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News

Pray for peace in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe held elections on July 31, 2013. Presbyterians were asked to join with World Mission in accompanying our Zimbabwean sisters and brothers in praying for peace not only before and during but also after the July 31 elections. Read more.
     Update: In the July 31 elections the incumbent President, Robert Mugabe, was re-elected and his Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front party won a two-thirds majority in the House of Assembly. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) says the elections were free and generally credible, but allowed that some irregularities cast doubt on fairness.—Voice of America. Read more


Background

Nearly 80 percent of Zimbabwe’s people are Christian, but the Christian church faces challenges from Islam and traditional religions. The PC(USA) is involved in Zimbabwe through mission personnel and partnerships with the Presbytery of Zimbabwe of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa and the Harare Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP).

The church in Zimbabwe has a well-educated clergy and laity, but it is struggling to minister to a society experiencing extreme political tension, social disruption and economic collapse.  Land seizures and hyperinflation have contributed to enhanced political conflict. Many people have been displaced, and Zimbabwe has gone from being a net food exporter to a nation on the brink of famine.  At great personal risk, some church leaders have spoken out against injustices, and they need the solidarity and support of partners in other parts of the world. While changes to monetary policy and the negotiation of a “global political agreement” between the ruling and opposition parties in 2009 have dampened political conflict and improved economic stability, many of the underlying issues remain unresolved.

Zimbabwe Partner Churches

Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), Synod of Harare

The Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa – Presbytery of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Council of Churches

Presbytery Partnerships

Presbytery of Denver
Presbytery of Philadelphia

Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique Mission Network (ZZM Network)

The ZZM Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.

Learn more about Zimbabwe

Visit the BBC country profile.

See the 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 140

May 14

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