President Mourns Apostle Abel Kademaunga Sande

President Mnangagwa has sent a message of condolence to the Sande family following the death of a leading figure in the family of the indigenous churches and Ambassadors for Christ Ministries International founder Dr Abel Kademaunga Sande.

Apostle Sande succumbed to diabetes at his Waterfalls home on Saturday.

He was 94.

In his condolence message yesterday President Mnangagwa said Apostle Sande would be remembered for his wise counsel and fervent intercessions, passionate prayers for the nation and his deep love for the country, Zimbabwe.

“I learnt with a sense of shock and sadness of the passing on of Apostle Abel Kademaunga Sande, a towering giant in the sphere of faith and ministry. A founder of many churches and of the Ambassadors for Christ Ministries International, Apostle Sande was a leading figure in the family of the indigenous churches in Zimbabwe.

“He prayed for us leaders, asking God to guide us, and to inspire our Government as it seeks to propel Zimbabwe forward in the New Dispensation, Indeed his prayers rang beyond our borders, touching and healing many lives and souls in our region and beyond.
President Mourns Apostle Abel Kademaunga Sande
President Mourns Apostle Abel Kademaunga Sande

“On behalf of Government, my family and on my own behalf, I offer heartfelt condolences to Mrs Elizabeth Sande, widow of the great inspirer whom God has now taken to Himself; to the Sande family; to members of the church he founded and led; to the Zimbabwe Indigenous Interdenominational, Council of Churches and Faith for the Nation Campaign, and to all Zimbabweans who knew and worked with Apostle, said President Mnangagwa.

He said Apostle Sande played a critical role as a spiritual mentor.

“We were with him only late last year in December when we held our annual National Thanksgiving and Dedication Service in Bulawayo. He played a key role both as a member and spiritual mentor of the Zimbabwe Indigenous Interdenominational Council of Churches, ZIIC, and of the Faith for the Nation Campaign which together organise this national event

“We are all the poorer without him, his wise counsel and fervent intercessions,” said the President.

Apostle Sande became active in ministry in 1960s at the age of 19.

Family spokesman and grandson, Mr Jacky Sande yesterday said the family had lost a pillar and a father figure.

He said Apostle Sande was a father to the family who loved and cared for many people even those who were not related to him.

“He was my role model. Dr Sande provided for many people and sent many children to school.”

Apostle Sande is survived by wife Dr Elizabeth Sande, three children and several grandchildren.

He will be buried today at Warren Hills Cemetery in Harare.
President Mourns Apostle Abel Kademaunga Sande
President Mourns Apostle Abel Kademaunga Sande

Everything You Need To Know About Abel Kademaunga Sande:

Abel Kademaunga Sande was a Zimbabwean cleric and Ambassadors for Christ Ministries International founder. He died on 27 February 2021.


Sande was born on 1 May 1931 in Hurungwe. Sande’s parents were Sande and Tombosi Kademaunga. Sande Kademaunga was a pioneer of Jehovah’s Witness in Zimbabwe then known as Rhodesia. Sande was active in ministry in 1950 aged 19. For 5 years he was involved in ministerial work before getting married. 

He married Elizabeth, in 1955 and the two had seven children: two boys and five girls.


Sande attended his first theological school in 1966. At this time he was a full-time pastor at Marondera Assemblies of God. He attended the Canadian Assemblies of God Theological School in Mutare, Zimbabwe. In 1978 he went to Nigeria to undergo further studies in Theology. He attended All Nations for Christ Bible Institute under Reverend Benson Idahosa in Benin City, Nigeria.


Sande became a member of the Apostolic Mission Church after somebody witnessed to him and convinced him to make that move. In 1949 soon after moving to Apostolic Mission Church, he was elected as a youth leader in Chinhoyi where he was now working.

While working as a supervisor at Pockets Bakery, Sande was called to Ministry in 1963. He became a part-time Pastor leading a church in Marondera for Assemblies of God. In 1964 he became a full-time pastor at Marondera Assemblies of God. He then joined the Assemblies of God where he became a full-time pastor in 1964.

In 1967 Sande and Ezekiel Guti started a new Church called Assemblies of God Africa (A.O.G.A). Guti was chairman and Sande was Vice Chairman of A.O.G.A. Sande worked as an Overseer, Pastor, District Chairman and Evangelist, majoring in evangelism. A.O.G.A. changed its name to Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (Z.A.O.G.A). After 20 years working for Z.A.O.G.A., also known as Forward in Faith, Sande started Ambassadors for Christ International on 11 October 1987. Its name was established from 2 Corinthians 5:20.


Sande died from diabetes at his Waterfalls home on 27 February 2021. He was buried at Warren Hills Cemetery on 2 March 2021.

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