February 2018

Hope for Communities in Zimbabwe

Prison Ministry 2

“I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to me.” Matthew 25:36

For a very long time, the people of Zimbabwe have been under oppression and social injustice has been the norm. Many children are no longer attending school, hunger and poverty lingers in the homes and streets of ordinary Zimbabweans. The unemployment rate is nearing 95% and there is no currency for the country. Basic needs such as clean water, electricity and sanitation are not easily available.

Life is unbearable for many.

In response to this, our ministry partner Hope for Africa Missions (HFAM) arranged a mission trip to Zimbabwe in December called Mission Love Zimbabwe. The trip was for 10 days and is just the start of the project. During these 10 days, they shared hope and love with the communities of Chitungwiza and Somerby in north-east Zimbabwe.

Due to the generous donations made by WorldShare supporters and other donors, HFAM were able to distribute food and essentials to these two communities. Families were given food and clothes parcels, books, wheelchairs and medical supplies. Water-purifiers were given out, as the only access to water for many of the residents is through manmade wells.

A total of 5,000 books were handed out to schools in the two areas, one of which HFAM plans to develop a library for. The team also identified a children’s home on the trip called Mawunganidze where they gave out food parcels and clothes. Here, they also prepared a meal so that they could eat together, and they had the opportunity to chat with and encourage the children.

Food parcels 2
Food preparation
Vegetable garden 1

Making it Last

With the aim of initiating lasting change, the team setup vegetable gardens which will provide food for soup kitchens. A brick-making machine was also purchased, which will allow people to continue progressing building projects and earn themselves an income.

Prison Ministry

Part of the trip included a time of prison ministry where the team had the opportunity to serve children of inmates. They put on a Christmas party for the children where they had a nutritious meal and danced and watched a play about the birth of Jesus, and each child received a Christmas present.

“The change in the children’s faces on that day could not be comprehended. There was joy overflowing and a sense of love, that they have been remembered. We really thank God for the opportunity to minister to these children who have been a result of social injustice in our communities.”
Hendrick Mahlangu, HFAM leader

The Mission Love Zimbabwe trip was a great success and brought hope to many people. A huge thank you to everyone who supported this project.

A second trip is in the pipeline, but to carry it out, they need your support. If you would like to be a part of bringing further hope to people suffering in Zimbabwe, please donate to HFAM.