The threat of COVID-19 has changed how the country operates, including the many religious denominations and how they had to handle worship during the Holy Week and on Easter Sunday.
This is the first Easter in recent memory when Christians in Zimbabwe and across the globe will be unable to join with their fellow believers to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
One biblical text gaining new meaning in this time is Matthew 18:20, which reads, “for where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
In spite of the dire reality of the current situation, Apostle Godfrey Kudita took a unique gesture, when he led millions of Christians across Zimbabwe in partaking the holy communion, during a live radio broadcast on ZBC’s Power FM and Classic 263.
This came at a time when many churches across the country have suspended services after the Government declared a 21-day national lockdown.
The deafening silence of churches today willed dumb by the muzzle of the COVID-19 pandemic, has seen a number of churches flexing digital muscles in spreading the Gospel of Christ.
Many local churches have opted to innovative online channels and resources with social media connectivity that enables them to bring worship, prayer, messages, and even music into the homes of their parishioners.
Speaking to ZimGazette after the live radio broadcast Apostle Kudita said he is convinced that things will be better. “I am convinced that we will overcome this pandemic as we have overcome so many other challenges in life. The reason that I believe this is because Jesus has risen”.
Despite his admission that social distancing has robbed the church of many things, Apostle Kudita admitted that it seems to be becoming the new norm somewhat, which also has its benefits.
Last week Pope Francis delivered his message inside an empty St. Peter’s Basilica, broadcasting it over the internet to churches around the world.
Ray McCauley, a senior South African pastor of Rhema Bible Church North, in Randburg, said the lockdown had forced the church to find creative ways of reaching its members and the wider community.