Monday, July 16, 2012

A Vision for Zimbabwe

Pastor Phillip Musharu has a vision. 

Over the next three years, he hopes to see a self-sustaining ministry through which 10,000 copies of The Upper Room daily devotional guide consistently reach the people of Zimbabwe. 

“After a long struggle trying to get Christian educational materials for our people, we discovered that daily devotionals would do that very well for us,” says Musharu, who serves as the deputy assistant to Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa, head of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church.

The cry for Christian educational materials is also a cry for dependable, consistent distribution of resources.

Until there are organized, self-sustaining efforts in place, “distribution is the primary issue,” explains Dale Rust Waymack, Director of International Ministries of The Upper Room.

Musharu and other Zimbabwe leaders have worked with Stephen D. Bryant, Central Conference Relations and Resourcing for Discipleship Resources International of the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church, to create distribution and sales channels in Zimbabwe that can be largely self-sustaining within the next few years. However, the funds needed to launch new processes is greater than what the Zimbabwe churches can raise on their own.

In faith, members of United Methodist churches in Zimbabwe have been collecting funds to help pay for copies of the devotional guide. But, without funds to jump start the distribution plans laid out by Musharu, Bryant, and others on the team, the current standing order for 3,000 copies is at risk of being cancelled. 

 “My friends,” Musharu says, “The Upper Room really helps people have a walk with God daily.”

Consider a donation to the Zimbabwe initiative by visiting and giving to “Africa Intiative.”

Watch a video of Phillip Musharu with Upper Room Publisher Sarah Wilke here: