Paul Seelhammer from ZEMA recently spent week with us in the Vhembe District of Limpopo to meet with various ZCC pastors and church groups.
Two of the men Paul met were Pastor Matumba and Vhutshilo Matshaba. During their conversation, Paul began to share the Zion history but Pastor Matumba became upset with this and asked, “Who gave you authority to teach us? You can’t even speak to us without permission from our leadership.” It was all going wrong, what started out as a great opportunity was turning ugly.
Paul began praying, asking the Holy Spirit to help him break through into the life of this 60 year-old ZCC Pastor. God answered his prayer and Paul calmly held his Bible up and said, “I come in the authority of the Word of God, in the name of Jesus Christ, and that is all. I did not come to steal your flock, start a new church, or teach you anything other than the Bible.” At that moment, everything changed and Pastor Matumba started smiling and was eager to talk about the things of God.
Paul was able to give Pastor Matumba a Venda New Testament & Psalm Bible, as he didn’t have his own Bible. They invited Vhutshilo to join them as they read the Word, talked about Jesus, and His life, death and resurrection. Before they parted, the three men prayed together. “It was an amazing time of prayer!” says Paul. Both Pastor Matumba and Vhutshilo were beaming with joy. When Paul asked if he could come back for another visit, they said “YES, ANYTIME!”
We praise God that the Limpopo Province is hungry for God and are ready to hear His Word!