as tens of thousands of Zion Christian Church (ZCC) members gathered to witness the official opening of the Church’s headquarters in Zimbabwe.

Bulawayo is the headquarters of the Church in Zimbabwe. The ZCC leader His Grace The Right Reverend Bishop Dr. Barnabas Edward Lekganyane officially opened the church building, which can accommodate 600 people.

It is the first and only church that has been built out of South Africa. The cost of the construction is US$250,000.

Bishop Lekganyane in his speech said Zimbabwe has been a good neighbor and that his Church understands the difficulties the country is going through. “We have heard over the years about the situation in Zimbabwe. Because we love our neighbour as we love ourselves, we are here for the people of Zimbabwe.”

Bishop Lekganyane condemned the discrimination against foreigners in South Africa. “ZCC is strongly biased in favour of all Africans. We, therefore, urge Africans not to surrender to xenophobia and prejudice against each other.”

The Bishop extended an open invitation to non-ZCC members in the country to visit The Holy City of Moria and receive the blessing of the Lord freely.

Due to the large gathering that attended the event, the church only accommodated Zionist leaders, important delegates and invited guests.

The weekend-long conference was attended by multitudes of ZCC followers from South Africa, Botswana and all-over Southern Africa. It has always been the trend in the Church: when the BBishop travels he is accompanied by a large following.

Zion Christian Church top brass band performing during the opening festivities in Bulawayo (photo. S. Moyo).

All roads leading to the City of Kings, especially the Beitbridge – Bulawayo road, were a hive of activity, as buses ferried worshippers from all over for the conference.

ZCC hired hundreds of buses to transport its followers to Zimbabwe’s second largest city for the conference.

One could not miss the presence of ZCC followers with their popular greetings Ukuthula!, which stands for Peace!.

The downtown Bulawayo and western suburb of Pumula were awash with ZCC congregants wearing their well-known uniform. The men were in khaki trousers and jackets, with black, flat-topped hats. The women wore bright blue dresses and green berets, or green skirts and bright yellow blouses, green jerseys and berets. And all wear the polished metal five-pointed star on a green background – ZCC badge.

Speaking to RelZim, people who attended the conference said that they had an experience of a lifetime, as they witnessed the official commissioning of their church structure and its dedication to God.

Khumbulani Sibanda, a congregant at the Bulawayo’s branch said that, according to him, the conference was one of the largest Christian gatherings in Zimbabwe. “We had one of the largest gatherings in Bulawayo and I can liken it to the one that we normally have at the Zion City, Moria, near Polokwane.”

Samuel Ndlovu said the conference was a blessing, as he had the opportunity to listen to the leader of the Church, who delivered a key message of peace to Zimbabwe. “I am happy about the conference and hopeful that the people of Bulawayo hindered the call of God. I had also the opportunity of a lifetime to hear a message from Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane. He is my leader. I have never been to Moria but I got the glimpse of what Moria is like here.”

The Zion Christian Church (ZCC) is one of the largest religious groupings in South Africa, with more than four million members throughout the continent and in the Middle East.

The official opening of Bulawayo branch as the headquarters in Zimbabwe comes at a time when the splinter group ZCC Mbungu opened a large church in Mbungu (Masvingo area). This conference is seen by many as a way of clarifying to the faithful who they are, as there has been confusion in the country as to which is the original ZCC.

Engenas Lekganyane founded the ZCC in 1910, reportedly, after he had a revelation from God. ZCC followers are widely respected for their non-violent behaviour.

Every year, the ZCC hires hundreds of buses (and a railway company Spoornet arranges special trains) for the vast number of pilgrims to attend the three-day ceremony at Zion City, Moria, outside of the city of Polokwane in South Africa’s northern Limpopo Province.

33 Responses to Zion Christian Church officially opens its headquarters in Zimbabwe

  1. Tshifhenya says:

    the lord is realy blessing Africa. this is the beginning of more greater things to come. (kgotso ya modimo e be le lena)
    may the lords peace be with you

  2. TSIETSI WA MOTLOKWA SPRINGS says:

    I wish all the best of his work to His Grace Right Reverant Dr B.E

  3. TSIETSI WA MOTLOKWA SPRINGS says:

    KGOTSO GA E ATE LEFASENG LA ZIMBABWE.MAY HIS MERCY BE WITH ALL ZIMBABWEAN AND THE NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES. PEACE BE UNTO YOU

  4. Sibushi says:

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE. ZCC is a church of LOVE, PEACE, RESPECT and HARMONY. That is his Honourable Bishop’s preach in every conference.

    TRULY: With the BLESSINGS OF THE ZCC IN BULAWAYO ON THE 4TH – 6TH NOVEMBER 2011, “ZIMBABWE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN”. The THEME of the day was “LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF”

  5. pontsho nyoni says:

    MAY GOD BLESS RAMARUMO MOHWDUBA MMAPHAKA MONARE FOR PRAYING FOR ZIMBABWE GE ELE DIPHETOGO RETLA DI BONA.BA BO LEKGANYANE KE MODIMO.

  6. pontsho nyoni says:

    COLOSIAN CHAPTER SAYS .ARISTACHAS MY FELLOW PRISONER GREETS YOU WITH MARK THE COUSIN OF BARNABAS ABOUT WHOM U RECEIVED INTRUCTIONS IF COMES TO U WELCOME HIM ,FOR JESUS SYD DIS ARE MY ONLY FELLOW WORKERS.

  7. Kgotso a e atle the whole of Zimbabwe.With our leader and our God of mount Zion,i realy assure everyone gore you can never go wrong fa o le mosione wa nnete.taking a recap on one of His Grace my Beloved and Holy Father,He always tells us that with our badges displayed on our heart,we are the light of the world,the ZCC Badge symbolises PEACE,HARBONY,BROTHERHOOD,SISTERHOOD,LOVE,SECURITY AND UNITY!the only fact that Mohwaduba Wa Mmaphaka ba bo Monare stepped onto the soil of Zimbabwe is just a sign of the begining of greater change onto the lives of our fellowc neighbours!!Re a go leboga Mrena Lekganyane!!o senata ka ditiro Morena wa rona!

  8. ntomfuthi says:

    Kgotso may god bless zion christian church and the Bishop Dr B.E Lekganyane.

  9. kim says:

    lekganyane where ever he goes he brings peace and people must start noticing that but ignoance is the problem

  10. freddy jecha says:

    thank you Ramarumo for putting your feet on our land may the good Lord continue to guide you till you accomplish your mision.rugare mazion

  11. mpho matsho says:

    RE LEBOGELA lEFASE LA ZIMBABWE LE BADUDI BALONA KA BOPHARA. A KE MODIMO A DIRE MEHLOLO YA GAGWE LE HUMANE KGOTSO LE PHOLO. MODIMO WA SION KE WA MEHLOLO. A GOLE SION A GOLE. AFRICA KA BOPHARA E YA E HLOKA. GOLA MOHWADUBA! MAHOGONOLO LE DIPULA TSA MEDUPI A DI NELE KA SION. KGOMO WEE!!

  12. Pebbles says:

    For the love of God, keep writnig these articles.

  13. Margaret says:

    Ramarumo ke morena tsohle tse a di diyang di a letlega mo thekgeng o tla le bontsha bophelo,kgotso e ate lefaseng khuhlong tse nne tsa lefase

  14. malema herman says:

    what zcc is doing to people its very nice i love it i am going to be a member of that church sooooooooooooon

  15. Maroba thuto says:

    I love u BE u a the man a big man I wil alws folwng u were eva u go honale kgotso modimo abe lewena lele lapa lahao ha kgotso ebe lebonhle bale de petlela lede tronko lemoso wale fatse aman

  16. Mohale Refilwe Gift says:

    God blss Africa as a whole

  17. DT says:

    Kgomo ruri ke Morena. Ga nkabo e se ka wena, re kabo re le mabitleng. Oa busa wa rena Sebata. Botshelo bo mo ZCC, kea paka.

  18. His Grace Bishop B.E.Lekganyane we’re ever u go u left Peace,
    God anoited ryt person to lid milions of ppl,munna wa mbilu ya Thembele ngoho u to vha khonani ingaho Yeso

  19. Bella says:

    The honourable,the Grace and the Right Reverent,Barnabas Ramarumo Lekganyane is truly a servant of God,the chosen mediator for the African. ZZCC ke kereke ya Modimo,Badimo le Batho! Halleluyah Sione!ke kereke ya bophelo le pholoso ethekgilweng ke Jesu Kreste!Khotso a eate!

    • MMAKWELE says:

      KGOTSONG!ZIMBABWE IS BLESSED TO BE VISITED BY DR.HIS GRACE, THE HONOURABLE BISHOP BARNABAS EDWARD LEKGANYANE.MAY THE GRACE OF THE LORD AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS HOLYSPIRIT BE WITH US. RE LEBOGA SIONE GO SA FELENG[PSLM 137]

  20. HIS GRACE DR B.E LEKGANYANE IS INDEED THE GENUINE SERVANT OF GOD!WHAT I LIKE MOSTLY ABOUT THE ZCC,IS THAT WHENEVER THE BISHOP PREACHES,HE DOESN’T BAD-MOUTH OTHER RELIGIONS LIKE MOST PASTORS.JESUS CHRIST IS LOVE!THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING WITH THE BISHOP BY WORSHIPPING GOD FROM AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE WITHOUT LOOSING TOUCH WITH YOUR AFRICAN IDENTITY!BRAVOO,ZCC!

  21. MAY LORD BLESS ZIMBABWE AND MOVE AWAY ITS PROBLEM

  22. HOW GREATFUL S IT 4 ALMIGHTY GOD TO GATHER HIS CONGREGATION FOR A SPECIAL PRAYER @ ZIMB…MAY ALMIGHTY GOD KEEP ON DOING DE GREAT WORK’GIVING BLESSINGS 2 WORLDWIDE’KGOTSO GA E YATE.

  23. D'Minkz Dee says:

    SIONE WEE, REA LEBOGA KGOMO. ZIMBABWE IS INDEED BLESSED, AFRICA DITSHEGOFATSO KE TSEO

  24. Zilimbola Mlimi says:

    Ruri Ruri kea le botsa His Grace,the Right Reverend Bishop.Dr BE Lekganyane ke Morena Wa Marena. Isaih 2:3 says :many peoples will come and say,

    “Come,let us go up to the Lord’s mountain,

    to the temple of the God of Jacob,

    so6 he can teach us his requirements,7

    and8 we can follow his standards.”9

    For Zion will be the center for moral instruction;10

    the Lord will issue edicts from Jerusalem.11

    2:4 He will judge disputes between nations;

    he will settle cases for many peoples.

    They will beat their swords into plowshares,12

    and their spears into pruning hooks.13

    Nations will not take up the sword against other nations,

    and they will no longer train for war.

  25. Zilimbola Mlimi says:

    Psalm 2:1

    2:1 Why2 do the nations rebel?3

    Why4 are the countries5 devising6 plots that will fail?7

    2:2 The kings of the earth8 form a united front;9

    the rulers collaborate10

    against the Lord and his anointed king.11

    2:3 They say,12 “Let’s tear off the shackles they’ve put on us!13

    Let’s free ourselves from14 their ropes!”

    2:4 The one enthroned15 in heaven laughs in disgust;16

    the Lord taunts17 them.

    2:5 Then he angrily speaks to them

    and terrifies them in his rage,18 saying,19

    2:6 “I myself20 have installed21 my king

    on Zion, my holy hill.”

  26. ndlovu dingaan says:

    we really appreciate the report, indeed the coming to zimbabwe of The Right Reverend Dr. BE Leghanyane is a great gift and blessing to the people of Zimbabwe and in particular people in Bulawayo, Kgomo

  27. Mercy Moomi says:

    Haah mpoo…heh mpooo… haah Mpoo… heh Mpoo…Masione re le hlogonolo ka nnete. Africa is a very blessed country to have the Right Rev Dr BE Lekganyane, He is indeed an Angel from heaven we all wish just to His Face, Kosa ere …ditshaba tsa lefase kaofela di tla tla Sione di rorise morena,Those who took a break from this church consider coming back, because the ZCC star shines all over the world and its wait for no one. A re tlogeleng menate ya lefase re mo rorise le go rapedisa mafaseng a mangwe gore a ba etele ka sebele, Let us be proud to represent this church by wearing the ZCC badge everywhere we go and allow people to distinguish between ZCC member and ordinary people, My name is Mosione and my Surname is ZCC. Wish you many more trips to other countries. Sione wee….

  28. Mercy Moomi says:

    Please read Peter 2 verse 6 and Jeremia 4 verse 13/14 for more info about this church.

  29. clara says:

    I want to say kgotso hae ate to his grace dr be lekganyane mokgetwa wa modimo

  30. clara marabane says:

    I just want to say reya o loboha kgomo ha eneede ka wena rekabe rele mabitla a kgale.wena o modimo wa mehlolo. Reya oleboha makgoka ditjhaba.zimbwabwen’s u are blessed.I pray that u come to vaal and pray for us keya locha morena lekganyane

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