Manica Post and Diamond FM Radio personality Morris Mtisi was recently elected chairperson for both the Zimbabwe East Union chapter and national committee of Seventh Day Adventist (SDA)-Zimbabwe Adventist Communicators Association (ZACA) during its launch in Kwekwe.
ZACA is an association mooted by the Zimbabwe Adventist Unions Conferences. Its purpose is to mobilise journalists and communicators in diverse positions and media houses who are members of the SDA Church to stand up for Jesus and assist in the completion of his mission.
Speaking to The Manica Post recently, Mr Mtisi, himself a guest columnist and educational materials writer, said at this time in the history of mankind when local communities and the world at large are deeply immersed in frightening corruption, sin and crime, the Kwekwe SDA communicators’ convention had a profound message for humanity.
“When he is being abused and all he stands for is allowed to rot on the cross, it is the duty of those who can write and speak to defend Jesus.
“Good journalists and communicators do not destroy people and celebrate moral decay. They do not destroy the weak, voiceless and vulnerable. They uplift them,” said The Manica Post columnist and DiamondFM radio presenter.
Explaining why the Zimbabwe Adventist Communicators Association was launched, Mtisi was simple, straight and to the point.
“God is calling journalists, television and radio presenters to expand their vision, to lead the way, to teach others; not to make life worse for the weak and voiceless.
Christ wants us to defend the weak. Good journalists and other public communicators do not delight in destroying people but uplifting them. “Firm integrity shines forth as gold amid the dross and rubbish of the world-Ellen White said,” Mtisi said.
The Kwekwe convention in October was attended by journalists and radio presenters who are Seventh Day Adventists from various media houses, television and radio stations from all over Zimbabwe.
It was graced by the SDA Church president then, now president of the West Zimbabwe Conference, Pastor Micah Choga.
In a recent development, the Seventh Day Adventist Church (Zimbabwe) now has three unions following elections in Bulawayo in November 2017. In the elections Pastor Musara, former East Zimbabwe Conference president, was elected the new East Union Conference president.
The same elections found Pastor Tapera, former Central Zimbabwe Conference president, coming out the new Central Union Conference president and likewise former only Zimbabwe Union Conference president, Pastor Choga, elected the new West Zimbabwe Union president.
This means the three new unions have three new union presidents. The East Zimbabwe Union chairperson and national president of the Zimbabwe Adventist Communicators Association, Mr Mtisi, told The Manica Post that he is ready to take up the new challenge come January 2018. “I am ready to take up the challenge head-on.
“I promise to do my best, and God will do the rest. This is a huge task and responsibility. But there is nothing too big for God,” said Mr Mtisi.