Wednesday, May 14
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“Youth make up almost 30 percent of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), Harare Synod,” writes Rev. Mizeki Mndola, the convener of the synod’s youth department. “They play an important role in strengthening the faith of other Christians. When we look at the youth, we see the future of the church. But that future is now threatened by the economic situation.” Though the economy of Zimbabwe boomed just after independence in 1980, since 2000 political instability has contributed to an economic meltdown marked by hyperinflation, plant closures, and supply disruptions.
Mndola continues: “With the unemployment rate reaching almost 90 percent, our young people are flocking to neighboring South Africa in search of jobs. The youth who remain in Zimbabwe sometimes feel that they have few alternatives to immoral activities—prostitution, drug dealing, and other crime—to earn a living. Many abandon their faith in order to survive. Yet there are some whose faith is strong, and they have vowed to wait upon the Lord for the new dawn. They endure difficult conditions, without education or employment, but we are strengthened by their hope for a better future.”
The CCAP youth department wants to start a catering program at its lay training center to help young people develop sustainable livelihoods. Already, the Sunday school has launched a pilot poultry project as a model.
—Dr. Douglas Tilton, PC(USA) regional liaison for Southern Africa
Let us join in prayer for:
Church of Central Africa Presbyterian– Harare Synod: Rev. Libias Boloma, general secretary, Rev. Pattison Chirongo, moderator • Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa–Presbytery of Zimbabwe (UPCSA Zimbabwe): Mr. Munyaradzi Kwenje, presbytery clerk, Rev. Matorofa Mutonganavo, moderator • Zimbabwe Council of Churches: Rev. Dr. Solomon Zwana, general secretary • Lovemore Home for Boys
Denver Presbytery, with the UPCSA Zimbabwe
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Creator God, you make all things new. Thank you for those who nurture shoots of hope in the midst of despair. Prosper these efforts, Lord, and remind us that we are called to collaborate, so that all may share in your abundance. Amen.