Family Throws Surprise Party to Express Gratitude

United Methodist women celebrate after receiving food parcels at Bwanya United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. Source: United Methodist News

As an expression of gratitude for God keeping them safe during the pandemic, the Mukandi family of Zimbabwe partnered with Mutoko East 2 United Methodist women’s organization to throw a party for 250 women from 6 local United Methodist churches.

During the festivities, each member of the women’s group received church clothing, lunch and a food basket. 

Charity Mukandi, one of the attendees said, “My name affirms, strengthens and resonates with what I do, but I believe it all started in the Bible. God pricelessly gave us his son to die for our sins, so when God blesses us, we also plow back to the community.” 

“It is our hope,” she added, “that as we give, someone will be inspired and reciprocate. Love is not love until you give it away. As a family, we have a lot to be thankful for and share our joy.”

Earlier during the pandemic, Charity’s mother was hospitalized in intensive care with COVID-19. During that time, she asked the Mutoko Mudzi District (a local cluster of United Methodist Churches) to join her in praying for her mother’s healing. 

“God was faithful,” Charity Mukandi said. “He answered our prayers, and she is alive. I have every reason to thank him and celebrate our joy with others.”

Additionally, she noted that the family’s company, Bokwest Investments, did not have any of its 85 employees to succumb to COVID-19 virus.

“For this reason and more,” Charity Mukandi said, “we agreed to give 70% of our profit to charity. We have completed the Bwanya sanctuary, the parsonage is under construction and we have started another sanctuary in Chitungwiza Marondera District.

Some of the company’s employees even accompanied the family during the distributions.

“You give, not because you have, but because you have a willing heart,” said Elison Mukandi, Charity’s husband. “Giving is inborn for me, and luckily, I married a giving wife. Both of us came from a humble background. 

“We are what we are today because of other people and hope to continue to contribute to others. Putting a smile on someone’s face brings joy to me.”

The pastor of Mutoko East 2 United Methodist Church, Rev. Agasha Siyakurima expressed deep gratitude to the Mukandi fellow for blessing the congregation. He said, “Here, in rural areas people can lack even salt. Such a program restores the faith of members in prayer.

“Giving is a sermon on its own and can be a vehicle to win souls to Christ because here all were given indiscriminately. The first thing was to remove barriers, and everyone was given new clothes.”

Through giving, like the Mukandi family, Siyakurima commented, people can share the gospel in a tangible and powerful way. “Many were suffering quietly without being able to seek counseling,” he said. “The coming together of different local churches created a platform to socialize and unite as one family. This strengthened the circuit.”

Source: United Methodist News