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
Roughly 80 percent of Zimbabwe’s people identify as Christian. The PC(USA) is involved in Zimbabwe through 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 in the first decade of the 21st century contributed to enhanced political conflict. Many people have been displaced, and Zimbabwe has gone from being a net food exporter in the 1990s to a food insecure nation where millions are frequently in urgent need of food assistance. 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 from 2009 to 2013 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
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
See the 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 140