JESUS for Africa Evangelistic Ministries (JFAEM) founder Evangelist Paul Saungweme is one of the many enduring names that feature on a list if any is available of dedicated evangelists in Zimbabwe. His life story told through a biography written by Namibian-based author, Samuel Mayinoti tells of this personality.
Mayinoti uses a simple and easy to follow writing style to narrate the life of Saungweme who from humble beginnings as a young boy was rejected by his own father and raised by his grandmother in the rural area of Mbeza, Mutare.
He was named Zuvarimwe (literally translated One Day) because of his fragile health and state of infirmity. His family never imagined that he would live long enough to stand before multitudes of people and preach the wonderful Word of Jesus.
Saungweme had to fend for himself and his siblings from a young age with the light in the dark moments of his life coming when he gave his life to Jesus at a mass crusade in Mutare at 18, the same day he decided to cross the border into neighbouring Mozambique and commit suicide.
Mayinoti, through excerpts from interviews with the evangelist and those close to him in his life journey, brings an understanding of how Saungweme developed in his Christian walk.
The story brings out a life of faith for a boy who was considered not dazzling in school having barely gone through primary education but working against odds to become a holder of a Psychology degree, Masters in Leadership and Change Management as well as having a Doctorate in Christian Ministry, through sheer determination.
What is striking about this account is how Saungweme considers his vision and mission as one to go around the world preaching the gospel and how he has realised this at a very young age.
The book brings out this father-son relationship and how that has endured over the years.
Meanwhile, in the background are the accounts of his relationship with his wife and children, the struggles they overcame, giving a human touch to a story of a man considered to be a larger-than-life character in Christian circles.
Another interesting point to note is how this evangelist has not received a salary throughout the past 40 years. The book interestingly reveals how the evangelist still fended for his family while also holding mass crusades around the world consistently.
The book proffers a perfect transcript of lessons for true leadership in a world filled with materialism.
Among other books Samuel Mayinoti has written is also The Untold Life and Ministry Story of Apostle Kapandura.
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