The genesis of the ministry dates back to 1960 when Reverend Francis Nyika – “Old Man” – was working for Sister Cross – a nurse – at her residence in Bulawayo. God’s call had the words “I have work for you in Mashonaland in 18 years.” Between 1960 and 1978 – 18 years - he went through several jobs, politics and eventually accepted Christ: he was in the wilderness with God.
Towards 1978 the pressure to leave for Mashonaland had mounted. He tried to resist it but finally yielded. In the first quarter of 1978 God led him to Mashonaland – specifically Marondera. This marked the dawn of the great ministry.
Old Man had vowed to God that he would neither form a church nor work under the existing ones – which he thought had shortcomings. God then showed him Assemblies of God and a black man. He then sought after the man and eventually met him at a meeting he had been directed to by Pastor Paddy. Old man then discovered that the man’s name was Nicholas Bhengu. He remained loyal to him until Bhengu’s death in 1985.
The ministry has grown to 12 assemblies with 8 pastors. The mission of Old Man’s call is “Go and prepare my church I am about to come.” God confirmed that Old Man’s ministry would be a “Marondera.”