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Zimbabwean Scholar Has Gratitude and Hope

Zimbabwean Scholar Has Gratitude and Hope
Patience Chapata celebrates her graduation in entrepreneurship studies from the Women's University.

In Psalm 27, verse 13, the psalmist says, “I remain confident of this: I will keep seeing the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” I surely can testify that I have seen and believe that I will keep on seeing the goodness of the Lord in this land of the living. Part of the fulfillment of this testimony is made possible by the United Methodist Women in the United States of America.

I grew up in the high-density suburb of Mufakose, Zimbabwe. The community is composed of people from different backgrounds, a society some may describe as the hub of social vice, but the neighborhood has raised great athletes and legends too.

Growing up in a Christian and God-fearing family, I was taught the importance of prayer and serving God, thus I began serving as a bible reader from the tender age of ten. In my youth and young adult years, I was elected to the positions of Youth President, Secretary, Community Service Chairperson, Secretary for the Conference Committee on Ministry with Women, Secretary for our Annual Conference Planning Committee, Africa Central Conference Young Women Coordinator, Delegate to Central and General Conference 2020, among other positions.

Arise, Shine!

As I grew up, I hoped that one day I would graduate college and become a person of influence as a successful entrepreneur. Mama Grace Musuka encouraged and assisted me in receiving a scholarship from United Methodist Women under the umbrella of international ministries.

My vision is to “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” (Isaiah 60, verse 1). My desire is to become a successful entrepreneur, hardworking and God- fearing, and to give back to my community and church using my knowledge and skills.

Grateful for Wise Women

In my service to the Lord and church, through faithfulness and obedience, the Lord blessed me with what I can call the “wise women from the East," namely Mrs. Grace Musuka, the late Mrs. Betty Katiyo and Rev. Maria Masamba. Overtime these women became my dear friends, mothers and mentors who have inspired me every day. I can never repay them fully.

I want to express my utmost gratitude to everyone who made my dreams come true, above all to God who is our enabler. Thank you to Betty Gittens, executive for international work at United Methodist Women, and all of United Methodist Women for your faith and love in action which has impacted my life so positively.

Words can never express my gratitude, but I keep praying that many more will be empowered. l glorify God. May God grant you the grace to expand and reach as many souls as you can. As Apostle Paul says in Philippians 4, verse 8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.”


Patience Chapata is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and Entrepreneurial Development Studies with Honors from the Women’s University in Africa in Zimbabwe. 

Posted or updated: 7/23/2021 12:00:00 AM
 

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