Pastor Nhari of the Seventh Day Adventist Church abducted by soldiers in Chiredzi

Pastor Nhari of the Seventh Day Adventist Church abducted by soldiers in Chiredzi

Over the last one week, Pastor Nhari, a devout and committed pastor of the
Seventh Day Adventist Church, has been abducted in Chiredzi by a group of
ZANU-PF militia and soldiers.

Pastor Nhari is a much loved SDA pastor who is always there to visit victims
of violence, offering prayers and strengthening faith in God as he preaches
non-violence and love, often prefacing or concluding his sermons with his
two favourite songs: "Be happy, be kind, be loving, be true, I will meet you
in heaven and live next-door to you"; and one where he calls, "Glory be to
God, peace and love towards men".

The Seventh Day Adventist Church does great work in the communities in
Chiredzi, and is well respected, thanks to the efforts of pastors like
Nhari, who has been active in supporting families, the poor, and the needy
in all the churches that he has presided over in the past, including in

Through efforts such as the Adventist Relief Services, the SDA Church
dutifully tends to the sick, homeless, and the hungry. The Zimbabwe Union
Conference, which falls under the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division of
the worldwide SDA Church, is an important pillar of the Adventist world-wide
mission. Within it, many pastors and lay people have expressed deep respect
and affection for Pastor Nhari, who with his wife are down-to-earth people
that have provided dedicated ministry to each church that they have been
posted to.

Church members have reported that Pastor Nhari's crime was to refuse war
veterans permission to block a service on a Saturday, and have congregants
forcibly attend a 'pungwe' indoctrination session of Mr Mugabe's party.