The founder and president of Heartfelt International Ministries, Apostle Tavonga Vutabwashe, on Friday night launched his debut publication, Promoting the Value of Women, at a colourful ceremony held at an upmarket lodge in Harare.
In an interview on the sidelines of the launch, Vutabwashe said teachings contained in the book were based on his experiences and observations.
“There are so many misinterpretations about the Bible and women, so I wanted to address those misconceptions,” he said.
Vutabwashe said it was unfortunate culture often exalted men while demeaning women, who are often regarded as subservient and dependent on men.
After realising a woman’s intelligence was often viewed as arrogance, he realised he needed to write a book.
Vutabwashe said women were endowed with the quality of endurance and if they were able to endure the agony of childbirth, it meant they could fare well in any area of engagement.
“There is no pain that is as painful as labour pain, so a woman cannot be limited even by politics. If she can have five to eight children, she is able to have the same number of businesses,” he said.
“Even if she gives birth to a premature baby, she can endure three months in the hospital looking after the baby.”
Vutabwashe, however, said men will also draw valuable lessons from the book as it will help them learn more about women. He said it was important for men to appreciate they were irrelevant without women.
“A man carries a generation in his seed, but there can be no manifestation (of that generation) without the woman,” he said.
He said it was about time women emerged as leaders in men’s citadels such as business, politics and ministerial enterprises. Heartfelt International Ministries was established in November 2010 and has experienced phenomenal growth with churches planted in Kwekwe, Gweru, Kadoma, Bindura, Masvingo, Johannesburg and Pretoria.