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
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!