As a nation, Zimbabwe continues to suffer extreme economic difficulties, yet the Apostolic Church continues to provide enthusiastic and vibrant...
Over half a century in Sub-Saharan Africa
In September 2017 The Apostolic Church, SA celebrated its 50th anniversary with 3 days of festivities in Durban. The main commemoration service was a joyful and colourful affair with over 800 squeezing into the Omega Worship Centre. Since the first residential missionaries arrived in the late 1960s a number of missionary couples and families have been privileged to serve in both Durban and Cape Town. Subsequent to autonomy being given to the South African church in 2010 strong relationships have been maintained by regular visits to encourage, enhance and provide leadership development.
A former Portuguese colony, Mozambique suffered 27 years of war until 1992 that saw 1 million people killed with many more displaced. It was into the latter stages of this conflict that the first connections were made by Actionoverseas missionaries from South Africa with a group of fledgling rural churches. Residential missionaries were located in Chimoio, central Mozambique from 1996 to 2009 to assist with the development of both physical and organisational structures. Through a rigid programme of teaching and development indigenous leaders were able to quickly assume leadership of the church with formal autonomy being granted in October 2017. Through partnership with a church-planting organisation in South Africa the Mozambican pastors have planted over 70 churches over 2 years.
The recent history of Zimbabwe has been difficult with economic collapses, political unrest and famine. Despite the severe hardships that the people of this beautiful land-locked country face they continue to display great faith and exercise vibrant worship in their churches. Many have been forced to leave the country, as economic migrants, to neighbouring countries or overseas to look for work to support their families back home. Into this context the church is seeking to bring the love and hope of Christ – to be salt and light.
In October autonomy was granted to the church in Mozambique.
Over the weekend of 15th to 17th September this year the Apostolic Church in South Africa celebrated it’s Jubilee (50th)...