By Tafadzwa Muranganwa
A leader of an inter-denomination group, Council for Churches in Africa (CCA), has called on indigenous churches to seriously consider building their own schools and clinics.
The CCA president Bishop Dr Ricky Moyo was speaking at a passover ceremony of Jekineshen church in Mawunganidze village under Chief Mutema where he was guest of honour on Saturday.
“It’s now that time as indigenous churches to emulate what other churches like Seventh Day Adventist and the Roman Catholic are doing – building schools.
“We have the numbers and can build these schools, naming them after our leaders. For example, here we can have St Phillips Secondary School to honour our leader, Philip Pferedzai,” said the CCA president.
“As indigenous churches, there is the chance for us to construct clinics where we can employ our own congregants as nurses.
“Wouldn’t it be a marvel to go to a clinic where the nurses will be donning your church’s uniform!”
The call was reiterated by the host, St Phillip Pferedzai who was conferred with a Doctorate at the ceremony by the Council for Churches in Africa.
“We as churches have to build schools and hospitals to help our congregants and communities we live in.
“Churches should complement government’s infrastructure development rather than leaving it as the sole responsibility of the government,” said St Phillip Pferedzai.
The Council for Churches in Africa has various thematic programmes where in which it is partnering fellow churches, business, civic society organisations and government.
It is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa and the Zimbabwean chapter was launched early last month.