Guta raJehovah

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Guta raJehovah or Guta ra Jehovah (English: City of Jehovah) is a church in Zvimba, Zimbabwe,[1] approximately 160 kilometres (100 mi) from the capital Harare. It is also known as the City of God.[1] The Church was founded by Mai Chaza[1][2] in 1954.[1] "Matenga" originally attended the Methodist church and then began GRJ as a healing center, an independent body from the Methodist Church.

Mai Chaza was reputed to have the ability to successfully pray for women to conceive.[3] More generally, she was a faith healer.[4]

Lameck Sibanda, writing in the "ZimDaily" feature of the Zimbabwe Telegraph, called Guta raJehovah a "sect".[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Zimbabwe Churches". Traveller's Guide to Victoria Falls. Retrieved 11 February 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Dube, Lilian (April 2008). "Mai Chaza: An African Christian Story of Gender, Healing and Power" (PDF). Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae. 24 (Supplement: Women as Academics and Leaders). Retrieved 11 Feb 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Togarasei., Lovemore (2007). "Images of Jesus among Christian Women in Harare". Studies in World Christianity. 13 (2): 160–169. doi:10.1353/swc.2007.0023.
  4. ^ Chitsaru, Chenjerai (9 January 2007). "How a Svikiro Saved a President from Shame". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2010. he was said to have been a descendant of Mai Chaza who, in the 1950s, was a celebrated faith healer who ran Guta raJehovah CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Sibanda, Lameck (10 July 2009). "Politics does not pay - Chiyangwa". Zimbabwe Telegraph. Retrieved 11 February 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)