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    Monday, 16 October 2017

    First RCZ deaf and dumb pastor


    SIPHATHISIWE MATHAMBO

    MORGENSTER – The Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ) recently ordained its first deaf and dumb pastor, Rev Mary Chipoka Zenda (32) at a function held at Morgenster Mission in Masvingo.
    The event was of immense significance to thousands of RCZ congregants who for years have sought acknowledgement of the deaf and dumb within their church community.
    Chipoka who was born deaf and dumb was also appointed Chaplin of Henry Murray School of the Deaf.
    She is married to Trevor Zenda who is also deaf. She was ordained by the church's Actuary, Elius Makaudze who urged her to be strong and prayerful.
    The sermon was delivered by a lecturer at South Africa's National Institute for the Deaf (NID) in Cape Town, South Africa Rev Oberholzer Jan who said pastoring is like honey from a rock. He said pastoring has sweet moments but needs strength as there are moments of trials and tribulations. (1Timothy 2 v1-7).
    Lincoln Matongo, a former teacher at Emerald Hill School for the deaf where Chipoka studied expressed his joy. He said the deaf community has been remembered by God in Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole
    "I am happy I did my duty and now Mary is a pastor," said Matongo.
    Moderator Rev Dr Ranganai Rutoro and Chancellor of RCU said it was a historic occasion.
    Rev Chipoka said she was happy to assist the deaf and dumb as they also need salvation.
    Her calling to Evangelism was discovered by Henry Murray's head Kudakwashe Rugare who advised her to become a pastor.
    Chipoka did her Primary education at Henry Murray, she went to Emerald Hill for her secondary education and did Theology Studies at the National Institute of the Deaf in Cape Town, South Africa.
    She is the third daughter of Jonathan and Egneta Chipoka and was born at Masvingo Provincial Hospital in 1985 and grew up at Nangwi Village under Chief Zimuto.
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