Ezekiel Guti is a distinguished academic cum religious leader in Zimbabwe. He is the founder of the Forward in Faith International Ministries which has branches in Zimbabwe and abroad. He is also chancellor and founder of the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University.
Ezekiel Guti, Forward in Faith International Ministries
|Church||Forward in Faith International Ministries|
|Birth name||Handinawangu Guti|
May 5, 1923|
|Children||Ezekiel Guti Jr|
Ezekiel Handinawangu Guti was born on 5 May in 1923 in an area called Ngaone in the small town of Chipinge in the Manicaland Province of Zimbabwe. He is married to Eunor Guti who is also a religious leader in the church. The couple has a child together, Ezekiel Junior Guti who is also an evangelist in their ministry.
Guti holds a number of degrees from different academic institutions. He holds a Bachelor of Christian education and Doctorate from Northgate Graduate School, from Zoe College USA. He also has the following qualifications: BA; MA; D.D; D Min and PhD in Religion.
Life as a Religious Leader
Between 1948 and 1949, Guti travelled to the then Salisbury (now Harare) where he met a man he had been shown in a dream who explained and baptised him. He started to speak in tongues.
He preached in Mbare but was to be chased from the church after getting extensive press coverage. In 1958, he ministered in Highfield, in a church started by a South African pastor who had been chased from his own church. Guti too was later to be expelled from that pastor’s church as the leaders the pastor had left on his return to South Africa had not liked him.
The church is now a big empire, operating in 106 countries worldwide. It has diverse investments, including 120 dressmaking schools in Zimbabwe, bible schools, colleges and vocational training centres, hospitals and clinics, primary and secondary schools, and so many other properties in various countries.
In 2010, ZAOGA FIFMI celebrated its 50th anniversary, where Guti addressed a crowd of over 50,000 believers in Zimbabwe at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. The event was broadcast live on Ezekiel TV, a Christian television network broadcasting from South Africa, found by Guti and wife.
On the international arena, Guti has accepted invitations to preach and teach in several African nations, Europe, USA, Asia-Pacific countries, and the Bahamas. He has spoken in Bible schools, colleges, universities, and on Television and Radio programs.
Growth of the Church
Guti has founded bible schools in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Zambia, and Mozambique where he has trained over 4,000 pastors from more than 55 nations. He also founded the Forward in Faith Orphanage Center, F.I.F Children's Ministry, F.I.F College and High School Ministry, Gracious Women's Fellowship International, along with the Husband's Agape International Fellowship. He oversees over five thousand pastors and evangelists worldwide and is a great intercessor, a man of love and compassion, with a hunger to win souls to Jesus Christ.
Guti is also well known for performing miracles, and in 2009, a prominent singer, visually impaired and former Jairosi Jiri Band member, David Mabvuramuti, who had only six per cent vision due to the hereditary illness retinitis pigmentosa, was able to see for the first time in his life after Guti prayed for him.
Guti was behind the establishment of Mbuya Dorcas Health Centre in Zimbabwe.
In December 2010, ZAOGA was granted a licence by the Zimbabwean government to set up the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University in Bindura in Mashonaland Central Province. He has also funded a number of children;s homes, orphanages, old people's homes, health service centres and academic institutions including ZEGU.
Guti has written a number of books majoring on Christian life. Some of the publications are as follows;
- A Wise Man
- Lessons from Life and Ministry
- Prayer of a Righteous Man.
- The History of ZAOGA FIF.
- The Book of Remembrance
- Human Beings Cannot Change Without Pressure
- Maturity Which Comes by Knowing the Ways of God
- New African Apostle
- Two Ways of Knowing God
- Effective Preaching that draws People to God
- Church and Political Responsibility
- Principles of the Doctrine of Christ
- Understanding your Angels
- Laws and Responsibilities of a Leader
- Leaders Manual for Home fellowship groups or Cells
- Defending your Blessings
- Secret Wisdom in time of difficulty and the power of words
- Why is it that Some Believe the Gospel and others Do not
- Strategies for Saving marriages for this generation
- Believers guide for Blessings
- Pathway to Praise & Worship
- Maturity, which comes by knowing the ways of God
- My Yoke is easy
- Charitable Deeds
- Do you want to know what people expect when they come to church?
- ZAOGA Sunday Morning Bible Study
- So now I am an Elder what am I expected of?
- ZAOGA Ushers Manual.
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