Ezekiel Guti Biography | Background, Wife, Children, Qualifications, Calling, Books, Miracles, Death
Ezekiel Handinawangu Guti was born on 5 May in 1923 in the area of Ngaone, located in the small town of Chipinge in the Manicaland Province of Zimbabwe.
He was a distinguished academic and religious leader, known for founding the Forward in Faith International Ministries, with branches in Zimbabwe and abroad. He was also the chancellor and founder of the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University.
Ezekiel Guti had children from his two marriages. He sired seven children with his second wife, Eunor Guti:
- Sarah Rusere
- Dorcas Jaricha
- Fiona Arthurs
- Gracious Chikore
- La-Verne Simukai
- Ezekiel Guti Junior (late)
- Ethanim Guti
Guti held several degrees from different academic institutions, including a Bachelor of Christian Education and a Doctorate from Northgate Graduate School at Zoe College USA. His qualifications also included BA, MA, D.D, D Min, and PhD in Religion.
Life As A Preacher And Achievements
In 1948, Guti travelled to the then Salisbury (now Harare) where he met a man he had seen in a dream. This man baptized him, and Guti began speaking in tongues. He preached in Mbare but was later chased out due to extensive press coverage. In 1958, he ministered in Highfield, in an Assemblies of God church established by a South African pastor, but was expelled later.
The church, Forward in Faith International Ministries, has since grown into a vast empire, operating in 106 countries worldwide. It has diversified investments, including dressmaking schools, bible schools, vocational training centers, hospitals, clinics, primary and secondary schools, as well as numerous properties in various countries.
In 2010, ZAOGA FIFMI celebrated its 50th anniversary, and Guti addressed a crowd of over 50,000 believers in Zimbabwe at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. The event was broadcast live on Ezekiel TV, a Christian television network founded by Guti and his wife.
Guti also had a significant international presence, accepting invitations to preach and teach in several African nations, Europe, the USA, Asia-Pacific countries, and the Bahamas. He founded bible schools in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Zambia, and Mozambique, where he trained over 4,000 pastors from more than 55 nations. He oversaw over five thousand pastors and evangelists worldwide and was known as a great intercessor, a man of love and compassion, with a hunger to win souls to Jesus Christ.
Guti was renowned for performing miracles. In 2009, he prayed for a visually impaired former Jairosi Jiri Band member, David Mabvuramuti, who had only six per cent vision due to retinitis pigmentosa. David was able to see for the first time in his life after Guti’s prayer.
Guti authored several books focusing on Christian life:
- A Wise Man
- Lessons from Life and Ministry
- Prayer of a Righteous Man
- The History of ZAOGA FIF
- The Book of Remembrance
- Human Beings Cannot Change Without Pressure
- Maturity Which Came by Knowing the Ways of God
- New African Apostle
- Two Ways of Knowing God
- Effective Preaching that Drew People to God
- Church and Political Responsibility
- Principles of the Doctrine of Christ
- Understanding Your Angels
- Laws and Responsibilities of a Leader
- Leaders Manual for Home Fellowship Groups or Cells
- Defending Your Blessings
- Secret Wisdom in Time of Difficulty and the Power of Words
- Why is it that Some Believe the Gospel and Others Do Not
- Strategies for Saving Marriages for This Generation
- Believers Guide for Blessings
- Pathway to Praise & Worship
- Maturity, Which Came by Knowing the Ways of God
- My Yoke is Easy
- Charitable Deeds
- Do You Want to Know What People Expect When They Come to Church?
- ZAOGA Sunday Morning Bible Study
- So Now I am an Elder, What Am I Expected Of?
- ZAOGA Ushers Manual
Ezekiel Guti passed away on 5 July 2023 at the age of 100 years.