By Kudzai Chingwe
Dec. 14, 2021 | HARARE, Zimbabwe (UM News)
Before COVID-19 struck Zimbabwe early last year, the effects of AIDS had already left many orphans and vulnerable children and youth. Since then, the pandemic has added to the number and increased the demand for nurturing and educating affected children.
Recently, the United Kingdom Mission Area of The United Methodist Church commemorated Orphan Sunday by donating almost $18,000 U.S. toward caring for 74 orphans and vulnerable children at Home of Hope in the Mutoko Mudzi District and Fairfield Children’s Home in the Mutasa Nyanga District. The money was divided evenly between the two church facilities.
“The orphans ministry is always blessed by God,” said the Rev. Alan Masimba Gurupira, “for there is a great concern for their welfare.” He is administrative assistant to Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa, Zimbabwe Episcopal Area.
“This gesture preaches a lasting sermon on the goodness of God through his people,” Gurupira added.
The Rev. Lizzy Chigwizura, district superintendent of the United Kingdom Mission Area, said she is very grateful for the success of the program.
“I have tears of joy,” Chigwizura said. “I am so happy and at peace.”
She said the mission area looks forward to doing even more with the Zimbabwe church and expressed gratitude for a job well done. “We feel we have achieved God’s assignment,” she said.
Chigwizura said the mission area worked with its ambassador, Jabulani Gumbodete, a member of Midlands Charge, Birmingham local church in the United Kingdom. Now based in Zimbabwe, he provided logistical support, coordinating with the bishop’s office and the receiving homes.