From kitchen to pul­pit

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - Re­li­gious Writer

FOR a young preacher who has vowed to change the way peo­ple wor­ship God, it all started at the ten­der age of 10. Grow­ing up in (ZAOGA) For­ward in Faith Min­istries, Prophet Arthur Bu­randa of the re­cently formed Alive in Christ Church in­sists that his mis­sion is dif­fer­ent from many other mush­room­ing places of wor­ship.

He claims that his church is God’s gen­uine al­ter based on solid teach­ings drawn from the Holy Scrip­tures.

The 27-year-old prophet dumped the kitchen for the pul­pit four years ago af­ter quit­ting his job at one of the lead­ing fast-foods out­lets in Harare.

Prophet Bu­randa had worked for the food court for al­most two years af­ter his dream of study­ing law had dashed due to lack of tu­ition fees.

“I had to find work be­cause I had fam­ily re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. While I was still em­ployed, I used to re­ceive a lot of prayer re­quests. The turn­ing point was when my fa­ther Mr Al­bert Bu­randa was di­ag­nosed of liver cir­rho­sis and di­a­betes. That’s when I made a covenant with God, that if he was to heal my fa­ther, I would serve Him.

“I trav­elled to our ru­ral home in Mwenezi to pray for my fa­ther, who had been told by doc­tors that he only had six months to live. God turned the try­ing times into a tes­ti­mony.

“That was in 2014, God did a great mir­a­cle and healed my fa­ther. Af­ter that I re­signed from my job and spent time in Maron­dera, liv­ing with my aunt.”

He had made the de­ci­sion to com­mit him­self to God’s work.

“I would spend sev­eral hours in se­cluded places in deep prayer. I went into a four months fast and would break the fast daily at around 5pm. That’s when God re­vealed deep spir­i­tual things to me.”

Prophet Bu­randa said his jour­ney was shaped by his spir­i­tual fa­ther, Prophet Em­manuel Makandiwa of the United Fam­ily In­ter­na­tional Church (UFIC).

He nar­rated that while he was still liv­ing in Maron­dera, he started in­ter-de­nom­i­na­tional prayer ser­vices at his aunt’s house.

Dur­ing the prayer meet­ings, heal­ing mir­a­cles would take place.

As a re­sult, the gath­er­ing grew in no time.

The young prophet was then in­vited to share God’s word at var­i­ous churches in Masvingo, Nor­ton, Chi­tung­wiza and Harare, among other places.

On Jan­uary 7th, 2018, Prophet Bu­randa launched Alive in Christ Church in down­town Harare.

While it is still early days, the prophet says that he is not look­ing back.

“My spe­cial fo­cus and in­ter­est is on the Word of God. Mir­a­cles may at­tract peo­ple but it is the Word of God that changes the hearts of men. Ev­ery Chris­tian must be equipped with the word,” he said.

“We want to be a voice of the young Chris­tian peo­ple in our gen­er­a­tion.

“I be­lieve in a strong prayer life as this is the only way to make God real. Above all, we thank God for free­dom of wor­ship in Zim­babwe.”

Prophet Bu­randa

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