26 April 2008

World Day of Prayer for Zimbabwe

I know that I do not usually post about things beyond my family, but this is something that moves me and stirs me. Please read this, especially if you have not been following what has been happening in Zimbabwe lately. We all need to take action.

World Day of Prayer for Zimbabwe- Sunday 27th April 2008

A desperate cry from the hearts of Zimbabwe screams across the world.

It calls upon all Christians of every denomination in every nation to
focus their prayers, in churches, halls, homes or elsewhere, on Sunday
27th April, 2008 on the critical situation in Zimbabwe, a nation in
dire distress and teetering on the brink of human disaster.

Let the cry for help touch your heart and mind. Let it move you to do
what you can immediately to ensure this Day of Prayer takes place in
your country and neighbourhood.

Please pass on this message right now to all the churches and
Christian organisations known to you and to the media as well as to
everyone anxious to rescue Zimbabwe from violence, the concealing and
juggling of election results, deceit, oppression and corruption, and
to bring about righteousness, joy, peace, compassion, honesty,
justice, democracy and freedom from fear and want.

May a continual strong stream of prayer and supplication flow up to
the Lord on behalf of all the people on this Day of Prayer, exhorting
His divine intervention throughout the nation.

"It is by making the truth publicly known that we recommend ourselves
to the honest judgment of mankind in the sight of God." (2 Corinthians

-Bob Stumbles, Chancellor - The Anglican Diocese of Harare.

An article wherein the Archbishop of Capetown pleas for the people of

The Most Rev. Thabo Makgoba of Capetown, South Africa has released a
statement on Zimbabwe pleading for help from the world for the people
of that country.

Statement from the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Revd
Thabo Makgoba:

"The plight of the people of Zimbabwe is heart-breaking. Already
bruised, broken and crushed by oppression and economic hardship before
the elections, they are now even more divided, despondent and, in many
cases, hopeless than they were before. At a time of growing global
hunger, their situation is particularly acute – four million
Zimbabweans depend on food aid and NGOs are reporting that in some
areas political violence is making it difficult to supply food.

After the March 29 elections we were told that if there had to be
a second round of voting in the presidential election, it would be
held within 21 days. That date has now passed, and every day that goes
by without the release of presidential election results erodes yet
further any remaining trust people may have in the electoral process.

From the church in Limpopo Province (South Africa), we receive
reports that the influx of Zimbabwean refugees is steadily growing.
Within Zimbabwe, those who have benefitted from Zanu PF rule are
locked in fear of what may happen to them; those who support the
opposition live in fear of retribution for voting against the government.

It is distressing to South Africans that our rulers, whom we know
to be compassionate people, currently appear to many beyond our
borders as heartless and unmoved by the suffering of Zimbabweans. We
recognise that the imperatives of acting as honest brokers in a
mediation impose constraints on our leaders. However, our failure to
communicate our reverence for the dignity of every individual
threatens the success of our diplomacy just as surely as would the
perception of bias. I appeal to President Thabo Mbeki urgently to seek
creative ways of reaching out to our neighbours to reassure them that
we care about them deeply.

As a church committed to fighting the arms trade in Africa and the
world, we strenuously oppose the sale and transport of weapons to
Zimbabwe. We commend the successful efforts of the Bishop of Natal,
the Right Revd Rubin Phillip, and the Diakonia Council of Churches to
prevent a consignment of weapons for Zimbabwe from being offloaded in
Durban, and I intend consulting with my brother bishops in Namibia and
Angola on ecumenical action to prevent the shipment from being
transported through their countries.

On the basis that a heavily-armed Zimbabwe would threaten peace,
security and stability in southern Africa, we call upon the Security
Council of the United Nations to impose an arms embargo on its
government. We appeal to the South African Government to support such
an embargo. We will ask our sister churches in countries which are
also members of the Security Council to urge their governments to do

The Most Revd Thabo Makgoba
Archbishop of Cape Town

April 22, 2008

Very important: All churches are asked to pray for Zimbabwe on April 27th

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