THE current economic meltdown in the country needs divine intervention and cleansing , Zimbabwe’s first female bishop and founder of Elshaddai Ministries, Apostle Itai Hove has said.
Addressing journalists in the capital on Wednesday, Hove said her ministry has been praying for the nation for the past seven years.
“Well, I believe Biblically, the figure seven represents completeness and as you can see our country needs cleansing and forgiveness . God spoke to me to that effect,” she said.
Traditionally, religion has played an apolitical role but this has since shifted and religious leaders are playing a pivotal role in the political landscape.
Elshadai will celebrate its silver jubilee on August 24 in Ruwa and the event will attract regional followers.
Entertainment will be provided by Olinda Marowa and Mathias Mhere.
The ministry is also at advanced stages of constructing a centre for orphans and marginalised women in Ruwa as part of its philanthropic mission.
“We are at 85% stage in completion of a centre which will house marginalised women.
‘The building is in Ruwa at the Zimre turn off green roof and we hope this project will g a long way in alleviating challenges faced by women in the country,” said Hove.
The project is in tandem with the ministry’s mantra ‘Building families in prayer’.
Hove has written 30 motivational books and believes in gender cross pollination where she has also started projects to groom the boy child to be responsible fathers.
She said her vision came to her at the age of 9.
‘God gives you a vision and provisions like finances, human resources to achieve your goals.
“A vision is like a baby, you feed and help it grow,”she said.
She pointed out that ECM’s goal is to strengthen the headship of the father, the administrative position of the mother and obedience of children. ECM organises and hosts a variety of programmes and events every year. These include couples’ braai and social gatherings at lakes, parks, resort areas and indoors at the Elshaddai Transformation Centre in Ruwa.
The outdoor events are designed to provide an open and friendly atmosphere where biblical teachings about God’s purpose of marriage are delivered. There are also discussions on all issues that affect marriages, like bringing up children, romance and intimacy, financial issues, commitment and communication, as well as relationships with in-laws.