Abel T. Muzorewa: The Man and His Mission
It soon became plain to me that our theology needed to be clarified and our concerns needed a broader base. I felt at ease following in the footsteps of Bishop Ralph Dodge.
--Bishop Abel T. Muzorewa, 1978
When Abel T. Muzorewa was born on April 14, 1925, at Old Umtali Methodist Center, only ten miles north of Mutare, colonial Zimbabwe and the Methodist Church were going through a period of considerable change. In 1896 Cecil John Rhodes concluded that this frontier village was not practical in promoting his dream of building a vast colonial empire in Africa because it was inaccessible to the railway line he was building from Beira because of mountain ranges.
Rhodes decided to abandon it and establish a new town on the other side of the mountain ranges. This would have ready access to the railway line. To many settlers the move seemed a wrong policy. To abandon an already developed community in favor of starting a new one did not seem to reflect careful developmental plans. But Rhodes was not persuaded to change his mind once he made it. When he was ready to make the move, some people asked him what would happen to this developed