Cape Town - Gospel songs have a way of taking people through the toughest times in their lives.
Three influential gospel artists share how the year has been for them.
1. Thinah Zungu
He admits he made the year look easy but his struggles were known by God and those dear to him. “It was not a good year, financially especially. My car was stolen and another car I had was written off after an accident,” he says.
All wasn’t lost, his faith kept him going. “I have realised I must not depend on material things. I must know that He is God, whether the material things are there or not. God comforted me and reminded me that He will cover me no matter what happens. I have learnt to trust that God is more than enough,” Thinah continues.
As stormy as it was, Thinah still managed to build a house for his family. “I have my own house, bond-free and rent-free. I have managed to do something that is challenging for artists: shelter for family, which is most fulfilling. I am proud of what God helped me do. I believe God taught me that whatever happens in someone’s life, bad or good, it’s a lesson. If it is bad, I tend to ask God what He wants me to learn from it because Satan does not have power over my life,” he adds.
2. Puleng March
It has been a year of revelation for Puleng. She stepped out in faith when she decided to pursue a solo career. She released her first album, Marching On, that was received very well in 2018.
At the 2019 SABC Crown Gospel Awards, she won the best newcomer award, which left her in awe of God’s goodness. “I have a deeper understanding of what patience is. Sometimes when you don’t get things at a time you want them, you get frustrated and it becomes easy to lose focus when you lose faith.”
The Ke Laolwa Ke Moya singer says prayer is the only thing that grounds her and draws her back to the fact God is faithful and to keep trusting God. The former Joyous Celebration singer says: “Faith without actions and praying while in the storm were major lessons for me in 2019. It was a constant reminder that He won’t bring me this far to leave me. I have grown as a woman and in business, and that you have to be strong. I used to be scared of stepping into boardrooms, I would say I am not qualified but God has continued to reassure me in this journey.”
To those who need encouragement in their lives, Puleng says, “Doubt the doubt. Believe God. There is a lot that God has done for you, move yourself from the wrong noise and you will see what He has entrusted you with,” she adds.
2. Zara Mokheti
One of the biggest songs from Zaza in 2019 is Imbewu. Zaza is also a former Joyous Celebration choir member. It has been years since she went solo and the favour of God has carried her.
“I can safely say that 2019 has taught me to trust more in God and not things, money or people around me. I’ve learnt that faith is my only currency, this year I’ve seen God moving mountains for me. I’m grateful for He has kept me and my family under His grace. The scripture that kept me going was Proverbs 3:5: ’Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding’.”