|Church||Apostolic Faith Church in Southern Africa|
He was born in a family of three. He did not do well in school. Growing up, he became very 'sinful' and began to indulge in immoral activities. He thus left for South Africa because he was embarrassed to meet his family which had nurtured him in good ways.
Early Career as Lay Preacher
In South Africa he became very ill and nearly died. A certain man form a certain church prayed for him and he recovered. He thus began to testify what God had done to him, thus he began preaching. He subsequently returned to Zimbabwe where he organized prayer meetings. His family decided to cast him out of the family home for the reason that he was disrupting teachings of their church. They also accused him of praying too much. He then worked as a teacher for three years. He went to raise funds to undergo driver training and he eventually became a lorry driver.
Sengwayo left the then Salisbury to start his religious ministry in Gweru, in the Midlands Province of Zimbabwe. He began to preach in the area and later on moved to Bulawayo where established a church in the Pelandaba area. During he early days of his ministry, he used to travel from Gweru to Bulawayo on foot. He had visions and is believed to have several divine encounters along the way. The ministry was founded in 1955.
The church chose to affiliate themselves with the Apostolic Faith Mission with Headquarters in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Growth of the Church
- M.J Sengwayo, [From the Bush to the Pulpit, An Autobiography of MJ Sengwayo],M L Sengwayo, retrieved:23 Jun 2015"
- , The founding of the Apostolic Faith Work in Zimbabwe and its Growth in Southern Africa,Hatnews, published:4 Nov 2009, retrieved:15 Jun 2015"