WPA Welcomes Zimbabwean Visitors


The Western PA Conference welcomed 13 leaders from the Zimbabwe East and Zimbabwe West conferences to Western Pennsylvania on May 29 for a 20-day visit that will include visits to Western PA ministry sites, churches and landmarks.

After a two days for rest and orientation and touring the Pittsburgh area,each Zimbabwean visitor will be paired with a Western PA counterpart who will act as host for a week. The group includes lay leaders, district superintendents and pastors. All will attend the Western PA annual conference session at Grove City College from June 13-16, then travel to regional sites of interest. Each district will host at least one visitor, usually someone from a partner district in Zimbabwe.

This is the first visit to Western PA for a delegation from Zimbabwe. Western PA leaders participated in a mini-immersion in Zimbabwe in December of 2010, and last summer seven laity and clergy spent six weeks with host families there.

The guests and their host districts include:

  •  Mrs. Viola Mutema- Stewardship Taskforce Chair, Harare East -Butler
  • Mr. Tinashe Felix Makarau- Harare East-Johnstown

  • Rev. Joseph Bonga- Chimanimani-Chipinge DS-Greensburg

  • Mrs. Alice Matiza- Episcopacy Chair, Harare West - Pittsburgh

  • Mr. Singiyaphumula Doitwell Mlambo- MUMC Chair, Harare West - Connellsville

  • Rev. Daniel Mutidzawanda- Mutasa Nyanga DS -Washington

  • Rev. Farirayi Margaret Nyabote – Bulawayo Midlands DS –Erie-Meadville

  • Mrs. Molly Hlekani Mwayera – ZEAC Lay Leader -Butler

  • Rev. Musafare Mususa – Masvingo DS -Kane

  • Rev. Zebediah Tendayi Marewangepo – Assistant to the Bishop- Butler

  • Mr. Shadreck Mataruka – ZWAC Lay Leader-Indiana

  • Rev. Pathias Hlahla – Makoni-Buhera DS -Franklin

  • Mrs. Dianah Chideya – ZWAC Associate Lay Leader- Pittsburgh