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Tapiwa’s Story

Coming from a strong Christian background, I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour and got baptised at the age of 11. God used the means of the environment, my mum, a film and the Bible to turn myself to him and I am grateful for the work he has done in my life.

I was born of Christian parents and lived at a mission area that is Sanyati Baptist Mission in Zimbabwe. At this mission was a Baptist primary school, Baptist secondary school, Baptist hospital and a Baptist church. I started attending Sunday school and being involved in Baptist Christian activity groups and memorising verses at a very young age. The common routine would be coming out of a Christian home to go and attend a Christian school, receiving nursing care at a Christian hospital and on Sunday attend the Baptist church. This environment nurtured my Christian faith beginning from a very young age. Most of the stories we were told as young children were about Jesus’ love towards us. From the teachings, I believed and acknowledged that Jesus was in heaven and that he loved us and also that one day we will be with him.

Most of the stories we were told as young children were about Jesus’ love towards us. From the teachings, I believed and acknowledged that Jesus was in heaven and that he loved us.

I also remember a film about hell that was shown to the community by the Baptist missionaries. For me that was an instrument that God used to completely turn myself to him. The film showed how terrible hell is with eternal suffering. That was very frightening to me. On that day I decided that I did not want to go to hell. My uncle who is a pastor would always remind the family that hell is real and plead with us to pray and not to be led astray. I did not want to go to hell and I still do not want to go to hell so I keep holding on to Jesus.

At 10 years old I moved with my parents to Baptist theological seminary. This is about 225 km (140 miles) from Sanyati. My dad had been asked to be the headteacher of the Baptist Primary School in that area. I thank God for His protection that this was not a different environment from the one we were transferring from. In this area, in addition to the Baptist primary school and the Baptist Theological Seminary would be the Baptist Conference Centre where many Baptist conferences were held. I continued to be involved in Christian activities. My mother would constantly talk to me about Jesus and how I needed to consider and accept Him wholeheartedly, as my Lord and personal Saviour.

Among many other Bible verses, the following encouraged me to seek and accept salvation through Jesus Christ:

…because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Romans 10: 9-10 (english Standard Version)

…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 3: 23 (ESV)

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

Luke 13: 3 (Esv)

…but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 10: 33 (ESV)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3: 16

I accepted Jesus Christ wholeheartedly and confessed Him as my Lord and personal Saviour before the congregation and I was baptised at Seminary Baptist Church. I continued to walk with Jesus and my faith grew more and more. I thank the Lord for saving me.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3: 12-14

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