Catching up with Gottfried Hertzer

Gottfried Hertzer (left) and Lance Edwards

Gottfried Hertzer is best known for his stance on finances or you could say “Finances God’s Way” He spent some time with the Ebenezer Team last year and it was good speaking to him briefly when he passed through Ebenezer recently. Gottfried is based in Germany.

From our last conversation, Gottfried shared that it was difficult for people to change their perspective on money matters the world over and a very small percentage of people were interested in biblical views of finance. I asked him if there was a shift over the year and this is what he said........

“There are small pockets of people who are open to being challenged. The financial crash has caused people to look for solutions but they are looking in the wrong quarters. It is a slow process. The non-Christians seem more receptive. I had an inquiry from a non Christian company that is looking for insight in Biblical views on finance. They sense that their is a platform. There seems to be a “veil” over the Christians.”

Money reveals a lot about the heart.

By Molly Manhanga


Kidz Block Complete

We are all so excited at Crossroads Community Church as our Kidz Block is now complete.Crossroads is situated in the Mablauwuni community approximately 3km from Ebenezer. Quite a few of the Ebenezer apprentices attend Crossroads which is led by Stephen Manhanga. It has been quite a journey for us:first meeting at Ebenezer, then under a marquee which has been ripped to shreds by the wind and rain and now,we are finally meeting in the Kidz Block. This is quite an achievement!

The Kidz Block is an "eye catcher" in the community. You just got to come and have a look!
By Molly Manhanga

One on one with Brendon Smith

Brendon Smith

It was nice catching up with Brendon Smith at Ebenezer recently. He has visited regularly and been an inspiration to many. This is what he said....

M.M: It’s great seeing you again. What is the main purpose of your visit to Ebenezer and Zimbabwe?
B.S: I’ll be focusing on the Post Ebenezer side – the wider vision of uplifting Zimbabwe and Africa.

M.M: Great! Can you please expand on this?
B.S: After the apprentices graduate from Ebenezer, we want to plant them into the community so that we can have a bigger impact. We will be expanding on the vision of Ebenezer which is to equip young people for a life in Christ. We want to unlock the potential the communities have.

M.M: How long do you think you’ll serve the post Ebenezer work?
B.S: It’s open-ended. As long as God wants me here.

M.M: Amazing! Where do you originally come from?
B.S: Bulawayo, but I’ve been living in South Africa and spending time in Europe, South east Asia, Middle East and the whole of Africa.

M.M: What is your take with all that is happening in Zimbabwe?
B.S: The solution to Africa lies in Zimbabwe.

M.M: That’s a huge statement to make but with God, all things are possible! What is the weirdest food you’ve eaten?
B.S: Sheep eye soup and it tasted rubbery. I’ve actually eaten every part of an animal including monkey brain which tastes quite sweet.

M.M: .....And, your taste buds are all intact? Thanks Brendon. Enjoy your post Ebenezer work.

By Molly Manhanga


Meet Teddy Mpofu - 1st Year Apprentice

Teddy Mpofu

M.M: Tell me about your background?
T.M: I come from Luma. It takes me 4 hours to walk home. I live with my brothers. My parents have passed away. I have 5 brothers and 3 sisters. I am 17 years old.

M.M: You have been at Ebenezer for 2 months now. How have you found it?
T.M: It's okay. I have enjoyed playing soccer. I find it challenging in the field.

M.M: What is your favourite drink?
T.M: Mazowe orange

M.M: What are your favourite films?
T.M: Music

M.M: What are your hobbies?
T.M: Soccer, volleyball, eating and sleeping.

M.M: I hope you enjoy your time at Ebenezer.

By Molly Manhanga


Meet Tapiwa Munyati: 1st year apprentices

Tapiwa Munyati

M.M: tell me about your background?
T.M: I am 18 years old. I live at SOS Children’s Home. I don’t know who my parents are. I have 5 brothers and 3 sisters. I am the eldest in my family.

M.M: What are your hobbies?
T.M: Reading novels, socialising, listening to music

M.M: Who is your favourite artist?
T.M: Hillsong

M.M: What is your favourite food?
T.M: Pizza and lime-lemon juice

M.M: You’ve been at Ebenezer for 2 months. How has your stay been so far?
T.M: It has been fun and challenging. Fun – the Family Groups on Wednesday evenings and the fields have been challenging.

M.M: Thanks so much Tapiwa. Enjoy your time at Ebenezer....

By Molly Manhanga