Mission to Zimbabwe - May 2011

This article is in FF News 2011 edition 2 and is available here

Zambia

By God’s grace I pre-positioned 1.5 tonnes of Bibles, books and literature for conferences and outreaches. We had good border crossings and our valuable cargo was cleared without any unnecessary delay. We had the opportunity to give Bibles to some officials. I trust that the entrance of God’s Word will bring light and understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:130).

A Message Travels Fast in Africa

On my way to Zimbabwe, I wanted to meet a certain pastor as he had requested a visit from us and I was going to pass his town. I tried to contact him several times before I left South Africa, but did not hear from him. I made enquiries about the pastor but no one seemed to know him. While driving to search for the pastor, I received a phone call from his son who then met me on the way and guided me to the village in the bush. It was a miracle that this man met me right on time and escorted me to the right place. I don’t think I would have found the pastor otherwise. The Pastor was very surprised to see me and testified how he had been expecting someone from Frontline for a long time. I preached at the pastor’s church in the village the next morning before continuing on my mission.

Rebuilding Zimbabwe

My goals with this mission outreach were to establish a network of contacts throughout Zimbabwe to whom we will minister during upcoming mission outreaches and to minister to those leaders who invited me. I prayed for special appointments with key leaders in different areas who can help me effectively reach others also.

My expectations were exceeded in many areas. I met with very capable and valuable contacts who helped me reach many leaders across the country. I was heartily received by very capable organizers who did a very good job of arranging the conferences, some on short notice and amidst the busyness of the Easter weekend.

I still experienced difficulty with communication in Zimbabwe due to poor cell phone signal and frequent electricity cuts.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people .” Proverbs 14:34

Zimbabwe Leader’s Conferences

I did conferences for church leaders in 5 cities and towns. I introduced Frontline Fellowship, Africa Christian Action and William Carey Bible Institute. I presented lectures on Discipleship, Leadership, Biblical Worldview and Evangelism. At every conference I gave the leaders books that will equip them for their work of ministry. All the leaders expressed their heartfelt thanks for the teachings and the books that I gave them. One pastor wrote to me saying:

“I am humbled by your obedience to the Word of God and traveling to us just for one important thing, to equip Christians here in Zimbabwe. Even though there is a lot of political confusion, you allowed yourself to be part of those who suffer…”

One conference was attended by key chaplains. I gave them copies of Frontline Fellowship’s Chaplains Hand Book and was invited to do Chaplains training in Zimbabwe.

Easter Services

I preached at Easter services at a Cathedral. During the time in Zimbabwe, I preached at 3 services and presented 24 lectures at the conferences to 184 leaders. The invitations for future ministry were overwhelming. These spiritual leaders seem to be yearning for change – spiritual Revival and Biblical Reformation.

Boxes With Love

After the morning service on Good Friday, I ministered to many pensioners who receive the Boxes with Love. They asked that I should convey their thanks to all those who are involved in contributing and packing:

“I write on behalf of one and ALL who received your ‘Love Boxes’ recently with ever grateful hearts and not knowing how to thank sufficiently ALL who are involved - starting from the Director himself, Dr. Hammond, who 'directs the Orchestra' as it were, ALL his faithful staff, the donors, the packers and those who travel on dangerous roads especially here in Zimbabwe”

News Media

Through the Zimbabwean state-controlled news media, political messages are riddled with deception, misinformation, blame shift, intimidation, threats, and character assassination. The media is advertising that elections are due for 2011, but trustworthy sources agree that elections will not be possible until the end of 2012. According to the Agreement between the unity government the constitution should be revised before the next election, but the process of rewriting the constitution is delayed at every turn. The police must give permission for any public meeting and this causes delays as it interferes with constitutional meetings and is used to frustrate the process.

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bear rule, the people mourn.” Proverbs 29:2

Prayer Meeting Disrupted With Tear Gas in Harare.

A prayer meeting was arranged for Saturday, 9 April 2011 in Harare and was advertised in the local newspapers. The aim was to pray for peace and stability in Zimbabwe. The meeting was attended by church leaders from all denominations. The organizers were warned that the prayer meeting would not be allowed by the police. The venue was planned at a public school, the St Peters School, because of the large number of people that was expected, but because of threats from the police, the venue was changed to a local church. The meeting was attended by about 600 people.

While the people were praying, the police unexpectedly attacked with teargas. Pandemonium broke loose as many choking and coughing people fled the building in panic. Many were hurt. Some people escaped from the building by climbing through the church windows.

Assaulted

Some bystanders attacked the police by throwing rocks at them. The police then fled the scene. Some of the pastors went into the house on the church property to discuss the events and recover from shock when more police (a group of about 20) returned with reinforcements, 14 people who attended the prayer meeting were then assaulted with batons, beaten on their heads, arrested and taken to the police station. One pastor is struggling with an eye problem and said it was aggravated by the beatings to his temple.

Detained

This group was detained in the police cells until Monday evening at 19:00. They were accused of attacking the police with rocks, and a fine of $20 was required from each of them. They refused to admit guilt by paying the fine. Eventually they were released without paying the fine.

Fear

The people suffer from shock and feel intimidated. It seems that a higher level of suspicion exists in the ZANU-PF after the Islamic Revolution started in North Africa. It is shameful that the police would attack a peaceful prayer meeting with teargas, beat up innocent people who did not resist arrest and detain them for three days. No formal charges were laid against them. This attack on the church was not reported in the local news media.

Thank You

Thanks be to God who protected me and led me on this Mission outreach. Thank you to all who faithfully pray for me and for the mission activities and to those who physically and financially supported this mission outreach.

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere .” 2Corinthians 2:14

Please Pray for:

The Salvation of many souls
Revival in individual lives and in churches
Reformation in Zimbabwe
The Godly pastors who keep their integrity and still stand for righteousness and justice
Godly rulers to come into authority
Wickedness to be exposed and eradicated

"…Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your Name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven…”

David Frew
Frontline Fellowship
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
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