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prayer for zim

April 2, 2010

all week i have been in SA meeting with missionaries from all over sub-saharan africa. what a great time to hear the hearts of others serving here. many have been serving for 30-40 years, many 3-4 years, and most have seen great heartache and experienced deep joy as they follow God in faithful obedience.

on my heart especially this week are those living in zimbabwe, a neighboring country to botswana. my ignorance was really exposed as i learned about the great trials these servants are facing.

my simplistic understanding of the current situation there will really reveal my lack of knowledge, but here are some things i learned this week and some ways that may direct your prayers for the families living in zimbabwe. families that are committed, no matter the cost to themselves, to see the light of the Gospel pervade great darkness…

because of inflation and a corrupted, confused economy, the simple act of buying food has at times become impossible. as it was explained to me, over the last few years the zim dollar has essentially become irrelevant. last october the rate of inflation was estimated at 2 trillion and was increasing…now if i need to buy food in botswana, i go to an atm and withdrawal the money i need to make my purchase. in zim, atm lines are endless and when you finally get through, the limits on withdrawal amounts are too small to purchase a single loaf of bread. there were stretches of time where there was literally no way for people to buy food. yet they stayed and served God and loved people and shared the Gospel.

with a collapsed economy and political structure comes a lack of jobs, medicine, food, clean water, electricity… and power outages and fuel shortages become very common. one family was without power for the whole month of december. yet they stayed and served God and loved people and shared the Gospel.

missionaries here continue to see the Gospel at work. lives are changed as people hear about the Bread of Life and Living Water. many missionaries are at work bringing good news to the hopeless and meeting physical needs in any way that they are able. they continue to stay. to serve God. to love people. to share the Gospel.

pray for gregg & donna fort, duncan & tatjana pitts, quinn & martha morgan, and barry & marleen robinson serving in zimbabwe..

// blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kindgom of heaven / blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted / blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth / blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied / blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy / blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God / blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God / blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven //

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  1. April 2, 2010 6:49 pm

    Hi Keely! I always love hearing updates on your blog. I thought I would tell you a random connection with your post. Adam and I are good friends with Paul and Laurel Morgan who also go to Southeastern Seminary. Paul is Quinn and Martha’s son who grew up in Zimbabwe and now he and his wife are planning on going to Congo with Wycliffe. The SBC world is SO small, isn’t it!?

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