Church lures new members through drama

HARARE - For five days last week, Harare-based Upper Room Ministries Church performed their play called Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames.

Upper Room Ministries worked in conjunction with a South Africa-based non-denominational Christian entity, Reality Outreach Ministries to do the play.

The fear-provoking play dramatises life after death. It demonstrates the Biblical belief that sinners will suffer in a red-hot hell while the righteous will enjoy eternal happiness in heaven.

Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames also reflects everyday routines and how sin engulfs even the most unlikely people. It depicts the state of heaven, hell and eternity according to the Bible.

This is the second year running Upper Room Ministries has done the same play.

It was previously performed in 2000 — with a cast that featured top South Africa-based actor Leroy Gopal and Bevelino Gwanzura who made a name for himself as Blacks in the soapie studio 263.

Upper Room Ministries leader Berry Dambaza believes well-done plays can help his church to convert more people to Christianity.

“The play surely saved many souls. Many people were converted and others re-dedicated their lives to God. People cannot only be saved through preaching in church,” said Reverend Dambaza.

Pastor Watson Chitate, one of the organisers behind the play, was delighted by the world-class stage and state-of-the-art equipment they used.

“The drama is supported by an elaborate backdrop of light, sound and multimedia effects, along with classy costumes and props that made the drama real,” said Chitate.

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