From the moment they stepped on this land Davis and Lucia have not looked back. The Mambure’s and members of the Chinyani Village Support Group in Murehwa have been acting in faith and doing what they can with what they have. These pictures highlight a cross section of the land (5 acres total) that is being worked on. The other part was plowed two days ago. The goal is to begin planting as early as tomorrow. Please pray with us for God to use and multiply what is planted tomorrow and the days and years to come through this beautiful garden.
COA is out preparing the ground for what’s to come…
We are in awe of how so many are coming together to get this garden going. We believe that the food and income it will create for the community is just the beginning. Davis and Lucia have a vision for using this garden work as an example for other villages and families they serve with.
Though we are making major progress and the prep work has begun the timing couldn’t be more critical. Zimbabwe is currently under lockdown due to the surge in COVID cases. Agricultural based activities are being allowed to move forward!
Only 10% left to fulfill the farming initiative start up!
After the COVID-19 response program which saw a total of approximately 400 families receiving food aid, COA membership doubled. Most of these new people came out of hunger yet gained an understanding of who COA is and what they are doing with hundreds of families in Zimbabwe.
In light of this growth, Lucia and Davis facilitated several workshops with new and existing support groups. The purpose of these workshops was to serve as an orientation for new members and a refresher for existing on vision, purpose and objectives of the organization.
Below is a group photo taken after a two hour workshop with members from Chinyani Rural Village. Some members walked more than three hours to get to the meeting. What a commitment to the vision and cause of the ministry.
Parents, grandparent and caregivers who have been walking with COA for years are reminded of the love and concern for them and their children each time a group comes together in their village. Below is a group in Epworth that COA has served with for over ten years.
A new support group was formally launced in Domboshava Peri-Urban Center, situated 30 km west off Harare City Center. See pictures below of the new group and Coordinator, Pastor Matikiti.
Despite all that is happening in the world, COA remains committed to the care and future of the families they work with. Their faith reveals how much God loves us and those he asks us to love in return.
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10
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!
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.