Pastors in Zimbabwe already Partnered:
ZimbabweZimbabwe is a land locked country adjoining the Northern frontier of South Africa, with a population of approximately 11 million. Formerly the self-governing colony of Rhodesia, it used to have a thriving mixed economy, based on agriculture and mining, with well developed (by African standards), secondary Commerce and Industry.
Infrastructure, Health & Education were well developed for a country, that, 90 years prior to Independence in 1980, was raw bush, with a population of about 300,000.
After Independence, following an 8 year bush war - progress, especially in health & education continued to be made. However, in the 90’s, policies of government started to cause an increase in inflation, which resulted in a worsening of the economic situation for the country. This resulted in the emergence, especially in the towns, of considerable opposition.
After a referendum in 1999, which the government lost, blaming this loss on the +/-4000 white commercial farmers, the government then proceeded with a policy to secure it’s power. They removed most of the farmers by giving the land to their supporters. The result of this policy has caused the world record of inflation, serious food shortages, huge shrinkage of the whole economy and the complete collapse of the local currency. There is 90% unemployment, health & education are in a parlous state - Water and power shortages are an ongoing problem, & there has been massive emigration. It is estimated that +/- 4 million have left, with only 10% of the white community remaining. On top of all this, is the huge loss of life and hardship caused by the AIDS pandemic, with probably over 2 million orphans. The country no longer has it’s own currency, but uses the US $ and SA Rand.
In spite of this extreme hardship and suffering, many churches are flourishing- people are turning to God-