HLONIPHANI NDLOVU, affectionately known as Pastor H, has finished writing a book titled He Lifts Me Up and says he cannot wait to have it published.
Ndlovu (36), narrates and creatively weaves the story of his own life; how he rose from “extreme poverty and despondency” to hope, purpose and meaning.
Ndlovu told Southern Eye that his aim in penning the book was to help and inspire people to work outside their limited circumstances.
He is the current pastor of the Brethren in Christ Church Lobengula, in Bulawayo and seats on various boards. He leads youth initiatives and speaks on different forums.
Ndlovu said he was born into dismal poverty, but defied all odds and believes that anyone can be great as long as they make the decision to be.
He grew up in a village called Nkazhe in the Gwanda district where he did the bulk of early education at Nkazhe Primary and Secondary schools.
Ndlovu said he did not see the difficulties he faced as impediments, but an opportunity and a foundation for building future success.
“It takes vision or desire to be successful; being fed-up of the current limiting situations, refusing mediocrity and working hard,” Ndlovu said.
His book has been endorsed by former United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray and former Education minister David Coltart.
Coltart described the book as a story “of hope in that it provides a wonderful pathway to all Zimbabweans. If Zimbabweans would all put their trust in Christ they would find that the Lord does indeed lift them up”.
Ndlovu is already working on a second book that he said should be published before the end of 2015.