True Gospel with SAVIOUS-PARKER KWINIKA
THE amazing deeds by a visually-impaired man at a recently-concluded cultural festival for minority communities in the southeastern Zimbabwe are not only proof that disability is by no means inability.
It is also testament of the hand of Jehovah God manifesting itself and inspiring His creation to do the unthinkable, incredible, unbelievable, highly unlikely, unheard of and beyond belief.
Justin Chirhilele, a 49-year old blind man, was among the multitudes of exhibitors, participants and attendees at the Great Limpopo Cultural Festival for the minority Shangaan or VaTsonga people.
It was held in Boli-Muhlangulani, southeast of Chiredzi district in the Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe.
Organised by a brethren, friend and colleague of mine, Hebert Hasani Phikela, of the Centre for Cultural Development Initiative (CCDI) and Gaza Trust, this cultural festival brought together all VaTsonga from the host nation and neighbouring countries- Mozambique and South Africa- under one roof.
However, it is Chirhilele who brought the house down as he demystified the myth that disabled, and in this case, blind people, cannot do anything to self-sustain themselves or their families.
Chirhilele is a father of three and married to a lovely, humble, submissive, respectful, well mannered, gracious and deferential wife – Tsatsawani Ndlovu.
I did not attend the Great Limpopo Cultural Festival but our media company (Lowveld Post: www.lowveldpost.co.zw) provided coverage as a media partner.
I was dazed, astonished and dumbfounded to learn of Chirhilele would compete with and outdo able-bodied people at the cultural festival.
The man showcased exceptional and mind-blowing skills in making traditional artifacts out of reeds. These wares are an integral part of the VaTsonga culture.
Chirhilele skillfully turned reeds into various attractive products ranging from traditional hats to winnowing baskets.
The artifacts sold like hotcakes.
He had the doubting Thomases eating out of his hand.
Personally, I would see the hand of Jehovah God manifesting itself through Chirhilele as this blind-man did the unbelievable.
This immediately had me reaching for my bible to 1 Corinthians 1:28-29.
The version of the Berean Study Bible states: “He (Jehovah God) chose the lowly and despised things of the world, and the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast in His presence.”
Another powerful verse supporting this True Gospel is found in the book of Exodus 4:10-12 of the Berean Study Bible reading: “Please, Lord,” Moses replied, “I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since You have spoken to Your servant, for I am slow of speech and tongue.”
And the LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Or who makes the mute or the deaf, the sighted or the blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go! I will help you as you speak, and I will teach you what to say.”
I hereby visualize Jehovah God’s hand using Chirhilele, despite his physical challenges, to skillfully and in dexterity turn those reeds into hats and winnowing baskets much to the astonishment of all delegates drawn from the different countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional bloc.
Now, this had my mind racing as to why able-bodied people become thieves, robbers, shoplifters, crooks or muggers and blame it on joblessness and economic problems.
Some people even resort to prostitution.
Again, I asked myself how a visually handicapped Chirhilele can be able to pay school fees for his three children, takes care of his lovely wife Tsatsawani while living a decent life yet able-bodied people always cry foul?
I thought deeper!
If a blind man would do such amazing things, what then stops able-bodied people to do exceedingly?
As I was analysing the capabilities of Chirhilele, Jehovah God’s voice referred me to the book of Psalm 127:1, which states: “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”
People of Yahweh, this Jehovah God I’m preaching in this True Gospel, if you so wish to walk with him just like Chirhilele did, truly, I say to you, it is in Jehovah’s nature to also transform your life.
Those who believe in this True Gospel, say Amen!
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