A WhatsApp status by a United Methodist Church pastor has resulted in the positive transformation of a 91-year-old widow’s life.
Reverend Energy Mudzedze, Pastor-in-Charge of Mutambara East of the United Methodist Circuit, had made a routine pastoral visit to Gogo Anamay Chihowo Munazvo of Matendeudze Village in Chimanimani District when he was touched by her appalling living conditions.
He posted a photo of himself standing beside Gogo Munazvo’s dilapidated grassed-thatched kitchen hut, pleading to well-wishers to chip in with any form of assistance for her to get decent accommodation. Said Rev Mudzedze:
It was during my routine section visits to homes of members of Matendeudze Section Two where I saw the need at Gogo Munazvo’s homestead. There was a need for proper and decent accommodation for Gogo Munazvo.
I placed a WhatsApp status message on my phone. This resulted in the coming on board of a number of well-wishers to assist Gogo Munazvo. As Christians, we are torchbearers, and the world counts on us.
He said the response from both church and non-church members was huge as donations and pledges started to pour in.
Through the contributions, a two-roomed structure was constructed and handed over to Gogo Munazvo last week on Saturday, with UK-based, Mrs Gondo going on to donate US$500 for the construction of a kitchen hut.
Gogo Munazvo was at a loss of words and failed to utter anything as emotions got the better of her during the handover ceremony.
Gogo Munazvo is a fully subscribed member of the United Methodist Church and rarely misses Sunday services.
She stays alone and has no child following the death of all her three children.