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First lady of Zimbabwe praises Salvation Army at women's rally

First lady of Zimbabwe praises Salvation Army at women's rally

First lady of Zimbabwe praises Salvation Army at women's rally

6 September 2019

Commissioner Rosalie Peddle (right) with the First Lady of Zimbabwe, Mrs Auxillia Mnangagwa, during the recent Home League Rally in the capital, Harare.

IHQ communications

Women from 10 southern African countries gathered in Zimbabwe for the SARPCO (Southern African Region Project Capacity-building) Home League Rally, led by Commissioner Rosalie Peddle (World President of Women’s Ministries) and Commissioner Bronwyn Buckingham (World Secretary for Women’s Ministries).

Delegates were also delighted to hear from the First Lady of Zimbabwe, Mrs Auxillia Mnangagwa, who made a surprise appearance midway through the Saturday morning events. She spoke of her appreciation for the work of The Salvation Army, which she said should be applauded for empowering marginalised members of the society, such as women and girls.

“The Salvation Army in Zimbabwe has been actively involved in the transformation of lives of ordinary people in many ways,” she said. “Your church in Zimbabwe has been supportive of government efforts to provide education through its 35 schools across the country.”

Around 6000 women attended the rally, which took place at Glamis Arena stadium in Harare, the nation's capital.

The rally was based on the Women’s Ministries worldwide theme ‘On the Way to Heaven’ and began with a welcome meeting featuring praise and worship, timbrel and hosho (a traditional African shaker) groups from the host nation. 

In her opening message on the Friday night, Commissioner Peddle used the apostle Paul’s words from Philippians, reminding her listeners that ‘our citizenship is not of the world, our citizenship is in Heaven’.

A fellowship meeting included presentations by timbrel groups from Zambia and Malawi and the unusual sight of a ‘kitchen band’ from Zimbabwe, which used kitchen utensils as instruments!

Commissioner Buckingham gave the Bible message, explaining what it means to live an obedient life.

A full program on Saturday started with early morning prayers followed by Bible study, with the Southern Africa and Zimbabwe Territorial ladies’ bands on duty.

After Mrs Auxillia Mnangagwa appearance and speech, the afternoon was filled with fun, laughter and fellowship at a pageant led by Major Happy Madonsela and Major Nokuthula Mahlobo from the Southern Africa Territory. 

In the evening an ‘Africa night’ featured plenty of instrumental music and dance. Women dressed in cultural attire, making for a spectacular sight. Through the day, teaching was given on a variety of subjects that affect women in Africa, including human trafficking, marriage and self-reliance.

Sunday morning started with a march-past followed by worship led by the Zonal Secretary for Women’s Ministries for the Africa Zone, Commissioner Yvonne Conrad.

Giving the closing message, Commissioner Peddle reminded delegates that the Bible is their passport to Heaven. She encouraged them to remain focused. At the close of the meeting, an altar call was made and hundreds of women made commitments to remain spiritually focused and serve God.

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