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Cyber Daily Devotion
Volume 20 Number 058
Today’s Author: Pastor Bill
Scripture: Jeremiah 3:15
“And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding” NKJV
Hello, my name is Pastor Sikhumbuzo Ndlovu. Everyone calls me Pastor Ndlovu. I grew up in the small village of Sihlengeni, about 12 miles south of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. I was the third of six children. My dad was a chef at the local college. Mom stayed at home and her day job was a Witch Doctor. We never attended church while growing up and mom kept her demon enterprise to herself. She was around most of the time but occasionally left with friends for sacrifices in the rural areas.
I was known for my fighting as a youth and spent most of my time with a gang. I was not much for school and my friends were my life.
When I was 16 years old the gang was invited to a revival in the village. We decided to go and cause trouble. Ten of us arrived at the event prepared to cause havoc and mayhem. But something caught my attention. The speaker was talking about a man named Jesus who said he was God and he loved me. I listened in and heard Jesus died for my sins. Before the evening was over, I heard things I never heard before. The speaker wrapped up his presentation with an altar call. Two of us from the gang went forward. We received Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives. The gang couldn’t watch any longer, so they left.
The next morning the gang laughed at us. Made fun of us and taunted us that in a few days this would fade away and we would be back in the gang. It didn’t happen. For me it was a new start on life.
I put gang life behind me meeting new Christian friends who loved me no matter what I had done. It was done and over. I took on a new self-image in Christ and I was not apologizing for it to anyone. Leaving the gang behind was the easy part. Now I had to face my family.
We had all dabbled in witchcraft over the years and when my dad and mom heard what I had done they rejected me. My dad told me, “If you can’t walk with Satan you must leave.” I left.
I was hungry for more of Jesus and to learn all I could about his love for me. I attended church and the Pastor was helpful to show me the way to Jesus. I studied my Bible at night and witnessed to everyone I could during the day. I made home visits as a Shepherds Heart grew within me.
Then the opportunity to go to Bible school in the country of Swaziland opened for me. I jumped at the chance. I was there for three years. In 1994 I came here to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe a single man to Pastor this church. In 1995 we started building this church and the church grew.
Then we started a prayer group dedicated to finding me a wife. We asked the Lord to send the right one. I had a list for the Lord hat included: Loves the Lord, will be active with me in rural African ministry and together we will work for the Lord, building His church.
We prayed for many months and the Lord brought 12 possibilities. Ultimately it was easy. Tani was my choice and everyone agreed. We were married in 1997. Today we have four children, Girl: Thandinkosi 21, Boy: Sibusisosenkosi 18, Girl: Thandolwenkosi 14 and Girl: Thandoskwesi 3.
When I left my family to follow Jesus my new life had begun. Some years later I’m happy to report that I didn’t stay away long and one by one my family have given their lives to Jesus — and yes, even my mom who was a Witch Doctor.
Living in Zimbabwe we have no safety net. No government to help us. When trouble strikes, we turn to the Lord. Many come for prayer. Like the young lady who had a stroke. She had no money for the hospital. She was impaired on her left side. We prayed and she was restored. Even today all is well.
Then we had a crisis in our high school. There was a gang of kids determined to make life miserable for teachers and students. We prayed about the situation and found that two youth leaders were directing the destruction. They were preparing a special potion and demanding students drink it and pledge allegiance to their cult. We confronted them in love, and they began rolling around on the floor, slithering and hissing. We took authority over the demons and cast them out. The kids confessed and things returned to normal.
Then I had an opportunity to further my Ministerial Career. I entered Zimbabwe Bible College in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. (ccm Cross 0074) There I earned my PHD in Theology which has helped me tremendously as a servant of Jesus Christ.
My favorite Bible verse is John 9:4 “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” NKJV
In ministry I like Preaching the pure word of Jesus Christ best. Bringing people hope, love, joy and peace through the Bible.
The Cross to me is a reminder of what Jesus did in serving you, me and everyone. He gave His life so that we can be set free to live with Him for eternity.
This Cross planted is a message to all who pass by that this is a church. It is a place of Jesus. He loves you and died for you and is waiting for you. Right here!
Prayer: Father thank You for reaching those who detest Jesus Christ opening their eyes to the truth of Your Kingdom and introducing them to a Shepherds Heart. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
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