Apostle Pride Sibiya explains Footprints Of The Legends and Spiritual Fatherhood (Part 1 of 2)

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Glory Ministries (www.glorymin.net), hosted its Tiyambuke International Christian Convention (TICC) – 2015 Chapter; under the theme FOOTPRINTS OF THE LEGENDS. This coincided with his our celebration of Bishop (Apostle) Pride Sibiya’s 20 years in ministry, as well as acknowledging FATHERS AND MOTHERS in our nation who have also helped him develop over the years to another level. The theme itself sought to bring to attention the fact that for one to succeed well in life they need to listen to the wise words of our predecessors, who have “seen it, felt it, and touched it” before us (1 John 1:1). In other words, we have to follow the “footprints of the legends”.   

Apostle Pride Sibiya explains Footprints Of The Legends and Spiritual Fatherhood (Part 1 of 2)

Preceding to the hosting of the 2015 Tiyambuke Convention; Bishop (Apostle) Pride Sibiya (www.pridesibiya.com), the Founder, President and Presiding Bishop of Glory Ministries; was interviewed by The Sunday Mail (Divine Appointments), by Tendai Hildegarde Manzvanzvike, to shed more light on Spiritual Fatherhood. Below is the edited text of the interview he gave to the The Sunday Mail.

Q: The 14th Tiyambuke (Crossover) annual convention is a double celebration. What are you looking at this year, and what do you hope to achieve?

A: Tiyambuke International Christian Convention is an annual convocation of saints from the SADC region meant to empower them through the Word of God. It is a reliving of the Exodus experience when Moses took the children of Israel from bondage to liberty. Life is lived in dimensions and we have to cross over into the next dimension or place of existence, “toyambukira kune zviri nane” (crossing over to better things or a fresh start). That is what Tiyambuke is all about.

This particular edition of Tiyambuke aims at bringing the older generation of Christian ministers and the younger and upcoming ones, so that there will be a bond, a synergy of the youthful ministers’ energy and zeal, and the older generation’s wisdom and experience in the Christian ministry.

Q: And the theme, who are these legends?

A: They include Archbishop A Gurupira; Prophet Blessing Chiza who is son to Archbishop Gurupira; Bishop Ngwiza Mnkandla, founder of Faith Ministries; Apostle Alfred Jaka; Evangelist Paul Saungweme; Apostle Alexander Chisango, a nation-builder and also my spiritual father. Of the confirmed speakers, we also have Apostle Mavis Gurupira, and yet to confirm is Professor Ezekiel Handinawangu Guti.

Q: What are “footprints” and “legends”?

A: In short, a legend is a person who against odds overcomes, or someone who does some remarkable feat in life that leaves a story to tell – a legendary story.

As they start, people say it’s not achievable, but that person through the Spirit of God takes the bull by the horns and moves and begins to do something, and after many years we look at them and say “maybe, these are people that we can follow, the heroes who made it against all odds”.

For me, these are legends because the biggest thing has to be the spiritual walk – the way they walked with God, the character built through that walk with God, whereby you look at them and you don’t hear about scandal-ridden lifestyles. They obviously have weaknesses, but you can see that they are striving to be more and more like Jesus. Apart from character, there is also their fruit, for the Bible says you shall know them by their fruit.

Footprints are marks left by the movement of a person or a thing. The prints are clear that it is easy to follow the person.

A print carries the identity of a person because no two people have the same print – meaning that a print tells us that someone once walked here, and that someone is traceable.

Legends can therefore be canonised based on their traceability, having overcome odds, keeping their integrity, towering as figures of influence who are worthy of our desire to continuously take a glance at their legendary life stories, to get inspired.

Legends are also champions in their right and most importantly, in their domains, like our President is a liberation war legend; Peter Ndlovu is a soccer legend; Ezekiel Guti is a spiritual legend; and, Oliver Mtukudzi is an entertainment legend.

The Christian legends in the Zimbabwean context suffered long years in the furtherance of the gospel and their names have sometimes been fogged in the dust of historical events, yet it is their patient persistence that has made this nation have over 75 percent of professing Christianity.

The spiritual atmosphere is now easier to penetrate, relative to years back, even in other nations. Today, God can raise a young preacher and within five years, they can command a 10 000-strong congregation. That is evidence that ‘kune vakagobora tisati tauya’ and these must be respected.

Apostle Pride Sibiya explains Footprints Of The Legends and Spiritual Fatherhood (Part 1 of 2)

Q: You are also celebrating 20 years in ministry. What has the walk been like and how do you connect with these legends?

A: The 20 years have not been an easy road. There were lots of challenges and set-backs in the ministry. A lot of things happened, yet we remained focused on God, always knowing that the devil is our enemy.

However, I must say the grace of God has taken us this far. We are saying Ebenezer, as we continue to enjoy the outpouring of His grace! The covering of my spiritual father and mother, Apostles A. and A. Chisango has also been central, together will my soul-mate, Anna Tendayi.

The celebration of this anniversary is married with this particular convention in that at 20 years in ministry, my sole desire, unlike when I was younger, is to genuinely influence humanity for the better. I have set my eyes on living a legacy, just like the legends, through investing in people. For me, at this juncture in my life, being legendary is about serving God through serving people.

Check for Part 2 of the article.

Accredited to: Tendai Hildegarde Manzvanzvike
The Sunday Mail (Divine Appointments)

Adopted and edited by: Tapiwa Zuze

Apostle Pride Sibiya explains Footprints Of The Legends and Spiritual Fatherhood (Part 1 of 2)
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