Councillor Ernest Rafamoyo has said it is important for the City of Bulawayo to give thanks to God for the rains that have been received hence the holding of a thanksgiving service.
Speaking at the thanksgiving interdenominational service held at Large City Hall on Thursday, 16 March 2017 representing the Mayor, Cllr Rafamoyo encouraged residents to continue conserving the water available in the City’s supply dams in order to ensure that the City gets to 2020 without going through water challenges.
“With the current dam levels and consumption patterns, we expect that the depletion period of the dams be 45 months and as such, provide water for the City till December 2020. We want to give thanks to God for the rains experienced in the past months,” said Cllr Rafamoyo.
Ministers of various denominations applauded the City Council and residents for holding and attending the thanksgiving service. Giving the devotional service, Dr Trust Sinjoki said that it was important for the people of Bulawayo to give thanks to God for the rains that had been received and for the dams that had filled up.
Quoting Luke 17, verse 19 Dr Sinjoki described Bulawayo as that one leper that went back to thank Jesus after he had been healed.“We want to go back to God and say thank you because His mercy endures forever. We should not forget to always show gratitude for the Lord’s blessings like that one leper,” he said.
Pastor Moss Tshuma of Word of Life Church pointed out on the importance of giving thanks. He highlighted that it had been long time since Bulawayo dams filled up hence the importance of appreciating the rains that had been received.
He also mentioned that the rains signified new life and renewal as well as a good harvest.“This could usher in a turning point in the life of the City and we should make certain to take the correct turn. After a long time Bulawayo dams are 100% full and for that we need to be thankful,” said Tshuma.
The Master of Ceremony, Pastor Elliot Mandaza said while Bulawayo was happy for the rains that had been received and there was need to pray for those who have been displaced by floods in Tsholotsho and other areas. He also encouraged members of the public to remember the family that lost 14 members to a road accident near the National University of Science and Technology.
The Acting Town Clerk, Mr M W Moyo said the City of Bulawayo will come up with a programme to collect donations for the families affected by floods in Tsholotsho and communicate to the members of the public.
He also thanked the residents who attended the Thanksgiving Service and encouraged them to continue praying for the City and its leaders.
“I would like to thank you for the support that you have been giving us as leaders. We appreciate the prayers conducted for the City and we urge you to continue praying for the City not only in events like these but all the time,” he said.