By Kudzai Jakachira
Harare based Man of God from the Apostolic Faith Ministry Prophet Isaiah George Chipari, has called on married couples to desist from domestic violence and instead strive for God in prayers to make their relationships peaceful.
Prophet Chipari condemned domestic violence, describing it as an act of wickedness and the work of the devil. All hitches in homes and marital affairs must be solved in a peaceful manner, he advised.
Speaking during a prayer session he conducted last Sunday commemorating 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence at his Helensvale church in Harare, the prophet advised church leaders to encourage congregates to be respectful of each other and live in peaceful relationships.
“As church leaders we must call for peace in homes and we urge couples to resolve problems in peace or seek advice from their spiritual leaders.
“Violence is an act of evilness and acts of the devil,” said Prophet Chipari.Prophet Isaiah said, adding he was traumatised by the number of cases of domestic violence that are being reported on a daily basis in the country.
“Cases of domestic violence are rampant in the country, and as church leaders we must be strong in prayers and teachings in order to restore peace amongst our people in relationships,” he said.
“It was time that we, as Christians stand up to end this distressing catastrophe.”
The clergy man, who is popularly known for his prophetic healing sessions which he conducts every Sunday at his Helensvale church where he heals thousands suffering from different diseases and performs miracles healing the lame as well as restoring sense in mental health patients, says prophesising was a gift bestowed by God from a young age.
“I received power from God at the tender age of six to prophecy and heal different ailments,“ revealed the Prophet.
Risks of gender-based violence continue to increase in scale and possibility while the population is exposed to worsening food insecurity, compounded by economic hardship and the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Psychological ferocity is the most common form (55 percent of total cases) followed by physical violence (22 percent of total cases), economic violence (15 percent) and sexual violence (8 percent).
About 90 percent of cases are intimate partner violence.
Thousands attended the commemorations of the 16 days against Gender Violence held at the Apostolic Mission Church in Helensvale, with several guests coming from as far as Tanzania, Malawi Botswana,and South Africa coming to pray against the scourge of domestic-related violence in the country, region and the world over.
Prophet Chipari can be reached on 0776612743.