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A Method to his ministry

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‘In Zimbabwe, names carry meaning,” said Method Moyo.

“My father told me that, when I was born, the family was going through tough times. They were in financial crisis. My dad wasn’t working. They needed a way to get out of the situation — a plan, a method. So, to them, I was the method.”

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Though he grew up in poverty, Moyo discovered a method to pursue a passion he harbored from age 8 — studying God’s Word. He enrolled in NationsUniversity, an online school associated with Churches of Christ that offers free education in theology and ministry.

“Within six years, he had finished his fourth degree at the university,” said John Baxter, the university’s president. “He has taken all 85 courses the university has to offer.”

Most recently, Moyo completed a Master of Divinity degree in 2021. He also has trained through Bear Valley Bible Institute International.

Method Moyo

Method Moyo

Moyo, 32, preaches for a Church of Christ in Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, Bulawayo. He and five other ministers there have launched a church-planting effort in rural areas, though funds for transportation and food are a challenge, he said.

Last year, Moyo took on a pastoral role at Cure Children’s Hospital of Zimbabwe, a ministry of Cure International. The hospital serves children with disabilities.

“Africa has, for a long time, considered disability as a bad thing … something that comes as a result of an ancestral curse, witchcraft or some wrongdoing in the family,” Moyo said. “It is unfortunate that many Christians continue to hold on to this belief — to the extent that they believe that people with disabilities have spirits working in them. This belief has hindered the inclusion of people with disabilities in the church.”

As part of his ministry, Moyo conducts “Theology of Disability” seminars to help church leaders turn their congregations into “communities of belonging.” The seminars dispel myths about disabilities, using lessons from Jesus’ encounters with the disabled, and suggest methods of greater inclusion for all people. More than 300 church leaders have completed the program.

“We all bear the image of God,” Moyo said. “That is not determined by what one can or cannot do.”

He’s thankful for the emphasis NationsUniversity instructors place on the Great Commission — a mandate “to go out there and change my world,” he said.

His family name, Moyo, means “heart,” he said.

As for the name his father gave him, Method, “I consider myself a person who provides a way.”

Website: nationsu.edu

ERIK TRYGGESTAD is president and CEO of The Christian Chronicle. He is a deacon of the Memorial Road church. Reach him at [email protected].

Filed under: Africa Bear Valley Bible Institute Cure International disability Disabled ministry Great Commission International medical missions NationsUniversity News Top Stories Zimbabwe

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