Somabula Mission begun in 1901 when F. B Armitage and his wife came from Solusi with 8 students to Lower Gwelo Reserve. The land could only be leased and not sold being a reserve. In the following year a school was set up with the 8 students being baptized and the number of students rising to thirty soon afterwards.

Later, the site was moved to a new place , six miles nearer to Gwelo. This was by reason of the earlier site not being suitable place for the establishment of the mission. The new site for the station was a parcel of land offered to the missionaries by Chief Bunina,

In 1905, W.S Hyatt organised the Mission Church of nineteen members. W. C Walston took over the management of the school when the Armitages left Rh0desia due to fever attacks . At the end of five years, there were 68 students at the school. The school grew continually and in 1920 there were 18 out schools as reported by the superintendent J. N de Beer. In 1923, the name was changed to Lower Gwelo Mission . Six years later, the mission farm operating a primary school became a government approved teachers training college.

African Adventist Heritage Museum

We are proud to announce that you can now visit our African Adventist Heritage Museum which beautifully documents different aspects of Africa and Adventist History in Africa