Charamba Church: The take away:

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Robert Mukondiwa

ZIM­BABWE is awash with churches. There are prob­a­bly more churches in Zim­babwe than there are bars in Las Ve­gas; and that should be very wor­ry­ing.

Many have the hall­mark of re­li­gious bet­ting shops, eas­ily mak­ing gullible ‘‘be­liev­ers’’ part with the few mick­les of money they will be hav­ing in their torn pocket all with the prom­ise of as­sur­ances of pros­per­ity should they ‘‘seed’’.

Which is why eye­brows were raised when iconic mu­si­cal cou­ple Baba and Mai Charamba said they were start­ing their own church, named Rooted in Christ Min­istries, ac­cord­ing to me­dia pro­nounce­ments last week and sub­se­quently held their first ‘‘ser­vice’’ in a rented au­di­to­rium.

And yet while many peo­ple al­ways struggle with the launch­ing of yet an­other church. Per­haps this is one gather­ing that was long over­due.

Fact is Baba Charamba in his hu­mil­ity will say he felt a need to grow and min­is­ter yet many would read into his time of leav­ing as point­ing to the fact that per­haps he and his wife and fam­ily had enough of the pre­vail­ing drama at their erst­while AFM con­gre­ga­tion.

Madziyire in­cor­po­rated, as it had be­come, was see­ing more war­ring, fight­ing and ex­plo­sions than Ye­men, Syria and Iraq com­bined. Fight­ing in churches tends to leave peo­ple ter­ri­bly fa­tigued and per­haps the Charam­bas were tired too. But that would be mere spec­u­la­tion. Then there are facts. Those who have ob­served the Charam­bas over the years will at­test to the fact that there is one great take out from word that their church has fi­nally taken shape.

Their min­istry is one that cer­tainly will not be fac­tored around money. The Charam­bas have never been the type to be big spend­ing glut­tons.

It is the fam­ily val­ues that the cou­ple preaches that will no doubt be a draw-card.

In a coun­try where di­vorces and bro­ken homes are the norm, the in­sti­tu­tion of the fam­ily has been suf­fer­ing and barely been ad­dressed in the world of re­li­gion as many preach mon­e­tary ben­e­fit above all else.

The lived re­al­ity of the Charam­bas be­ing a strong fam­ily that leads by ex­am­ple as a strong fam­ily unit is some­thing that will make con­gre­gants learn from the best.

They have ob­vi­ously seen their bad days.

They have ob­vi­ously fought as any cou­ple would. But their strong union has lasted and grown.

Their fam­ily and their chil­dren are ev­i­dence that they can weather any storm and in a na­tion that now needs strong mar­riages, a strong prin­ci­pled cou­ple like the Charam­bas will teach a fresh type of re­li­gion that was badly lack­ing.

How he has his daugh­ters bow their heads and lead in prayer be­fore any jour­ney, how he sits with them and takes them through the word.

How he preaches in song and how she sub­mits re­spect­fully to him is ev­i­dence of a strong union.

Even in her strong days when her ca­reer had gone ahead of his in terms of suc­cess, she was not nar­cis­sis­tic and think­ing she was head of the pack but waited for her part­ner un­til his ca­reer be­came strong again.

In a na­tion that is lack­ing in love, re­spect and faith­ful re­la­tions, the Charam­bas have the best liv­ing word that it is still fash­ion­able to be faith­ful, car­ing, stuck in the world’s old­est union and with a ring on the fin­ger.

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