Six-year-old Ruko* lives in Chinyaunsunzi community, Zimbabwe, with his elderly grandmother and six siblings. The family received a long-awaited answer to prayer when volunteer Care Workers found and invited the children to the Care Point where they are holistically cared for.
"Please join us in praying for our Life Centres in Zimbabwe. This April, they have increased the number of children in four of our communities; Chinyausunzi, Pimai B, Pimai C and Chinaka. We are so thankful that these children are now receiving access to food, education and health care but more than that, we are thankful that they are getting to experience the love of Jesus through the Care Workers. Please pray that they will feel a sense of belonging and that they will grow in their knowledge and understanding of Jesus. Also, pray for our local office teams and Regional Support Teams as they serve these communities, especially as they begin to invite new people to join their teams."
Kara McLaughlin (International Volunteer, Australia) shares a prayer request for the communities in Zimbabwe.
The community of Chinyausunzi is located within the broader community known as Sakubva in Zimbabwe. In 2012, Hands at Work began working with the Care Workers from the Sakubva Community Based Organisation (CBO) to serve the most vulnerable children. Due to the extent of the need, the Care Workers were walking long distances to visit the children in Chinyausunzi Community. In 2015, the Mutare Local Office team and members of the South African Regional Support Team began walking in the community to assess the need and find a suitable location to support the children out of. Volunteers from Hands at Work were walking in Chinyausunzi when they met Pastor Sunday from the local Christian Marching Church who had a good relationship with one of the pastors on the Sakubva CBO Board. Pastor Sunday felt compelled to help Hands at Work start caring for the most vulnerable children in his community by giving the Chinyausunzi CBO land to use for the Care Point.
Today the Care Workers from the CBO are caring for 75 of the most vulnerable children in their community.
Ask God to bring encouragement, strength and hope to the local volunteer Care Workers who have dedicated their lives to serving and caring for the most vulnerable. Pray for the Care Workers to be unified in Christ Jesus as they live out the biblical mandate to seek out the lost, the broken and the destitute. Ask God for more men and woman to recognise their calling to care for the most vulnerable within their own communities.
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be a servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. – Mark 10:43 - 45
Meet Privilege, a local volunteer Care Workers from the community of Chinyausunzi in Zimbabwe:
Privilege has faced the reality of caring for her three children and one nephew alone, since her husband passed away and her brother left his child under her care. She is unable to find work and has no means of providing for her family. Seeing their vulnerability, volunteers from the Chinyaunsunzi Community Based Organisation (CBO) invited the children to come to the Care Point.
As the Care Workers started visiting Privilege and her children, bringing the love and hope of Christ, Privilege began to gain a deeper understanding of the work that the Care Workers were doing and knew that she wanted to be a part of it. Despite her family’s unpredictable living situation and the struggle that they face to survive, Privilege has a heart of compassion to care for the other children in her community who are suffering. She became a Care Worker because of the example that was set by the other Care Workers when they loved and cared for her family.
“I know that at times the family has struggled to have food in their house and needed to borrow from the Care Workers. Yet by God’s grace, she is a Care Worker who loves engaging with the children at the Care Point and playing with them in the dirt and dust.” – Tyler Ralph, International Volunteer (Canada)
"In the community of Chinyaunsunzi in #Zimbabwe, an increase to the number of children being cared for took place in early July. These additional children have started receiving daily access to food, education and basic health care.” #ServingTheMostVulnerable#Food
Tyler Ralph ( #InternationalVolunteer, #Canada) reflects on local pastors’ involvement in #Zimbabwe: ⠀⠀⠀ “Farai and the local office team in Mutare are busy trying to engage pastors from the local community of Sakubva. Many of these pastors have been around for years, but there was a need to challenge them in the way that they support both Sakubva and Chinyausunzi Community Based Organisations (CBO). Farai and the team brought the pastors from Mutare up to Honde Valley to visit Chinaka Community. They chose Chinaka because the pastors there are very dedicated to the work, constantly supporting the Care Workers in their spiritual growth. ⠀⠀⠀
The Sakubva pastors were able to hear about God’s heart for the vulnerable children as well as hear from the Chinaka pastors about their involvement in the CBO. The Sakubva pastors shared that they felt convicted because they were not doing their best to support the children. They committed to being more intentional in the work that is happening in Sakubva and Chinyausunzi.”#LocalChurch
Meet Kamali*. "When Kamali was invited to come to the Care Point, she was quiet and unwilling to share her story with anyone, lacking any kind of social skills. As the Care Workers invested into her life, Kamali has learned how to trust and interact with others. The more time that the Care Workers have given to her, the more she has opened up." Read more about Kamali who lives in Chinyaunsunzi, Zimbabwe.