A couple of weeks ago, leaders from the General Conference (GC) and the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division (SID) sent out a message to thank church members for remaining faithful in supporting the ministry of God’s church by returning tithe. Elder Juan Prestol expressed that “offering is an important way of showing our love to God while supporting the advancement of His mission.”
As the message spread across the SID, a couple in Zimbabwe felt compelled to return their tithe in kind. As a result, the Zimbabwe Central Union Conference Stewardship department was invited to come and collect God’s tithe in their plot in Vungu in Lower Gweru. Of the 31 cows that they had, Mr and Mrs Mpofu returned three beasts as tithe and gave an extra bull as an offering. This gesture not only impressed and inspired the church elders but the community as well. As a result, some local farmers have indicated that they too would like to return their tithe and offering in this manner.
The District Pastor, Ocean Ncube, says, “This is an excellent example to all of us. We must emulate the spirit of giving as God also gave us His only begotten Son.” Therefore, church members are encouraged to support the mission of God by not just returning tithe and offering but doing so faithfully and regularly.
Written by Noel Sibanda
Photos courtesy of Never Sibanda