Apos­tle Chiris­eri dies in hor­ror crash

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili

THE founder of His Pres­ence Min­istries In­ter­na­tional, Apos­tle Charles Chiris­eri, died while his wife Pas­tor Pe­tu­nia Chiris­eri is ad­mit­ted in the In­ten­sive Care Unit at Mater Dei Hos­pi­tal in Bu­l­awayo after they were in­volved in a car ac­ci­dent on Thurs­day night.

His Pres­ence Min­istries In­ter­na­tional has branches in the United King­dom, South Africa and 10 branches through­out Zim­babwe’s ma­jor cities.

The cou­ple was trav­el­ling to Bu­l­awayo to at­tend a funeral when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred at the 388KM peg along the Harare-Bu­l­awayo Road in Mbe­m­besi at about 10PM.

De­tails about the ac­ci­dent were sketchy yes­ter­day but those who vis­ited the scene said the cou­ple’s ve­hi­cle could have hit a don­key.

“They were trav­el­ling in a Toy­ota Hilux. Near the wreck­age of their ve­hi­cle lay a dead don­key which made us sus­pect they hit the an­i­mal.

“Apos­tle Chiris­eri died on the spot while his wife lost con­scious­ness while be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal. I doubt she knows that her hus­band is dead,” said a source.

Fam­ily spokesper­son and founder of Har­vest House In­ter­na­tional Min­istries Bishop Colin Ny­athi con­firmed Apos­tle Chiris­eri’s death.

“It is with sad­ness of the heart that we an­nounce the pass­ing on of Apos­tle Charles Chiris­eri last night as a re­sult of a road traf­fic ac­ci­dent that took place ap­prox­i­mately 44km from Bu­l­awayo in Mbe­m­besi,” said Bishop Ny­athi in a state­ment.

He said there were no other peo­ple in the car so no one knows what re­ally tran­spired.

“We got to hear about it this morn­ing. They were just the two of them in the ve­hi­cle. His wife is in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion and ad­mit­ted at Mater Dei Hos­pi­tal so it will be pre­ma­ture to say what hap­pened. We’re still try­ing to gather facts on the mat­ter,” he said.

Bishop Ny­athi said Apos­tle Chiris­eri’s death was a blow to Chris­tians as he had over 20 years ex­pe­ri­ence in spread­ing the gospel of Christ.

“In sum­mary Apos­tle Charles was a true ser­vant of God, some­one with a big heart. He was pa­tient, kind, ever joy­ful and a fa­ther of many,” he said.

Bishop Ny­athi said Apos­tle Chiris­eri was a mem­ber of the Evan­gel­i­cal Fel­low­ship of Zim­babwe (EFZ) and Coun­cil of Apos­tles.

He said Apos­tle Chiris­eri was also a co-founder of Legacy In­ter­na­tional School.

EFZ sent its con­do­lence mes­sages to the Chiris­eri fam­ily while wish­ing Pas­tor Chiris­eri a speedy re­cov­ery.

Apos­tle Chiris­eri is sur­vived by four chil­dren and an adopted niece. — @nqot­shili

The late Apos­tle Charles Chiris­eri and wife Pe­tu­nia

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