Davis and Lucia spent time with Global BP this week! Lucia shared how the partnership between Global BP and COA were able to meet the needs of COA families during last year’s national lockdown. She also talked about how COA has partnered with other local churches in mobilizing care-givers and children with disabilities in Epworth.
The Mambure’s stay connected with Sam (also in pics) who is a pastor and local staff with Global BP. Sam is well aware of what COA is doing in Zimbabwe and has recently spent time learning more about the recent farming efforts in Chinyani Village.
Please pray that this relationship will continue to grow through God’s love and guidance. More to come how Global BP and COA are planning to show up together and love Epworth and surrounding villages soon…
Below is a project summary from Davis! They worked hard and learned so much. Not only will this garden continue to grow and provide in the Chinyani village, COA is already figuring out how to teach and replicate this initiative in other communties of Harare!
The maize is still in the field and in a week’s time they will be harvesting green mealies that will be distributed to those who worked the field.
The rains went away too soon and not as had been predicted by the meteorological services. Therefore the crops were adversely affected. Yet, much was gained by this first attempt. The land was well prepared and so there is expectation of early planting on the same field using conservation farming methods next season.
The support group learned a lot about working together, coordinating activities and managing team dynamics while pursuing economic empowerment projects. The project modeled how this can be replicated in other areas.
Throughout winter the group will be working the fields as they adopt conservation farming method also known here as ‘Farming God’s Way’. Activities will involve: cutting maize stokes, mulching, hoeing out / digging holes according to the described standards and adding manure in each hole, coving the holes and wait for the rain to come. Then they can plant seed in three phases: early crops, intermediate and late crops to mitigate the challenge of climate change as witnessed here this time around.
Additionally, the land for horticulture is being cleared and the group hopes to put a security fence, dig wells while praying and looking for resources to install a complex water system. An Irrigation system seems to be the lasting solution for comprehensive farming project as drought and other effects of climate change remain a permanent feature in Sub- Saharan Africa.
Davis, Lucia, the Chinyani Village and other villages to come deserve a huge “job well done”. This work is hard and yet they are pursuing empowerment so relentlessly. We are thankful that we get to walk with COA as they remove barriers and grow with their community.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)
We pause to celebrate this precious woman who is now in the loving arms of her Father in heaven. Her life was not easy and yet you can see the beauty, joy and purpose in her.
COA has been walking with this young girls mother for many years and in fact, her mothers love was the first seed of faith for COA planted together between the Mambure’s and caregivers. This seed has grown from walking alongside one family to hundreds.
Her life, her mother’s love and COA’s obedience are all being used by God to grow relationships on earth that are caring and just and beautiful.
Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her. Mathew 26:13
When the initial wave of the COVID19 pandemic hit Zimbabwe, a food crisis emergency emerged, especially within the disability community. Fortunately there were angels out there who partnered with COA and came up with a relief food aid distribution program. Our Chinyani support group in Murehwa, Mashonaland East was part of the beneficiaries. Check out this video update on how things are growing!
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