BURLINGTON, N.C. – When National Agents Alliance holds its “In the Hunt” National Convention in Raleigh, N.C., it looked to the far side of the world to find the perfect keynote speaker with the perfect message for its attendees.
Bishop Trevor Manhanga will travel from his home in Zimbabwe, Africa to let people know that success can only be found if you find a way to overcome obstacles.
Manhanga, who maintains and manages more than 250 churches in Africa, will travel to North Carolina to deliver a message of hope on Jan. 24 at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Manhanga’s keynote address comes on the heels of The Alliance partnering to donate hundreds of goats in conjunction with New Directions International during a mission trip to Africa in August of 2014.
“Life by its nature presents obstacles,” Manhanga said. “An obstacle-free life doesn’t exist. What we need to be able to do is to overcome those obstacles. There is no obstacle that is too big that both me and you, and God can’t handle.”
During his visit to North Carolina, Manhanga will also speak at Lamb’s Chapel in Burlington, N.C. on Jan. 28 and is scheduled to meet with officials at North Carolina State University.
Drawing from the parallels between life and sports, Manhanga said the ingredients of a winning football team don’t sit squarely on one person. He said finding the winning formula takes teamwork, and he believes The Alliance will understand that message better coming out of National Convention.
“You can be a great quarterback but you need somebody from the sideline that is coaching that can see the whole picture,” Manhanga said. “A good coach is essential. And by the grace of God, we try to give some coaching advice to people. When people start to take that advice, they start to throw some great touchdowns.
“It is my privilege and a great honor to speak to all those people, and I don’t for one moment don’t underestimate the power of the opportunity to speak into those people’s lives. We want to change people’s lives and horizons for the better for years to come.”
Manhanga’s professional career started in banking back in 1981, but he felt God was calling him to do greater things and enrolled in ministry school in Zimbabwe in 1982. Since then, Manhanga has preached the gospel in what he considers the most rewarding experience of his life. With the support of his wife, Charmaine and their five children (Ernest, Zoe, Trevor Jr., Charissa and Christopher), the Manhangas are truly making a difference in the lives of people, communities and nations all over the world.
Beyond spreading the gospel, Manhanga has been vital in mediation and peacemaking during some of the most troubled political and economic years in the history of Zimbabwe. His voice of reason has helped keep his country from the kind of political anarchy and tribal genocide seen in many African countries.
Apart from his ministry responsibilities, Manhanga is a regular contributor of articles in the press as well as a speaker/presenter/facilitator at workshops and seminars in the field of HIV/AIDs, Peace and Justice, Human Rights and Democracy, Business Ethics and religious matters. He runs a poultry concern and a transport company, served as chaplain to the mayor of Mutare and as chairman of the stakeholders forum to the city of Mutare – the third largest city in Zimbabwe with a population of 250,000 people.
Bishop Manhanga travels extensively in ministry in Zimbabwe, the African continent as well as to the U.S. and Canada.
With all that experience under his belt, Manhanga belives he will do even greater good in the future.
“I had a vision from God,” Manhanga says. “and that’s what keeps me going.”
In 1984, Manhanga took a position as co-pastor with Victory Tabernacle, a church he has seen grow from 15 people to more than 1,000 members having planted seven satellite churches. He was ordained by the Pentecostal Assemblies of Zimbabwe in 1987 and has served the church as Overseer for Manicaland Province, National Treasurer and Member of the National Executive Council, Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Bible College before being elected as the Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Zimbabwe in 1993, a position he currently holds. He has also served for two terms as the President of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Africa, a grouping of the Pentecostal Assemblies churches on the African continent comprising some 30,000 churches in 15 countries on the African continent.