All set for AFM centenary celebrations

HARARE - Parishioners will unite to celebrate the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe’s centenary  at Rufaro High School in Masvingo tomorrow.

Apostolic Faith Mission traces its origin to the Pentecostal Revival which was started in 1901 at Bethel Bible School in Arkansas, Texas by Charles Parham.

In Zimbabwe it is called Apostolic Faith Mission of Zimbabwe, and it filtered through from South Africa around 1915.

Now, 100 years on, thousands will attend the church’s special service that will be officiated by AFM Zimbabwe president Asphire Madziyire.

Visitors include AFP international president Frank Chikane.

Among the AFM presidents already here for the celebrations are those from the United Kingdom, Australia and Malawi. Presidents from Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo were likely to arrive yesterday.

The church’s general secretary Amon Madawo said the message that will be preached at the conference will be in line with the theme “Celebrating 100 Years of Being Established on a Solid Foundation”.

“We need solid foundations in everything that we do,” he said.

“We need a solid foundation for our economy and our morals.

“Even our politics must have a solid foundation so that as challenges and other life battles come to shake and test us, we remain steadfast.”

Madawo said they will welcome church members from around Zimbabwe and others from branches around Southern Africa.

At the church’s march to kick-start the week-long celebrations last Saturday in Harare; Madziyire said they would be launching a book at the conference. He also announced plans to expand the church to Dubai and Canada.

AFM was initially founded in 1908, in South Africa by John Lake and his companion Thomas Hezmalhalch.

According to oral tradition passed down in the church, Zimbabwean migrants who had gone into South Africa seeking jobs in mines and farms returned home having been converted into the new Pentecostal movement from as early as 1909.

However, official records held by AFM South Africa indicate that one evangelist Zacharias Manamela crossed the Limpopo in 1914 and started evangelising in Gwanda in early 1915.

Manamela is said to have been under Frank Dugmore who was the national secretary-general of AFM South Africa.

Comments (6)

am proud to be under afm .ma church ngativakei tanzwa nemajarata .

mudamburi - 28 August 2015

vana vedu tinovasiira legacy yemajarata here .we need to live something for our kids .

mudamburi - 28 August 2015

Mwari rangarirai AFM nevana vayo vafambe muhutsvene hwenyu, Happy 100years AFM

mangwiro - 29 August 2015

on this rock I'll built a church and the gates of hail shall not prevail against it. happy AFM 100 YEARS standing is not by might nor by power but by the grace of God

Jumirah Knowledge - 31 August 2015

Happy anniversary. Pastors should stop this business of APPRECIATION 5 TIMES PER YEAR. Why not once a year especially end of year? Exploiting poor people. Its not nice. Ma decision makers from AFM hazvina kunaka zvamunoita. Musaite mari nehwayi dzaBaba. Pastors are being given salary on top voti vaitirwe APPRECIATION 4 times pa gore and once for mukadzi wamfundisi. Its not holy. Of course haimanikidzwe. But we know the consequences. Why demand money from people. Some are even demanding $150 from each cell group. People are losing jobs day and night and where do you think they get the money? Saka kana kusina APPRECATION mufundisi haaparidzi?

Ngwekazi - 2 September 2015

happy 100 years AFM shoko ngaritsve muZimbabwe vanhu tererai shoko from your Pastors it is there divine calling for preaching the word of God to you..............................

LEWIS D GWIZO - 3 September 2015

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