Servanthood during a pandemic

Servanthood during a pandemic

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By Priscilla Muzerengwa
Nov. 30, 2020 | HARARE, Zimbabwe (UM News)

Taurai Mhishi has been in a wheelchair for the past 34 years, but his disability hasn’t stopped him from serving his church.

On a recent morning, Mhishi labored to get out of his wheelchair to clear the church grounds at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Harare. The church is making space for a parking lot.

His gesture of servanthood has been contagious at the church, said Charlotte Phillips, St. Paul connectional ministries chairperson, noting that servant leaders focus on others, not themselves. “This is true humility,” she said.

Mhishi said that that even though he does not have money to contribute toward church activities, he still can offer his service to the Lord.

“I do not go to work and do not have money to contribute, but I thank God for the hands I can use to do something in the house of the Lord,” said Mhishi. “It pained me to pass by seeing the ground in need of clearing.”

Zimbabwe is deep in the throes of a severe economic crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the situation, and erratic weather patterns have affected crops. Prices of goods are rising fast, and cash and foreign currency continue to be in short supply.

The pandemic also has led to reduced salaries and job losses for many.

Phillips said servants are making a difference during these difficult times.

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