Here’s Lucia speaking at a recent workshop: Disability Friendly Church – Beyond Sympathy: Towards Empathy and Altruism.
This conversation included a message about how important it is to move past our tendencies to feel sorry for those with disabilities and move on to building relationships.
VIVA Network Country Coordinator and staff were in attendance as a follow up to the first ‘Value and Purpose’ teaching COA shared. VIVA Network has embraced the vision and decided to invite more pastors and leaders to hear this message and take action in their own churches and communities.
Earlier this week Davis was part of a meeting hosted by Tearfund and Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ).
This group discussed the truth about people with disabilities and ideas for how they can be participating more in their community. Truth is, people with disabilities are just as valuable as the rest of us and have a significant role to play. Our homes, churches, work places, etc. are incomplete without their voice and contribution.
A big thanks to Tearfund, EFZ and 20 more leaders in Zimbabwe who are pioneering change through the right conversations!
It can be so confusing when we think we have it all figured out and then our plans crumble. This is what the Mambure’s recently endured with the last school property they worked hard to obtain and develop. So much hard work went into the previously mentioned school location (Royal Creek), yet due to significant rent increase COA had to walk away and wait to see what God was going to do. Here we are about six months later with an update!
Davis and Lucia own a small property in Budiriro which they believe can be used to serve as a starting point for the learning center. COA is investing what they have in making faithful steps toward fixing up the property. Right now they are digging a broader foundation around the home with hopes of continued growth.
Together, let’s have faith that this small and dusty snapshot will complete it’s transformation into barren land!
Here is a snap shop of a meeting with the leaders in ChiNyani village. As this community grows in their awareness of those with disabilities they will become more equipped to help them reach their potential.
Families and children know they are loved because of their pastor and COA. Last year COA hosted a teaching with pastors to share the truth of value and purpose for those with disabilities. One pastor in particular was touched by this message and asked how he could do more in his village to walk alongside families.
After many acts of love, this pastor and COA were able to launch a support group which will meet regularly with leaders and families. For the first time in this village, families of those with disabilities will know they are not alone and will have friends within their own community to learn, love and grow with their children.
Due to a significant increase in Royal Creek grounds rent, further school development on this property has been put on hold.
There are many important conversations and events going on in Zimbabwe right now which all greatly impact the progress and direction of launching the school. We will continue to provide updates on this aspect of COA Ministry programs. Please stay with us in sharing the story of how COA is reaching families and communities through other aspects of their ministry.
Here are a few of the other ways COA is leading right now:
YES! The income generation projects underway on Royal Creek Center grounds are taking off. Here’s a summary of the update Davis sent this morning…
The first and second batches of chickens sold out. We sold a total of 441 chickens which helped pay the rent at Royal Creek for two more months. In the garden, lettuce is almost ready and we hope to deliver 300 heads during the coming weekend!
Meet Mrs. Priscah Mango, Royal Creek’s first teacher. Mrs. Priscah will be very involved with the Early Child Education and Development Program. She has been working very hard getting the classes and materials ready for her students!
We have an update on two of the income generating projects that will help pay school expenses. Davis just sent these pictures yesterday…
2000 heads of lettuce are now growing lush and green!
150 chickens have been raised well and are ready for the market this week! We also want you to meet Martin (below). Martin takes great care overseeing the garden and helps out with the chicken project often.