Approximately two thousand people from all over the world, gathered at the Chinhoyi Prayer Mountain from the 27th to the 30th of September for the 3rd edition of the Victorious Ladies Conference. The conference was hosted by the Ladies Department of the United Family International Church (UFIC).
News of the miracles at Chinhoyi has spread and this year the crowd comprised people from every walk of life and profession; academics, politicians, teachers, engineers, doctors, journalists, photographers and so on. The conference venue can be described as a sanctified and holy gathering place. A mere thought from the mind is met with a response. A prayer is instantly answered. Cries and celebrations of gratitude are a daily account. Miracle accounts from last year’s conference were shared. Several once barren women came to show and share their babies. Women giving accounts of their testimonies appreciated the role Prophetess Ruth Makandiwa has taken to intercede for the barren, unmarried, and the sick.
The Tenacity Post closely followed the proceedings of the conference. The scripture theme was from Proverbs 28 vs 1, “The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”
Lined up speakers were Pastor Clara Kumwenda, Pastor Nyaradzo Zuva, Pastor Savanhu, Pastor Tembo and Pastor Tendai Makandiwa-Kahonde.
Speakers stirred up the conference delegates into anticipation with Pastor Clara defining bold, to mean willingness to take risk with confidence. Pastor Savanhu further explained it to mean having courage to speak while Pastor Tendai came in with another dimension, saying it is a command. She gave an illustration of Jesus telling the disciples not to go anywhere without the Holy Spirit. In reference to this command, she reiterated how Prophetess Ruth Makandiwa on countless occasions gives instructions. As such, she hinted that the theme was an instruction, a command that, “be bold and forever victorious”.
To officiate the conference was Dr Prophetess Ruth Makandiwa who has become a fierce advocate for women’s character nurturing be it self confidence, deportment and fulfillment over the years.
From the scripture reference, speakers at the conference closely followed accounts that build a bold personality.
Pastor Nyaradzo Zuva explained her experiences with the Prophets, Emmanuel Makandiwa and Ruth Makandiwa. She re-evangalised to the born-again Christians and taught on the importance of the prophetic ministry in boosting the morale, boldness and confidence of believers in Christ. She spoke of an experience she had with Prophet Emanuel Makandiwa, during a Pastors seminar saying the meeting turned Prophetic because of the power of personal offering.
She spoke of a personal encounter; she had been suffering from pain on her hand for a while that she could no longer actively cook for her family. She attended Prophet Emanuel Makandiwa convention dubbed The Greater Life revival, expecting to be picked from the crowd for healing; unfortunately it did not go as she wished. She distressed herself and her husband with worry lamenting that she had missed an opportunity. However when she finally decided to sleep she had a divine visitation from the Prophets Emmanuel and Ruth. The Prophet asked her in the dream to say exactly what she wanted; thus she elaborated her agony to him. According to her she awoke on the floor tossing and turning. To her amazement the pain in the hand had gone. Her reason of sharing the miracles performed by Prophet Emanuel Makandiwa was to make known that Jesus still performs miracles and the Prophetic is for real.
Her testimonies created awareness among the delegates that every prayer petition brought to the Prophets never go unanswered.
Soon after Pastor Nyaradzo’s teaching, Dr. Prophetess Ruth Makandiwa came to the podium to acknowledge the gifts God is still pouring unto believers through Jesus Christ by the hand of her husband Prophet E. Makandiwa. The delegates applauded in confirmation to her words. Her speech heightened the expectations of the delegates who called out for her to continue talking.
On the third day Prophetess Ruth Makandiwa elaborated on what the previous speakers had taught. She started with a question, “really can the wicked just flee?” She stated that, “to be forever bold, the first thing that comes is boldness, then to be forever victorious denotes being triumphant over every battle, in the knowledge that we will have battles for life”. She inquired of the delegates if there can be awards where there aren’t competitions. She referred to a scripture story in Exodus 2: 1-10. In the story, the first chapter talks of the death of Joseph after his kin had relocated to Egypt. His brothers had died too, showing the first generation had died. Despite their death, Israel’s descendants lived on. The word of God reveals the children of Israel were fruitful and multiplying.
A new Pharaoh arose, who knew not Joseph neither the history of the Israelites. Seeing their great numbers, the Pharaoh became fearful and terrified. He finally thought of ways to deal wisely with the Israelites according to his understanding. His fear lay from the assumption that if a war would break, the Israelites might form an alliance with Egypt’s enemy and destroy them.
The prophetess said, “I asked myself as I read through the scripture that who they would want to fight”. Because of the Egyptians heartlessness it caused them to flee without being pursued. The wisdom of their understanding brought a suggestion of increasing the work load. In this they planned to agonise the Israelites as they were made to build cities. Pharaoh’s objective was to tire the men and cause them not to reproduce. According to Prophet Emanuel Makandiwa, despite the increased workload, the Israelites were energized and they would go home after work and reproduce leading to the nation multiplying.
The Prophetess recapped to the conference delegates that when one’s contenders think they are punishing you, contenders are there to strengthen us.
After the hard labor affliction, Pharaoh turned to the midwives of the Hebrew, and asked them to kill the baby boys of Israelite descent. However, the women were God fearing and did not concede. They were quizzed and they stood before the king to defend God. They lied before Pharaoh saying Hebrew women deliver themselves as they were stronger than the Egyptian women.
At this point, Prophetess Ruth Makandiwa then gave a cry to the delegate that today’s world is looking for strong woman, who are not intimidated by money, who can stand firm for God.
She passionately stated that gone are the days when the devil would do as he pleased with women. She exclaimed that women can now stand as victorious ladies. She revealed the misery the devil had planned upon the Israelite women. The Israelites women needing marriage were left without options of selection, because all good men, God fearing, believers were killed. They were left with Egyptians who were cruel, whose intentions where to have the Israelite women to bear and multiply the cruel Egyptian breed.
She went on to reveal the plans of the devil that one fails to get a husband, because the devil causes men to leave the church. She made it known that it is some system where unproductive men who do not have reverence and love for God remain, thus in the church there is a shortage. She referred to the worldly kingdom as well that there are plenty of women. She exposed the devils plans to remove the good men, and made sure that they can’t be found easily.
In 1st Peter, women are referred to as weaker vessels. Prophetess Ruth Makandiwa declared that after the conference, delegates would return as changed women. She reiterated we have Jesus in us and Jesus is referred to as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. When it gives birth, it does not bear an antelope but a lion.
When pharaoh realized that killing was not working he ordered for all children to be thrown in the river. Prophetess Ruth explained her favourite part of the story saying; “when one woman realized she was pregnant and upon delivery saw it was a son, and saw the Godly attributes in her son. As a bold woman, though there was a law against rearing the boy child, she secretly decided to keep him; she did not talk to people about her issue. She took care of her son and hid him”. The time came when she could no longer hide him. She wove a basket and placed him in the same river where the boy children were being drowned. Prophetess Ruth commended that, it only takes a bold woman to take up such a strategy.
Though the baby was in the river, he was protected by the manner she had weaved the basket. The story goes on to say on a certain day, Pharaohs’ daughter was at that river. She reinstated that if there is a day for a miracle, God creates it. In the Bible, we do not come across reference of Pharaohs’ daughter bathing in that river but on that day, she did. It didn’t require the prophetic for her to know that this was a Hebrew child; she knew that it was a Hebrew child, yet she adopted him and took him to the palace.
Prophetess said, ‘If God wants to use you, he uses you. God chooses anyone whom he pleases”. A woman full of boldness, knowing that she is in a foreign land acts boldly. Baby Moses was discovered by Pharaohs’ daughter. Miriam was near and ran to assist and give advice. Prophetess Ruth explained hidden merits that come with boldness to include remuneration. All in all, she said it happened in this way because Moses’ mother was bold.
The Bold and forever victorious conference was about learning through scriptural experiences, testimonies and miracles, learning about oneself, to develop confidence and to inspire perseverance.