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By Tinashe Ranganai Dzotizei (HED Communicator)

Reverend Oscar Mukahanana was commissioned as the seventh Harare East District (HED) Superintendent at a ceremony held at Chisipite United Methodist Church, Harare on Sunday February 11, 2018.

The clergy and laity from the length and breadth of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church witnessed the ceremony. Bishop Eben Kanukayi Nhiwatiwa presided over the commissioning of the former Zimre Park Circuit Pastor In Charge and HED Connectional Ministries Director amidst rainy conditions in the capital.

Following the commissioning, DS Rev Mukahanana delivered his debut sermon preaching the gospel of love to the district as the definitive symbol of true Christianity.

Symbolically in his opening remarks, he paid tribute to his predecessor Reverend Joseph Bonga whom he closely worked with during the latter’s three years in charge of the district.

After the sermon, the new member of the Cabinet oversaw the Holy Communion service ably assisted by his newest Cabinet colleagues, amongst them fellow new member Rev Pauline Nyamudzura of Marange District.

Engineer Ben Rafemoyo was the Guest of Honour at the event, urging the new DS to seek wisdom and have a vision as he discharges his new role.

Circuits he led and districts from both Zimbabwe East (ZEAC) and West (ZWAC) Annual Conferences all graced the occasion with the host district later hosting a welcome reception in his honour after the commissioning service.

Mrs. Irene Maunganidze was the Guest of Honour at the reception.

The Cranborne Young Couples Choir again proved why they are the choir for the big occasions with a classy performance which captured the imagination of those present.

The choir again wowed the audience at the commissioning of Rev Bonga and never disappointed at the second time of asking.

Rev Oscar Mukahanana was born on 21 December 1976 in Mutasa District, attaining his primary and secondary education at Mount Jenya schools.

At both primary and secondary schools, he rose through the ranks to become school captain, at the same time being active in the church which saw him being elected the United Methodist Youth Fellowship President for Mundenda Circuit between 1991 and 1993.

His call to ministry came in 1988 and was nurtured until 1997 before being first appointed to Mutasa Circuit at Assistant Pastor.

He served as Pastor in Charge at Mutasa West (1998-2000), Nyanga North (2001), St Mark Chipinge (2005-2008), Station Chairperson at Mutambara Mission Centre (2009-2011) and Zimre Park (2012-2017).

Before being ordained as an elder in 2007, he graduated with a Diploma in Theology and a Diploma in Religious Studies at the United Theological College and the University of Zimbabwe respectively.

He has served twice as Connectional Ministries Director for Chimanimani Chipinge District (2007 – 2009) and Harare East District (2014-2017).

He is happily married to Emmah Mukahanana (nee Mwadiwa) and is blessed with two children, a daughter Lorraine Wadzanai and son Emmanuel Tendekayi.

Rev Mukahanana joins an illustrious cast of men and women that includes Reverends Gladman Kapfumvuti, Fanuel Kadenge, Christopher Chikoore, Annie Grace Chingonzo, Tsitsi Madziyire and Joseph Bonga who have served as Harare East District Superintendents over the last 30 years.

He takes his place in a Cabinet comprising of Reverends Portia Kanoyangwa (Chitungwiza Marondera), Stephen Jeyacheya (Chimanimani-Chipinge), Diana Matikiti (Makoni Buhera), Pauline Nyamudzura (Marange), Daniel Chitsiku (Mutare), Matthew Mutidzawanda (Mutasa Nyanga), Farirayi Nyabote (Bulawayo Midlands), Josephine Bopani (Harare Central), Phillip Musharu (Harare West), Jairous Mafondokoto (Masvingo), Henry Chareka (Murewa UMP) and Elias Mutasa (Mutoko Mudzi) together with the Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa, his Administrative Assistant Rev Allan Gurupira and his two deputies Rev Vienna Mutezo (ZWAC) and Rev Duncan Charwadza (ZEAC).









2018 ZEAC and ZWAC Appointments

The Resident Bishop of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area Bishop Eben Kanukayi Nhiwatiwa successfully presided over the historic two-day annual conferences in the Zimbabwe East (ZEAC) and Zimbabwe West (ZWAC) at Old Mutare and Murewa Missions respectively. Attached is the full slate of appointments.

Bishop Eben K Nhiwatiwa announcing appointments

Bishop Eben K Nhiwatiwa announcing appointments



Christmas greetings from Bishop Bruce Ough and the Council of Bishops


In a Christmas message to the people of The United Methodist Church on behalf of the Council of Bishops, Council president Bishop Bruce Ough encourages us to enkindle our longing for the birth of Christ in our lives.

Bishop Ough’s message follows:

Longing for the Savior
Bernard of Clairvaux, the great twelfth century abbot, once wrote about Christmas in his Sermons on the Song of Songs:

During my frequent ponderings on the burning desire with which the patriarchs longed for the incarnation of Christ, I am stung with sorrow and shame… Very soon now there will be great rejoicing as we celebrate the feast of Christ’s birth. BUT HOW I WISH IT WERE INSPIRED BY HIS BIRTH! All the more, therefore, do I pray that the intense longing of those men and women of old, their heartfelt longing, may be enkindled in me.

Confronted with an increasingly secular and commercial celebration – a Christ-less Christmas, if you will – it would be easy to sigh along with Bernard of Clairvaux: “But how I wish it were inspired by his birth.” We have even turned this sigh into a common seasonal lament, and at times seasonal protest: Put Christ back into Christmas!

But, the key to putting Christ back into Christmas is to enkindle or re-ignite or fan our heartfelt longing for Jesus, our hunger for the Christ to be born within us. This hunger is God’s gift to every human being. This longing paves the way for the second part of the incarnation mystery – Christ alive in our souls, our hearts, our inner beings.

The gift of Christmas can only be fully realized and joyfully received if we seek it.

Simeon pleaded to stay alive long enough to see the Messiah.
Mary opened herself completely to conceive Jesus.
The shepherd said, “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.”
The Magi followed a star in search of the new king.
They each wanted the Savior. They each wanted to see and welcome Jesus. They each had a heartfelt longing for Christ in their lives and in the world.

Max Lucado, in his wonderful little book, “One Incredible Moment,” urges us to “Step away from puny pursuits of possessions and positions, and seek your king. Don’t be satisfied with angels. Don’t be content with stars in the sky. Seek Jesus out as the shepherds did. Long for Jesus as Simeon did. Worship Jesus as the Wise Men did. Risk whatever it takes to see Christ.” (page 102).

Every vital, healthy, fruitful congregation I have been privileged to witness, displays an intense longing for the incarnation of Christ. They enkindle this Christmas longing within their members and communities. It is this spirit of longing for and seeking Christ that undergirds our mission of making and equipping disciples of Jesus. It is this spirit of longing for and seeking Jesus that calls us to kingdom life – the radical and transformative reality which was inaugurated by Jesus’ birth.

Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that “God cares to respond to those who seek God.” Other translations read, “God rewards those who diligently seek God.”

This is the good news for us this Christmas. Be diligent in your search for Jesus. Be passionate in your quest for Jesus. Be ravenous in your hunger for Jesus. Be relentless in your journey to Bethlehem. Enkindle your longing for the birth of Christ in your life.

And, so I pray for each of us this Christmas:

Gracious and Holy God, the Giver of all good gifts; we seek but one reward – one gift –in this Christmas season.
Grant us hearts that will not rest until we rest in You.
Grant us hearts that long only for You.
Grant us hearts that seek only Your presence.
|Grant us hearts that will settle for nothing less than Jesus.

May God bless you, your loved ones and your congregation with a joyous Christmas and abundant hope for the New Year!

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president
Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church

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