By Daniel Chigundu
CHRIST Embassy Zimbabwe emerged as heroes when they saved a near-flop World Tourism Day celebration and Bulawayo Carnival organised by the Ministry of Tourism.
The World Tourism Day celebrations which were being used as one of the many precursor events to the 10th edition of Sanganai/Hlanganani World Travel Expo failed to attract the expected huge numbers of participants and even members of the public stayed away.
So dire was the situation that only a handful of participants who can be counted on the fingers of two hands took part in the street procession and the main venue at Bulawayo City Hall.
However, it was Christ Embassy Zonal Pastor Dr Ruth Musarurwa and her huge number of congregates that ensured the street procession was at least colourful and respectable in terms of numbers.
Addressing the media Pastor Ruth said her church is participating in the country’s tourism activities because their leader Pastor Chris Oyakhilome encouraged them to do so.
“Our man of God encouraged us to support anything that is done in our nation especially those events that promote the brand of the nation, so we are coming in as ambassadors of the nation, whenever we are called by any ministry we come in because we are doing what we are supposed to do.
“We came in also because we were after the souls because and this program brings people from all walks of life and we are after the souls of man and when we have many souls together we give them the Rhapsodies of Realties.
“I would like to thank our man of God Reverend Chris Oyakhilome for giving us this Rhapsody of Realities, we have impacted this nation with the word of God and we have reached out to our nation,” she said.
Pastor Ruth and her church also took part in the Harare Motor Show at Belgravia Sports Club earlier this month and also contributed a huge number of participants to the Harare International Carnival street party.
Christ Embassy Zimbabwe is currently distributing the Rhapsody of Realities across the country under its annual program called Reach Out Zimbabwe.
Under the program, the church is targeting to distribute about one million copies of the daily devotional in 2017 to feed into the international target of 250 million copies.
Rhapsody of Realities is currently distributed in about 242 countries around the world and is probably the most translated daily devotional with at least 862 translations.