Donating goods and food at Midlands Children’s Home recently, Zimbabwe’s First Lady Mrs Grace Mugabe has challenged Christians to translate their words into action. 

Some time before, Grace Mugabe broke down into tears after Pastor David Mabvuramiti dedicated a song to her at the ZAOGA-organized women’s conference at Glamis Arena Stadium in Harare. 

The choir sang, “Amai vedu mauya, zvamunoita kuDanhiko nekuMazowe tinozviona” — translated as– “We thank you for coming and for the great things you do for Danhiko project and your children’s home in Mazowe.”

After her tears dried up, it was the First Lady’s turn to return the favour. She lashed out at Zimbabweans who shunned local churches to fly outside the country in search of divine help.

“Grace might have felt it necessary to compliment the local church women after they sang in her honour,” suggests Nehanda Radio.

It is the Mazowe orphanage where some of the children are named after prominent Zimbabweans.

”We thought he would die but he survived,” the First Lady told Vice President Joice Mujuru, speaking of the orphan named after Zimbabwean prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa.

Back in November, Amai Mugabe made it even clearer that she is a supporter of all things Zimbabwean, “I really don’t understand why scores of people are putting their faith on for­eign preachers. They are having to raise a lot of money to visit them when in Zimbabwe we are blessed with anointed people of God who are able to do even greater things.”

Wadzanai Bara notes that “the First Lady’s comments come at a time when scores of Zimbabweans, including Cabinet ministers, are flock­ing to countries such as Ghana and Nigeria seeking divine intervention.”

Speaking of ZAOGA’s Prophetess Eunor Guti, the First Lady came up with a personal example of worshipping locally, “I go to Amai Guti seeking guid­ance and she prays for me. The prayers enable me to keep my family and life together. I see God’s power in her… .”

As observed by Lance Guma, these words somewhat contradict the position of Zimbabwe’s president who around that time was quoted as saying, “..In some churches you hear that a husband and his wife are prophet and prophetess.. – Is that how it is, is that what the Bible says?”

In further putting his ‘false prophets’ message through, the country’s leader reportedly  added, “Now the prophets are all over the country. [If they are true prophets] let them tell us where these curses befalling us are coming from. Children are perishing due to various diseases such as AIDS, cholera. The prophets should tell us how to overcome these.”

Thinking of ordinary Zimbabwean faithful, one cannot disagree with Amai Mugabe’s husband. But now I am still confused about Grace Mugabe’s message to her believing compatriots. If we are to translate the Christian message into action, as the First Lady suggested in Gweru recently, should we not embrace every single person in this world? Regardless of the price.

I wonder what Amai Mugabe would say about discussing prayer with North Korean comrades? North Korea tops the 2012 World Watch List of Persecuted Christians compiled by Open Doors.

Mamma, how about helping organize a friendly visit of Zimbabwe-bred anointed people of God (who “do even greater things” than the Nigerians) to our friends in the East to help them “keep their families and life together?” Just like Prophetess Eunor Guti does for You, Mamma!

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