IN a passionate plea for divine intervention in the fight against the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic, Bulawayo cleric Madzibaba Emmanuel Mutumwa has called on church leaders from various denominations in the city to unite for a virtual “moment of prayer” in the fight against coronavirus.
Madzibaba Mutumwa who is founder of Johane Masowe weChishanu Apostolic sect in Bulawayo’s call for prayer comes amid reports that Bulawayo for the past two weeks recorded 2 190 new Covid-19 cases, the highest being on July 14 when 358 cases and a record 20 deaths were reported in a single day.
It also came hardly a few weeks after the First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa implored the nation to join her in seven days of prayer and fasting to pray for the land in the face of a spike in Covid-19 cases and other ailments.
The mother of the nation who has been leading various denominations in praying for the nation, said only God had the power to keep disease and death at bay.
“Nothing beats the power of prayer. We need to come together and pray for our nation. We are living in trying times which spell the need to seek the face of God.
“We must make it a point to pray and fast for the nation wherever we are so that we may emerge victorious in the wake of an invisible enemy who is wreaking havoc across the globe. As we pray for relief in our nation, we should observe the measures for safe praying. The best is to fast and pray as individuals in our homes,” she said.
Taking heed of the First Lady’s plea for divine intervention in ending Covid-19, Madzibaba Mutumwa said as church leaders it was also part of their duties to come together and pray for the nation in light of the pandemic.
“As Christians, we turn to God in times of fear and uncertainty as we do in times of joy and celebration. As a church leader I’m also calling other church leaders from various denominations in the city to come together virtually so that we pray for God’s heart of love, mercy, and truth to dwell in us and show us how to face the challenges posed by the coronavirus.
“Remember the First lady Amai Auxillia Mnangwagwa has been leading various denominations in praying for the nation.
“This is a situation we have not been through before, but thanks be to God that even in the midst of all these things, He is with us,” said Madzibaba Mutumwa.
He adds: “As religious leaders, we don’t need to fear anything. Covid-19 spared no race, no region and has put us away from our churches, and our prayer places, but it is also an opportunity for us as church leaders to show the strength of our faith.”
He also said expressed gratitude to frontline staff saying they needed to be prayed for so that God could also save them from danger.
“We should also pray for all the health care staff at hospitals who have sacrificed themselves to treat people during this difficult time and we want God to save them from danger,” he said.
Dr Prophet Blessing Chiza, founder of Eagle Life Assembly church welcomed the move saying with prayer all things were possible.
“I think it’s a good move that as pastors we should unite in prayer in the fight against coronavirus. As servants of God, we believe that sickness can be removed by prayer. Though we don’t refute the fact people need treatment we believe prayer is working much faster than treatment. This is because we have seen a number of people who are succumbing to Covid-19 complications even though they have access to treatment,” said Pastor Chiza.
President Mnangagwa, who has been leading from the front in the fight against the invisible enemy on Monday said the fight against Covid-19 was a national struggle — and all must come together to defeat it.