Bulawayo City Council (BCC) in conjunction with the Christian community of Bulawayo convened a prayer day for good rains and the industry. 

The prayer initiative comes after days of heavy downpours in and around the city, with hopes of a better rainy season.

Heartfelt prayer and supplication for the rains was made by pastors from fellowships like the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Union of Churches.

Present for prayer was the Mayor of Bulawayo Thaba Moyo, his deputy Amen Mpofu and Town Clerk Middleton Nyoni among other dignitaries and church leaders. The prayer day was convened amid appeals by the Mayor of Bulawayo for church leaders to pray for the rains.

The day of prayer also comes at the backdrop of serious water problems that have hit the city, whilst the BCC is threatening the decommissioning of the Upper Ncema dam if the region experiences poor rains. Lower Ncema and Inyankuni have already been decommissioned.

Christians present also prayed for the dying industry in Zimbabwe’s second largest city. Over 80 firms either shut down or relocated to other cities.   

Pastor Trevor Masuku of World of Life Church said, “Bulawayo Industries are dying and they represent dry bones which I believe we can speak to so that they may live again,” Masuku said making reference to Ezekiel 37. He prophesied that wealth was coming to the second largest city.

Town Clerk Middleton Nyoni paid tribute to the residents for supporting the cause of BCC. “I have no doubt that God has heard our prayers. I thank all the groups here and, God willing, we will be holding regular prayers,” Nyoni said.

The buzz word in Bulawayo-based churches is prayer for the rains and resuscitation of industry which are the two main problems that have bedeviled the City of Kings.

As Sunday marked the start of a late rainy season, Matabeleland is expectant of good rains that will translate into good yields.

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