Kingdom Partnerships: Zimbabwe
In 2005, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Zimbabwe, Africa to initiate a partnership with Mbare Christian Fellowship in the capital city of Harrare. MCF is led by the visionary leadership of Peter Mabasa and a team of elders that just might fulfill the Great Commission even with inflationary rates in the millions in the once prospering now teetering country. The needs in Zimbabwe, then and now, are overwhelming. On our trip we visited orphanages providing medical care, worshiped in village churches, provided leadership training, and did some sight seeing. We shared an incredible worship experience with MCF which had an unfinished building with far too few chairs.
Upon returning to the US, our church added them to our missions budget and like good Americans hoped that we would help them make improvements to their facilities and do a little outreach. I had a lot to learn about vision and passion for evangelism. Instead of taking our money and doing capital improvements they have spent the last three years spreading out all over Zimbabwe starting new churches and helping villages conquer social ills. And it was not that much money by the way. Pastor Mabasa and their small congregation in one of the poorest parts of Harrare, have demonstrated for us what it means to be on mission.
Currently, Hope Church sponsors six church plants monthly and has helped fund ten new churches in rural Zimbabwe through our partnership with MCF. We also help provide quarterly training for pastors, planters, and lay leaders working in rural churches. All this and more has been done through building a great Kingdom Partnership that has led to a movement.
Don’t let your short term mission trip be the end of your contact with a mission field. Build partnerships that can lead to movements. If you or your church are looking to build a partnership, please consider Zimbabwe. Tendai Nyatsunga, one of the elders at MCF is currently studying in the United States and is available to speak to you or to your church about what God is doing in Zimbabwe. You can contact him at Tendai@Hope-Waldheim.com.
Please join us in praying for Zimbabwe!
Read the latest correspondence from Peter Mabasa below:
We send special Zimbabwean greetings and hope this finds you well. This last weekend saw a team going out to Chibikira Village in Mhondoro. We are so grateful to God and give Him glory for the victory given. The very first Friday evening did not have a fantastic turnout and we registered not a single decision after the outreach. I felt like Peter saying to the Lord “we toiled all night but caught nothing”. We felt led to hold a prayer meeting a great while before dawn of the following day and what a glorious time it was. The following day saw us splitting into three teams and visiting homesteads in the area. When the teams regrouped it was exciting to get reports on conversions from all of them. We had a total of twenty nine (29) decisions for Christ being made.
Come Saturday evening we had the second part of the Jesus Film shown and after the ministry of the word about forty people came forward to receive Christ. We were all so excited at what the Lord had done. The first Sunday service had eighteen (18) adults in attendance. One of the things that really encouraged us is that a team from Mhondoro-Mataruse walked almost ten (10) miles to support this church planting initiative. This is a team of relatively new believers as you may know we only planted that church in January this year!
The vehicle we had hired to come back and pick us up at the end of the campaign did not turn up. We ended up putting up an extra night in Chibikira and then transporting our luggage and equipment by ox-drawn cart before sunrise the next day. Such is the exciting life of the missionary I suppose!!
As we approach the end of the year and reflect on what God has done we are so amazed that He used even us to touch so many lives. We are humbled by the support Hope has given us which has greatly encouraged us to say “it is possible- we can take the land”.
Bye for now and God continue to richly bless you.
Photos of the mission to follow soon!!