Zimbabwe Assemblies of God-Africa (ZAOGA), one of the  oldest Pentecostal churches in Zimbabwe, is building an orphanage in Matabeleland South Province.

In its 51st anniversary supplement published last Friday in The Chronicle, the church indicated that the children’s home was being built in Insiza District.

“The Gwanda Province of ZAOGA has acquired a stand to build a children’s home in Filabusi,” reads part of the supplement. “Construction is already underway.”

In the past, social ministry, especially the construction of schools and hospitals has been a preserve of Roman Catholics, but of late Pentecostal churches have followed suit.

ZAOGA, known internationally as Foward In Faith Ministries International (FIFMI), which last year built a children’s home and a clinic in Mutoko, plans to build also a conference centre in Filabusi.

“Both projects are part of the international church’s drive to further enhance its presence and spread the Word in Matabeleland South Province,” states the supplement.

Amongst the church’s achievements, is the hospital – Mbuya Dorcas Health Centre – built out of funds raised by the spread worldwide members of the church.

“Forward In Faith Ministries International has built the first hospital in Zimbabwe that will have a spiritual wing for the patients who need spiritual attention rather than medical treatment,” further reads the supplement.

The church is also set to begin the construction of its Ezekiel Guti University in the Mashonaland Central provincial capital of Bindura. See RelZim.org‘s Universities section for more detail.

FIFMI hosts the recently commissioned Ezekiel Television channel broadcasts on television channels in some African and European countries.