Just like the Biblical story of Hannah and her son Samuel, a Zimbabwean woman, Convictions Mapfumo who suffered a number of miscarriages early in her marriage has shocked the Christian world by offering her daughter as tithe to her church leader.
Mapfumo from Sally Mugabe Heights has given her second child, who is now in Grade Three, to Holy Baptist Apostolic Church founder Bishop Susan Ziki Dube, who has assumed the role of the mother while the daughter assists in the church.
Convictions Mapfumo said after going through the painful experience of miscarrying four pregnancies that almost destroyed her marriage, the leader of Holy Baptist Apostolic Church prayed for her, and she has now conceived three girls born in 2005, 2009 and 2011. Mapfumo who is the secretary at the church said;
“After my struggle to conceive, I decided to give this child to God as a tithe to thank Him for answering my prayers. I was prayed for by the leader of the church. I have also given myself to working in this church because there is nothing more I can give to God for what He has done for me.
“I was prompted to give this child because even in conceiving I did not know I was pregnant. In addition during the period of the pregnancy people would come to Mrs Ziki and give her preparation for the child. By the time the child was born she had more than she needed in terms of preparatory items. So I felt convicted in my heart to give her away to the work of God.”
The child has now assumed Bishop Ziki Dube’s surname and addresses her as mother, while Mapfumo has assumed the role of aunt. Mapfumo said;
“She no longer calls me mother, but auntie. The church leader, who also happens to be my niece, is now her mother. This was agreed upon with the consent of my husband.
“All the responsibilities that concern her have been assumed by Bishop Ziki Dube. Even when she gets married, Bishop Ziki Dube is entitled to get part of the lobola entitled for the mother of the child, and I have no problems with it.”
Mapfumo said she registered her church leader as the mother of the child on the birth certificate. According to her, they did not encounter problems and her husband had also waited to be guarantor so that the process would go on well. And it did, which now makes the church leader the legal mother.
Admitting that she desires to have a son, Mapfumo said she has given herself to the church. Even when the child used to call her ‘mother,’ she would not answer until the point where she is now got used to calling the church leader ‘mother’.
She adds that she sees it as a tithe when counting the children she has miscarried and those she now has; hence it’s a befitting gift to God.
Because she has been prayed for and now pregnant, Mapfumo who has been asking God for a baby boy believes she will have a son.
Bishop Ziki Dube is well-known in the area as offering powerful prayers for people with varying needs and ailments.
Mapfumo is obviously walking in faith just like the Biblical Hannah who in 1 Samuel 1, promised to give her child to the work of God if God fulfilled her desire to conceive. She later conceived more children.