News Update - May 2016

Drought and famine relief

The trustees are deeply grateful for the overwhelming response of both churches and individual believers to our appeal in February for funds to support the Lord’s people in Zimbabwe during the drought and famine conditions being experienced in the country. We have received in excess of £25000 and of this we have already allocated over £21000 to be used for relief programmes over the next six months. The famine conditions are expected to last at least until the harvest season next March and we are looking to the Lord in faith for further funds to enable us to continue our support through into next year.

The famine relief money has all been sent to known and trusted contacts in the churches who we work with when on the ground in Zimbabwe and reports are being received on the way the funding is being used. In Mt Darwin in the north of the country funds have been used to purchase sacks of maize meal for households where there are orphan children and also to support an existing feeding programme for orphans in another community. It is planned to develop this programme by supplementing the sacks of meal with the purchase of supplies of beans or dried fish to provide protein. In Harare food supplies have been purchased and distributed to needy families in some churches whose pastors attend the Training of Trainers programme. In the south of the country the funds are being used to purchase sacks of maize meal which are then distributed to needy believers in up to 200 rural ‘bush churches’ and in Bulawayo support is given to an ongoing feeding programme for widows and orphans. In addition sacks of maize meal and beans, which provide essential protein, have been distributed to needy families in churches in both Harare and Bulawayo. We are also giving support to a Christian School in rural Wiltshire to enable them to provide a mid-day meal on a daily basis for the next six months for 40 day pupils who come from needy families. Give thanks to the Lord for the amazing response to our famine relief appeal and pray these food distribution and feeding programmes will be a source of comfort and help to the believers who benefit.

Harvest Services

In view of the need for ongoing support for the believers in Zimbabwe through the difficult months ahead we would like to ask whether your church might consider focusing on the needs of that country in any Harvest Thanksgiving services you might hold and consider having a special offering that could be given to our famine relief appeal. We believe it is vital that we are able to continue our support for the famine relief programmes mentioned above as well as give consideration to assisting with the purchase of seed and fertiliser for the planting season later this year. We pray that the Lord in His mercy might give a harvest next year to provide for the needs of His people and the nation. Please contact our secretary, Roger Prime. If you would like a power-point presentation on the famine situation sent through to use in your Harvest services.

Boreholes

One of the essential needs in drought conditions is to provide rural communities with clean safe water and the development of irrigation schemes to support the growing of crops. Over the past two years we have partnered with Meadow Way Chapel in Norwich as they have provided the funding for two such boreholes to be drilled in two villages in a very rural area over 200 kilometres east of Bulawayo. Plans are now underway for a third borehole to be drilled in another rural community in a similar area, again funded by the Meadow Way Chapel. Our famine relief funds are also being used to support a feeding programme for orphan children in these rural communities. Give thanks to God for this further provision of a borehole.

Trustees visit in May

Three of our trustees will be visiting Zimbabwe between 6th and 13th May when our chairman, Chris Boyes, will be visiting the Mt Darwin area to discuss with Pastor James Kambudzi the further development of the livelihood Goat Project ‘Tariro Yeupenyu’ – Hope for Life, which is supported by the Trust. Chris will also discuss with James and Pastor Trymore Mateyanganga the development of the famine relief distribution programme in that area and the orphan feeding programme. Derek French and Maciek Stolarski, along with Mary Stolarski will be in the country for the Training of Trainers programme, a Pastors and wives conference and two ladies day conferences – the details of which are below. We believe that, whilst in this and our previous news update, the focus has been on the humanitarian needs among the Lord’s people, we remain committed also to supporting them in their spiritual needs. It is also important to stress that the air fares for these visits are all being covered by the Lord’s people independently and there is no charge on the funds of the Trust for these. Please pray for safety in travel and good health for each of our trustees during their time in Zimbabwe

Training of Trainers

The training of Trainers programme will run from Monday 9th May to Friday 13th May when Maciek will be leading sessions on Preaching Mark’s Gospel, Derek will lead sessions on Hebrews and William Danyere will lead sessions on Colossians (William is a Zimbabwean Pastor). Please pray for these training sessions, that the men who are being taught will, themselves, be able to pass on the teaching they receive to other Pastors around the country through indigenous Preachers Workshops which are funded through the Trust.

Pastors’ & Wives conference

This will be held on Saturday 7th May when Derek, Maciek and Mary will be involved in bringing Biblical teaching to a group of Pastors and their wives. This will be the second such conference and we would ask you to pray it would be used by the Lord to strengthen both the Pastors and their wives in their understanding of God’s truth and equip them in their service for Him.

Ladies Conferences

Ladies day conferences, led by Mary Stolarski, will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday – 10th & 11th May and we would ask you to pray for Mary as she leads these and that the teaching and fellowship will be a great encouragement to the ladies attending.

If you would like to give to the work of the Trust donations can be made in a number of ways:-

  • Paid in directly at any branch of the Nationwide Building Society, or online, to the account of Zimbabwe Partnership Trust, Account No 33333334 Sort Code 07-00-93 quoting reference 0216/704206836 (It would be helpful to let Roger Prime, ZPT Secretary, know of your donation, as below, indicating if your gift is specifically for famine relief)
  • Online donations can also be made at give.net/20174075
  • By cheque: made payable to Zimbabwe Partnership Trust, Post to: -Roger Prime, ZPT Secretary, as below
  • By standing order - Please contact Roger Prime, ZPT Secretary for the necessary form
  • Gift Aid – If you pay Income Tax and would like to make your gift go further by signing a Gift Aid Declaration, please contact Roger Prime, ZPT Secretary for the necessary form
  • We are also registered as a Charity with CAF and Stewardship Services to receive donations via this means

Thank you for your continued prayer support for the Lord’s people in Zimbabwe and for the work we seek to do as a Trust in ministering to their spiritual and practical needs.

Roger Prime Secretary of ZPT rogerprime@btinternet.com 3 Guildhall Road, Worlingham, Beccles, NR34 7SE 01502 714793