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Ziva Mwari: Church Of Beer Drinkers Opened In Zimbabwe

Ziva Mwari: Church Of Beer Drinkers Opened In Zimbabwe

A church that allows beer drinking has been opened in Zimbabwe with members saying they felt they were outcasts in other churches due to their love for beer. reports that the Ziva Mwari Church which is located at Trojan Mine, Bindura, about 86km from Harare was formed just under a month ago and has about 140 congregants.

It has already hand branches in Shurugwi and Gutu districts.

Congregants are allowed to behave anyhow every other time except for the one hour (9-10 am) of every Sunday dedicated to the service of the Lord. was told that congregants can drink, smoke and do anything else they want as long as they remember the one-hour Sunday worship time.

As if to cap it all, their place of worship is a disused bar with an equally funny name: Six million.

The church’s founder is Richard Twabi, a diesel fitter/engine technician at Trojan Mine. He used to be a Muslim.

They say an unidentified person reported them to the company authorities that they were up to some political games, resulting in them being locked out of the beer hall-turned church two Sundays ago.

They then approached the local police post; pleading to be given permission to worship under the tree.

The church has become popular in Bindura and Mashonaland Central, with some congregants saying they travelled 20km for the service.

Twabi that they conduct their services like any other church as they start with the praise and worship session and then pray before hearing the word of God. He added:

We said since we do not a proper pastor among us, we better invited preachers from other churches and we have hosted a number of them here, including Methodist, Seventh Day Adventists, CCAP and AFM.

We have an open-door policy, we want to learn from other churches, that is why we invite them to our church.

Twabi said there are other people who have shown interest in Shurugwi and have had calls from around the country. was told that the Ziva Mwari congregants do not take alcohol at their church.

Soon after the service, they disperse and normally get to the nearby compound bar where they enjoy the drink as a group.

Twabi said as a church they are trying to mould their congregants into reputable characters.

For instance, if a member is a female who is in the habit of snatching other women’s husbands, they preach against that. They also preach against gender domestic violence.

Twabi has plans to take his church countrywide and also has plans to open another branch in Harare soon.

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