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Chiredzi pastor performs wonders

CHIREDZI — A Chiredzi pastor, who claims to have been anointed by popular Nigerian pastor TB Joshua, is making waves in the south-eastern Lowveld town where he is said to be performing breathtaking “miracles”.


The previously sleepy town is now a hive of activity with hundreds of people from all over the country flocking here to get “spiritual healing and deliverance” from pastor John Chibwe of the It Is Well Ministries.

The soft-spoken pastor uses his house along Marula Drive for healing and spiritual nurturing.

When The Standard visited the pastor’s residence recently, scores of people were seated in the garden yard, waiting for him to arrive for an afternoon “devotion”, which is part of his daily routine.

Most of the people said they had travelled from distant places after learning that Chibwe was performing healing wonders.

People from Chiredzi and other areas such as Gutu, Zaka, Chikombedzi, Masvingo, Beitbridge and Zvishavane come in droves every day to see the pastor.
Others travel all the way from Harare.

Mary Nyathi from Chikombedzi, several kilometres from the Lowveld town, said she had come to thank Chibwe for healing her 12-year-old daughter, who was paralysed.

The mother claimed the girl, who was wheelchair bound since birth, started walking last month after Chibwe prayed for her. Her daughter could now play with other “spiritual patients” in the pastor’s garden.

Chibwe, who is employed at Hippo Valley Estates as finance director, comes home for a lunch time service, much to the delight of several people who would throng his homestead everyday.

To balance his professional job and his spiritual calling, Chibwe said he conducted healing sessions during lunch time and after working hours every day.
At times, he works odd hours to help people in fulfilment of his call.

“You cannot tire when you are called by God to do his work,” said Chibwe. “A lot of people come here with different spiritual problems. I make it a point that I attend to all of them.”

The pastor said some people come to him in critical conditions, but “the power of Heaven has not let me down since I began my ministry.”

“God has never let me down. Even when seriously ill people come here, I always pray and trust that God will heal them,” Chibwe said.

“Let me be clear here, that it is not me who heals these people. It is God who uses me as his tool to heal such people.”

Chibwe said while some people went to him thinking that he could give them money, he only prayed so that God could open windows for them.

“They go without receiving a single cent from me, but they later come back thanking the Lord that they are now financially stable,” he said.

“I give some money from my own pocket as directed by the Holy Spirit. Others I give food, clothing and blankets. But of interest is that all of them confirm the working hand of the Lord.”

Chibwe, who claimed to have received the call to heal people three years ago, said his calling was mainly to help the less privileged and elderly people, in line with Jesus’ ministry while on earth.

Asked how he started, Chibwe told The Standard that he was inspired by TB Joshua after “receiving a calling to serve the people”.

He went to Nigeria to receive the anointing and TB Joshua is now his Godfather, claimed Chibwe.

He started as an evangelist preaching in different churches in Hippo Valley. In 2012, Chibwe started his own church: It Is Well Ministries, which has assemblies in Chiredzi and in Mt Pleasant, Harare.

His ministry is now called Divine Yard.

Chiredzi now resembles a place of religious pilgrimage due to Chibwe’s popularity. Lodges and other accommodation facilities are always full with people seeking Chibwe’s services.

Waiting rooms at the new bus terminus in Chiredzi have become a permanent shelter for many people who would have come to seek assistance from the man of cloth.

Some sleep in the open close to the bus terminus waiting for a chance to see Chibwe the following day while others have since constructed make-shift shelters behind the bus terminus where close to 20 families are staying.

Mothers can be seen holding newly born babies, a sign that they gave birth at the terminus.

Some of those that have erected structures at the terminus have no bus fare to travel back to their respective homes.

Jameson Tokwe (74) of Neshuro in Masvingo gets food and clothing from Chibwe every month.

“We are receiving maize-meal and other groceries from the pastor,” said Tokwe. “We cannot afford bus fare back to our homes hence we have decided to stay here.”

But Chibwe said he was not aware that there were people sleeping in the open.

It could not be independently verified if Chibwe was anointed by TB Joshua as he claimed.


Pastor John Chibwe, unlike many other church leaders, does not accept gifts of any kind from people he would have helped spiritually. Instead, he often provides food, clothing and money to some of those he would have “healed.”

Chibwe was however quick to point out that he does not give such material benefits to everyone but only to those who would have been “identified by the holy spirit” that they needed assistance.

He said in some instances, the Holy Spirit directed him to assist the elderly with food and clothing or paying fees for underprivileged schoolchildren.

26 Responses to Chiredzi pastor performs wonders

  1. Wezhira January 19, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    A nearly good report only that its so full of inaccuracies.To start with John Chibwe was not anointed by TB Joshua and has never claimed to have been.This report is the reporter’s opinion and not facts.

  2. tiktak January 19, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    how can you wezhira say that because the reporter interviewed this Chibwe guy.

    • Lee January 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

      he was never interviewed and he doesn’t speak such nonsense to anyone. He was appointed by God not by man and what ever he does is a signature of God which can only be found on all true appointed people of God

    • Wezhira January 22, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

      TIktak my brother/sister I know a lot about Chibwe, by the way he is not a pastor, than what is written here. No interview was ever given to any reporter. Do you know that the inset photo is not that of Chibwe if you know him

  3. Kiro January 19, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    So u saying this Chibwe guys church do not need tithes and offerings, he uses his own salary from hippo Valley????????? He must be earning a lot fosho.

  4. Kiro January 19, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    So u saying this Chibwe guy’s church do not need tithes and offerings, he uses his own salary from hippo Valley????????? He must be earning a lot fosho. Why not give them bus fare to go back to their homes than encoraging destitution and a break up of family units…Am not critisizing the man of god but just givin advice. God bless our prophets and pastors and apostles in the name of Jesus christ…..Amen

    • chakuta January 20, 2014 at 9:08 am #

      thanks Kiro for the observation but let me point out that its now our duty to help those destitutes go back to their homes by providing transport.

  5. Mrs l January 19, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    Man of God we thank God for the good work of our Lord Jesus you are doing. May The Lord bless you and your family

  6. Nguvayatenzi January 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    God is perfoming wonders thru Chibwe. Endai mundozvionere musaita zvekuverenga mumapepa ini ndakazvionera paminho sefodya. mapofu arikuona, zvirema zviri kufamba, lots of testimonies. Mwari vakanaka veduwe.

  7. Peter January 20, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Africans and religion. *SMH*

  8. cosmas January 22, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    people shld no that tithes are paid by church members at that church where they i’m sure members of his church pay tithes and offerings. the gifts being referred to here are from those who come for healings who want to appreciate the pastor with their gifts and i think he is very correct to refuse those gifts otherwise it will look like people are paying for being healed.

  9. Demus Jones January 22, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    Keep up The Good Work Elder Chibwe,May the Good Lord Bless You…

  10. Simbarashe January 24, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    I know Pastor Chibwe, he is a humble man who started in the ministry of helping the poor, he went to Nigeria and get’s support from TB Joshua to help the less provileged. But this is how he started: His Spiritual Father is Pastor Mvenge of Chriasian Healing Ministry for all nations formerly based in Gweru but now based in Harare and holding services in Vinona High School Grounds, in Gweru thats where Pastor Chibwe was annointed at Chaplain High School Hall in 2007. Ask for an interview tikupei information not guess work.

  11. Givy January 24, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    l agree with simbarashe. l also know john chibwe s spiritual father pastor anselm mvenge, not tb joshua as the reporter is claiming. kol me and wil show you the dvd john chibwe being annointed in gweru to start his ministry in chiredzi and the launch of his ministry in chiredzi by pastor anselm mvenge in 2010.

  12. Comfort January 24, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    I knew Mr Chibwe as a finance director in Hippo Valley. Sometime in 2010 there was a launch of his ministry in Chishamiso hall where he introduced pastor Mvenge from Gweru, his spiritual father. That he started after inspiration from TB Joshua is news to me. I then saw him on emmanuel tv where tb joshua gave him $20,000 to give to the poor.

  13. talitacharlie January 24, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    Out of the ten lepers,only one came back to thank HIm.we should not despise humble beginnings and the channel God used to bless us.rmbr the story of talents if your not faithful with the little you where given,the little will be taken away.It’ll all started in a manager just like our Savior was born in a manager.

  14. kasungeni January 25, 2014 at 5:42 am #


  15. ton January 26, 2014 at 6:18 am #

    i have been to his service,this guy is so humble and is always saying he is not in any way part of the SCOAN nor is he a profet ,apostle or pastor he says i prefer to be called John….and what he does best is the works of god

  16. bhoramusango January 26, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    wat is disturbing is all these prophets and pastors have wat they call spiritual fathers. As long as there a spiritual father there is doubt that the holy spirit is of God.

  17. Chipo January 26, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Tipeiwo number dzavo isu Tiri kure

  18. samaz January 26, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    ko kwa tb joshua ainotvagei kana akaanointiwa muno aida kunodzidziswa chii thats why pple tend to that he was anoited by tb

  19. ME January 29, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    Are you sure he was anointed by Pastor Mvenge….?Be careful what you say….GOD anoints his OWN and He said TOUCH NOT MY ANOINTED.

  20. ME January 29, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    Kana tisingazivi ngatinyarare ..kana kubvunza IVO ishe If we ask God he will reveal it to us. Zvinhu zvamwari zvino ngoonekwa zvega ZvaMwari zviripachena .

  21. ME January 29, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    Pastor Mvenge did you anoint Mr Chibwe??

  22. mr cool January 31, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    can u please help me with da directions i realy need help

  23. Givy February 2, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    Mr Me send me ur email and will attach for u a clip

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