ZIMBABWE MISSION REPORT
Maungwe Village – Guda District
2 – 4 October 2009
Pastor Maselo Mosomane
“And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:15-18
As we announced on our website and blog that we will be taking a journey to Zimbabwe; we left the country on the 2nd of this month – October. I was travelling with Pastor Moses Lekgagane and Pastor Shirley Mc Knight. We reached the border gate at 12:30 the same day but could only go through by 15:30 late in the afternoon. We arrived at Masvingo town at about 20:35 and put up in a self-catering lodge. Masvingo is a town in Masvingo Province – 300 km from the border.
The next day (Saturday) we travelled 70 km to Maungwa (where we were to preach). The meeting was housed at Maungwa Secondary School and our host was Pastor William Mamutse.
We were scheduled to start at 10:00 in the morning but could only start at 14:00 in the afternoon since there was a community meeting in the village. We had to wait until the meeting was over to make room for those who attended the community meeting. The service finally took off at 15:00 in the afternoon. I preached that afternoon service and was followed by Pastor Shirley in the evening. The Lord led us to share the love that God has for mankind. I used Ephesians 1: 3-6. I like it in NLT. Verse 4 and 5 says “even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes ….this is what He wanted to do and it gave Him great pleasure” We thank God for His abundance of grace and His never-failing love for us.
Pastor Shirley preached the evening service. She exhorted the congregation reading from Joel 2: 25-27 “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame. Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God And there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame”. Oh what a message of hope for the near hopeless people of Zimbabwe. She ministered with such great humility and love, I can’t explain.
The next day I took the morning service (11:00) We continued with the previous afternoon’s message of the love of God and gave the people an opportunity to respond to that love. Almost everybody responded and came forward to give his/her live to Jesus. To God be the glory in highness.
Then came Pastor Moses Lekgagane. His message was primarily based on service to the Lord. Now that people have received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, they should be prepared to go out and serve God. The Holy Spirit mightily used His servant as he encouraged people to give themselves to the service of the Lord. He read from Zecharia 4:6 “…Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts” He made people realize that with our own strength we won’t be able to serve God. No human effort can afford to accomplish what God wants to have done on earth; it must always be by the Spirit of God.
As soon as people realized how important it is to serve God with the spirit; he invited them to come and receive the Holy Spirit. Almost all the people who were there came forward and more or less half of them was filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues. We will always thank God for this kind of harvest.
In closing; we were all touched by the appalling conditions in which people in that country lived. There is so much lack in the country; I lack words to begin to explain. Many people have lost their dignity and are just barely getting along.
When I saw these hardships, I remembered what the Lord said to me one Sunday in February 2009. As I was driving to church, I saw many Zimbabweans lining up the street along Hulton Avenue in The Orchards (where our church is) and I asked myself; ‘what can we do for these people?’ and the Lord said “FEED THEM.” I feel burdened as I am writing this report that I should continue with the social ministry to the Zimbabwean; not only in South Africa but also in Zimbabwe.
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