By Wellington Zimbowa
TRAIN up a child in the way he should, go teaching him to seek God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents, reads Proverbs 22:6.
Born to a Christian couple, the late father Eric William Mavunga and mother Reverend Auxillia Mandizha Mavunga, Pelagia’s childhood was deeply immersed in the deep Christian ethos of hard work, Ubuntu, endurance and love.
Against all odds and with the blessing of her endeared husband whom she calls King Charles Kwashirai, the United Kingdom-based church minister and student nurse is committed to uplift the lives of many.
In April 2020 when the world went on ‘still mode’, during the early manifestation of the COVID- 19 pandemic, she established the Anchored Gospel Community Doncaster (AGCDONCASTER) initiative.
The driving values behind the initiative are: Empower. Cultivate. Elevate.
AGCDONCASTER is a social media platform where successful gospel artists, preachers, entrepreneurs, and authors among others get a potential chance to attain their dreams through mentorship, resource support, networking and a unique showcasing opportunity.
“I have always had a passion for giving and helping those who are less privileged. This passion was embedded in me by my mother Reverend Auxilia Mandizha Mavunga and my father, the deceased Eric William Mavunga. In April 2020, that is when I started feeling the push to support young gifted and talented people in gospel music,” said the young mother.
As the harsh winds of the highly contagious COVID- 19 pandemic are ravaging the globe, Pelagia and her associates are at the forefront trying to calm the world through their own approach.
“AGCDONCASTER was founded in April 2020, during the COVID- 19 pandemic, to encourage people in such a difficult time and to share the little we have with those who are struggling. The platform has received testimonies of changing people’s lives financially through the gospel music competitions we host. This has helped me discover where my passion lies in helping and supporting young, passionate, and dedicated people in fulfilling their calling and purpose in music,” she added.
Currently, six promising Gospel artistes are set to announce their initial entrance onto the gospel music scene – thanks to AGCDONCASTER.
As part of its selection process for beneficiaries, the initiative holds a music competition to scout for talent with judges, including celebrated gospel musicians drawn across the globe including the United States of America, Zimbabwe and Ghana.
Three of the artists currently under AGCDONCASTER’s deal excelled in competitions, while two lucky participants also had a charity hand extended to them, with the last one identified from Eagle Life Assembly ministry in Bulawayo.
The project highly utilises online channels, hence these artistes’ music will be launched on various online platforms including Facebook Live, on June 4, this year.
AGCDONCASTER’s first music competitions were held in May 2020, with Bulawayo’s Nkosi Herman Nyoni winning the creativity tussle and his song is due for release with other participants pocketing 5 Pounds or its equivalent, as consolation gratitude for the effort.
Besides supporting artistes, Minister Pel as she is widely known is also supporting Life Peace and Hope Foundation based in Zimbabwe’s Domboshava area, which was founded by her mother, Reverend Auxilia Mandizha.
Started in 2016, the charity supports orphans, widows, and the less privileged by paying for school fees and providing them with uniforms and other basic essentials. Although she feels the impact of the support, she reckons it is far from meeting the required needs.
This is largely due to financial challenges.
“In the next 5-years, we are planning to have hosted an Africa Gospel Music Competition, more like X-Factor, but just for the gospel and to have successfully supported more than 1 000 young artistes across Africa,” she added.
Minister Pel acknowledges her husband’s support, her mother and in-laws, Prophet Dr Blessing Samuel and Prophetess Shemeriah Chiza of Eagle Life Assembly FIG Bulawayo, Archbishop Dr Asa and Apostle Mavis Gurupira of Faith In God Ministries International, among others.
For sponsors, Obey Mazivisa Music, Freedom Takarusenga, FIH Multimedia and Roots Productions are some of the sponsors she is grateful to.
By Wellington Zimbowa