Join in the Blast Fast Challenge! What is it? It’s a challenge to sacrifice 1 weekly meal for entire family with critical food shortage! Here’s why… Because of COVID; families are suffering greater than ever before in local communities in Zimbabwe, Africa. Here’s our challenge… Give up just 1 meal a week for 1 month to provide for a family of 6 for an entire month! For what you may have spent; approx $40, you can partner with Chenga Ose Association Zimbabwe (COA) to serve 1 local family. You may never meet them; they may never be able to thank you. Just visit the donate page and when prompted by Paypal, write in memo: COA Blast Fast Challenge. Find out more about COA by spending time on this site and the family; Davis and Lucia Mambure. They have committed to serve 300 families with essential food supplies; that $12,000 before the end of the month. That means we need YOU to join us in this challenge TODAY but also SHARE this challenge with others. Please feel free to copy, paste and share this opportunity to love families in Zimbabwe!
You can also get involved by visiting this Blast Fast challenge on Facebook.
COVID-19 continues to create major challenges for the 1,000+ people COA works with yet God used the Mambure’s heart to do something. Davis and Lucia rallied their friends locally and in the U.S. to give and draw in closer to each other during this time. In light of this, they were able to personally deliver roller meal, sugar, cooking oil, bean and dried fish to the 300 families they love and support year round. It’s beautiful to see God showing up in so many communities, feeding His children through the love and generosity of His family.
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18.
Most people with disabilities in Zimbabwe and their caregivers live from hand to mouth by buying and selling. It is not news that many are poor and live in squalor. However during this lock down their situation is dire and many are facing starvation. We are therefore asking you to give a meal to our COA community. Please connect with us or donate here. We also request that you check out Carolyn Meves’s facebook post and participate in any way possible. Thank you for your generosity.
Our friends from Global BP Solutions joined the most recent Epworth support group meeting. The group opened with worship and devotions. Lucia gave a brief history of COA which started with the story of her eldest son. Three members also shared their testimonials of how being part of COA has encouraged and helped them in their daily lives.
Sam who serves as a Global Solutions pastor was asked to introduce his supervisor JW Oliver who is the founder of Global Solutions. Steve shared the vision of starting a company to provide employment for those in Zimbabwe. He expressed how blessed they all were to be there with everyone and to have the opportunity to learn and work with COA. https://www.dropbox.com/s/qwyu9nm2owirgpc/GSBP-Epworth.MP4?dl=0
Chenga Ose Association and Global Solutions
So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:5
What can happen when two God fearing organizations join forces for the good of Zimbabwe? We are about to find out…
COA and Global Solutions are taking steps to learn more about each other and how they can work together. Late last month they met with children and adults with disabilities and their families.
The program started with praise and worship.
Lucia shared the COA story and how group members are supported and empowered.
The group was challenged to think about their perception of people with disabilities and why. Families and individuals shared their experiences, suffering and victories living with disabilities.
As the group further discussed and defined disabilities two panelists were called up to speak: Sister Mupawayenda a rehabilitation nurse and certified midwife to talk from a medical point of view and Henry Kane, a disability activist who is physically disabled. Henry summed up this time beautifully by saying that he does not consider himself “not normal” because he has not experienced the other ways of doing things.
COA member, Admire led the group in song which was an incredible blessing to everyone in the room.
After lunch COA Support Group co-coordinator gave an update on an income generation project they are doing by making different kinds of soap.
The afternoon also included a demonstration of tools needed to work on finger and hand coordination. Families were encouraged to exercise their children at home to help supplement health care they desperately need but are not receiving.
Pastor Sam was invited to provide background of GBP solutions and what they are learning with COA. Global Solutions acknowledged their hopes of hiring children from COA groups if they have skills they can use.
Davis Mambure (below) gave the vote of thanks, notices and way forward, then Pastor Kanodeweta closed the time in prayer.
This was a full and fruitful day together, yet COA members and Global Solutions are only just beginning their work together to provide more opportunities for people with disabilities in Zimbabwe!
More to come…
This new group in Murehwa Zimbabwe has been growing rapidly. At the August meeting the Mambure’s realized that 19 new members joined and other stakeholders attended such as the Social Welfare Officer.
The participants expressed their joy at the coming of COA in their community. The Social Welfare Officer who is a representative of the government expressed their appreciation for COA’s initiative and concern for rural people. The program they said, helped them realize how many people with disabilities were in this particular community and also it is mobilizing people for collective advocacy and impact.
It’s amazing to see this community rising up and pursing the call to love ALL.