“What prompted us to support Cyclone Freddy victims in Malawi was the painful devastation that we experienced in the wake of Cyclone Idai (in 2019),” he said during a ceremony at the Zimbabwe West Conference head office in Harare, where the goods were handed over to Retired Maj. Gen. Elias H. M. Mpaso, Malawian vice ambassador in Zimbabwe.
“The United Methodist Church is rapidly growing in Africa in general and Zimbabwe Episcopal Area in particular,” noted the Rev. John Makaniko, Harare East District connectional ministries director and Chisipiti pastor-in-charge.
Global statistics indicate that in 1999, out of 2.8 million twins born worldwide, nearly 1.1 million (41%) were born in Africa. The mortality rate of twins is high due to low birth weight, tendency to be premature and complications at birth.
More than 80 United Methodists traveled from the U.S. to celebrate the 30th anniversary of United Methodist-related Africa University and the inauguration of the Rev. Peter Mageto as the university’s fifth vice chancellor.
In July, a 16-member delegation led by Charlie Moore arrived in the Hanwa Mission Area to paint the new primary school block. The bishop, expressing appreciation for the team’s years of ministry, said he wanted to join in the work.
Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area said Murapa will always have a special place in the hall of fame among the list of vice chancellors who served Africa University. “The former vice chancellor told us people should know that they are at a university by simply looking at its grounds,” Nhiwatiwa said.
Amid severe economic adversity in Zimbabwe, a local family inspired overflowing joy as they shared their blessings. The Mukandi family donated money to build a borehole, parsonage and sanctuary at Bwanya United Methodist Church.
“The Africa Initiative and Wesleyan Covenant (Association) are pushing for obedience to the Bible and the Book of Discipline. Why should we not associate with them?” said Yohanna, who did not attend the meeting. Yohanna is a member of the United Methodist Commission on Communication, which oversees UM News.
Visitors from the Northwest District of the Indiana Conference and the Wesley Foundation of Purdue University spent 23 days fostering relationships during a July 13-Aug. 4 mission trip to Zimbabwe. “The visit is enhancing the mission of God,” said Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa, Zimbabwe Episcopal Area. “The church is not at its best right now, but our God is the same, always.
Kanyepi is the first female cardiothoracic surgeon in Zimbabwe and the 13th female cardiothoracic surgeon in Africa — one of four of African ethnicity. Chitsamatanga is the second pediatric orthopaedic surgeon in Zimbabwe. “Health has always been at the church’s heart in national development,” said the Rev. Alan Masimba Gurupira, administrative assistant to Zimbabwe Area Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa.