Giving Rise to Hope in Zimbabwe

By Jason Smith

Alliance Active Hope partners in Zimbabwe, the African Baptist Churches of Zimbabwe (ABCZ) and the Zimbabwe Theological Seminary (ZTS), give rise to hope in a risky, fragile context. In the past few years, Zimbabwe has suffered significant political and societal challenges. Economic conditions are weak, and the country is facing the worst hunger crisis in a decade. Due to extreme drought and climate change, Zimbabwe is confronted with a water crisis so severe that the average water flow over Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls) has decreased by almost 50%. 

Yet the ABCZ and ZTS continue in their mission to give rise to hope in their context.

The ZTS is a space of ecumenical openness where students are trained to be congregational leaders rooted in their communities. ZTS places a high emphasis on training pastors, one of the few seminaries training women and men, to be socially conscious with a curriculum of liberation theology and gender studies. ZTS equips chaplains, women and men, to serve in police, military and prison contexts.

And the denominational partner, the ABCZ, is just as committed to living out values of justice and peace. Rev. Philip Mudzudzi offers a conflict transformation program for local churches with a special focus on gender disparities in congregations.

I invite you to support them with your giving. Your giving makes a difference. From Executive Secretary of the ABCZ, Davison Mukandatsama: “Our goals will become reality sooner rather than later because of your generous donations.” ZTS President and Professor, Henry Mugabe shares with us, “You are making it possible for us to continue to provide quality theological education to the most vulnerable people in our country.”

Make a gift to the ABCZ and the ZTS through the Alliance of Baptists and help our partners continue to give rise to hope. Please give generously this Advent season. 

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