Heaped into our Combi with all sorts of goods, food, toys, candies and bags of clothes piled around us was the Zimbabwe Outreach team from Ywam Worcester. We were determined to bring JOY to the people of Zimbabwe pulling a trailer packed to the brim with foodstuffs like flour, sugar, oil, salt, rice and maize.
Our team consisted of an American, a Canadian, a South African and 5 Zimbabweans.
The grueling drive crossing almost the entire nation of South Africa, from Worcester to Musina, took longer than expected as one of our tires fell off the Combi while driving near Polokwane. It is a long storyâ€¦â€¦.
Too many other incidents involving our vehicle hindered our travel, but our mission was accomplished.! We visited a Childrenâ€™s Home in Gweru, and Old Folksâ€™s Home bringing special treats that had been prepared for them. Most house visits we made were to pray for people struggling with issues around poor health. Much of that was due to poor nutrition because people were trying to survive only on what they could grow in their small garden plots.
There was so little to buy in the markets and what we did see in stores was so expensive. Most people could not afford to buy ANYTHING! There were long cues at all the banks which could not guarantee that funds would be available. We also saw trucks and cars waiting at petrol stations when petrol became available.
It was eerie to walk around cities at night in darkness, no street lamps on with power outages and water cuts being common experiences for all. Roads were not being repaired and many had huge crater- like holes in them where rains had washed the pavement away entirely.
The scare of the evident Cholera outbreak kept us from shaking anybodyâ€™s hands at church on Christmas Day. The Pastor just held out his arm for me to touch his without having to grasp and touch with our hands. It felt a most unusual way to greet someone, but understandable.
Pray for Zimbabwe. (Carolyn Tonna)