In the beginning God established Zion, and in it his afflicted and/or suffering people will find refuge (Isaiah 14:32). Zion was founded as the city of the living God, and heavenly Jerusalem, and with its thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly (Hebrews 12:22). “How then will one answer the messengers of the nation? That the Lord has founded Zion, And the afflicted of His people will seek refuge in it.” (Isaiah 14:32) The general assembly and the Zion Christian Church were built upon the foundation laid down by the Apostles and Prophets, the cornerstone being Christ Jesus himself (Ephesians 2:20). In 1913 and at the then Hartley (now Chegutu) a little place in Southern Rhodesia, God remembered Southern Rhodesia and Africa as a whole by baptizing a humble Rozvi sinner, one Samuel Mutendi with the Holy Spirit and fire (Hebrews 3:11). Witnesses like Simon Murevi heard and saw him speaking in tongues and this was the rock on which the church is built (Mathew 16:18).
From 1924 Samuel Mutendi formally founded the church which recognised and still recognises the cultural values of the people of Zimbabwe as a basis to build both a fear and trust of God. The church has seen and still sees with deepest Christian anxiety the deplorable spiritual, mental and physical condition of the people of Africa and the whole world at large which the word of God declares shall be lightened up with the glorious rays of the sun of righteousness. The church remembers with deep emotion the last instruction of the ascending Lord when He said to the Eleven: ”Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to all the people. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved; and whoever does not believe shall be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16)
The Church was constituted into a distinct denomination without distinction on the basis of colour, race, tribe or creed through Samuel Mutendi’s 63 years of evangelism work (1913 to 1976) where he desired to show love, faith and trust by obedience to Christ’s Word. This mission has continued and teaching the Word of God with simplicity and understanding remains the goal of current leader Bishop Nehemiah G. Mutendi. The church believes the Bible is the written and inspired Word of God and Bishop N. Mutendi continues the mission to invoke spiritual and material change and growth in the lives of people as inspired by the Word of God.
His desire and vision is for all to hear the Word and gain understanding of God’s love and promise and, taking over from where his father Rev. Samuel Mutendi left of, to spread the word beyond Zimbabwe’s borders. With this global vision, Mbungo functions as the helm outreach for the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) ministry and this is truly making a mark that cannot be erased in the lives of millions!.
ZCC’s global vision has translated into offices and parishes in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, the United Kingdom, the United States, and many other countries.
Several more are scheduled to open soon.