The Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) is calling all Zimbabweans, especially the Christian community, to express their desire for peaceful, free, and fair elections. Organized events are taking place on May 25th, Africa Day, across the country for Zimbabweans to show their solidarity for a new and stronger country and pray for Africa. These events will take place during the ZCC General Assembly, May 23rd to 26th. The theme of the Assembly is “Church Leadership Renewal for Transformation of the Nation.” In addition to encouraging democracy in the country, the Assembly will address the issue of women leadership in church and society, elect a new ZCC board chair and president of the Bishops Council.Read more
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The Community of Disciples of Christ in the Congo (CDCC) shares news that several of their hospitals in the Equator region are receiving new patients with Ebola. In Ikoko, a village approximately 90 miles from Mbandaka, there are currently 21 cases of Ebola confirmed and 17 individuals have died.
Established in 1985, Bolenge Kindergarten of the Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) strives to provide quality education for children in the village of Bolenge in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Village residents and their property fell victim to a wave of military violence in 2005 and have since been working to rebuild their lives and community. With fewer economic resources than previous generations, education is more vital for the village children’s future than ever before. Kindergarten is their first step toward a bright future.Read more
Greetings from Nairobi, Kenya!
God has been faithful to me and my family throughout the year 2017. The All Africa Conference of Churches is where I am assigned to serve as Global Ministries co-worker. The department of Peace, Diakonia, and Development under my leadership had planned many activities during the 2017. It will not be possible to share all in this letter but I will just give a few highlights.
Dear friends, partners and co-workers of Global Ministries,
It brings me no greater honor than to bring you up-to-date regarding my work at Kgolagano College, Gaborone, Botswana.Read more
As I reflect back over my last four years in the Democratic Republic of Congo, many advances can be seen at the Congo Protestant University/Université Protestante au Congo (UPC). New partnerships have been created, new systems put in to place, and new relationship possibilities have been presented. Constructing a future is a process that involves the efforts and commitment of many and a process that evolves with time, patience and dedication.Read more
Dear Beloved in Christ,
Thank you for your faithful prayers and support. I am forever grateful to God for your partnership in the building up of God’s kingdom. The love you have shown towards the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has been a great source of blessing and encouragement.Read more
More than fifteen years ago, a young man named Charles attended my confirmation class at the Groutville Congregational Church (United Congregational Church of Southern Africa, UCCSA). Groutville was the first church I served after ordination. In the past, confirmation at Groutville lasted three or four weeks and consisted of reading, memorizing, and regurgitating a classical catechistical formula. But with Charles and others, class lasted throughout the year. Real questions of faith were asked. Who was/is Jesus? What is sin? Can God be male? What is the church’s role in society? Why are the sacraments important? What are Congregational values?Read more
Before working in a village, it is important to greet the chief because he is the head of the village and needs to be informed of all events. Receiving his approval and support is important before proceeding with organizing any gathering that will be held in the village. I operate a girl’s Safe Center and Boys and Girls club in the Mathora village. Safe Centers provide girls with an after school support group that is focused on keeping girls in school and eliminating child marriage, female genital mutilation, and teenage pregnancies. We also discuss topics relating to health, hygiene, goal setting, and self-love. Our boys and girls club functions to empower young people to reach their full potential. My coworker, Assiatu, and I monitor these programs by creating weekly lesson plans, daily activities, and organizing outreach events. We hire community leaders to serve as mentors who meet with the students twice a week.Read more
As I conclude my appointment to Inanda Seminary, I share with you the farewell address to them:
In 1999, Scott and I applied to be missionaries on the continent of Africa with Global Ministries and we ended up here at Inanda Seminary with you. What an amazing journey it has been. The first Principal, Mary Kelly Edwards, came from the same area of Ohio where I was born. I still have relatives living there today. The only female minister in Ohio that I knew as a child also served this school, Mrs. Naida Sutch. For the last 18 years, this has been my season at Inanda Seminary.Read more