The Week in Praise 27 August 2010

27 08 2010

Children and Young People Living For Christ Transforming the Nation

Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path

Grace to you all from our Heavenly Father. Do what the LORD wants, and he will give you your heart’s desire. Let the LORD lead you and trust him to help. Then it will be as clear as the noonday sun that you were right.” Psalm 37:4-6


Louis Pasteur, Antoine Lavoisier, Galileo Galilei,Francis Bacon, The Wright Brothers, Archimedes, Isaac Newton, John Snow, and Sir Simpson have one thing in common: The were experimenters who changed life to this day.

I have on my desk a very revealing note that came from one of my staff members. As we strive to work out systems that will expand our human resource base and maintain high caliber facilitators, the process has not been without pain. In this instance one has seen so huge “giants” that he has decided to call what we propose an “experiment”. This set me thinking deep: What is an experiment? Does God allow “experiments”? Could Abraham have been experimenting by leaving the unknown on what he believed was God’s leading? Was Joseph experimenting with food security strategy never seen before? Was Nehemiah experimenting by recruiting the whole community to rebuild the wall in the way he proposed? Does the devil give anyone an idea or he only counterfeits the good ideas God gives? My object lesson was one and clear: If God had not allowed man to experiment, I would not be able to push a button on this laptop and believe that there will be electricity flowing through a cable to allow me to use this key board to write down my thoughts and push a button to send and believe that over fifty people in literally every continent will read this note. If there was no experiment we would not take just ten hours to move from Harare to England or three hours to move from Harare to Mutare as the Concorde would take the same amount of time between New York and London! If there was no experiment we would not have all the inventions that make life the comfort that we enjoy today. I realized that I am one in six billion to bring a new way of looking at life – what some may call experiments, but what I believe God calls calculated, informed plan to take the risk in faith that says my God is greater than what may cause failure out there. Pray with me that the Church may not shy away from taking action because its not known. Faith is action in the knowledge that God is faithful to deliver His promises as we are used of Him to reconcile Himself with all creation!


Next week Wednesday, the Christian Educators Conference starts at Gateway Primary. Please pray for the facilitators, the organizers and teachers who will attend to meet with God and be equipped to present God through their work. Let us pray for many children in South Africa who are failing to access school and health facilities due to the strikes. Let us pray for security especially at this time of turmoil. Let us pray for the remaining two weeks of the holidays: Parents get anxious because there is no money to pay fees and children find it difficult to get back to routine of school regiment. We are moving into the exam term, please pray for all sitting exams. Pray that staff will be ready to exploit the opportunities that come with the idle non-exam classes. Let us pray with the Nkala family, Mrs. Barbra Nkala’s mother passes away last Friday at 86. We thank God for her life and a very celebratory funeral service that was conducted. Let us pray for the preparations for the September month and specifically the Bridge Builders Race and dinner in Harare. That every SU partner, member, staff and committee member may passionately be the voice of voiceless children as we call the Church to consciously care for the children of our nation. We thank God for Christian Community Partnership Trust who gave us underwears for the boys and girls at Trenance in Bulawayo. We thank God for the opportunity to participate at the Agricultural Show this past week. We pray for those who passed through that may have met with God or reminded of their commitment to God. We are approaching the 88 days of constitution-making outreach programmes. Lets continue to pray for laws that will allow Zimbabweans to honour and glorify God without restrictions or confusion. Today we are holding interviews for the position of Assistant Director for Operations, please pray for wisdom for the panel. Pray for safe travel for Mr. Marufu coming from Gweru and the interviewees coming from Mutare and Masvingo for the interviews.


This is my encouragement to us all especially as we try to serve in the name of God, many are the nine leapers, but remember these words from Theodore Roosevelt (April 10 1899):

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

By this I hope you may be all be encouraged:  “And now, Let us not grow weary of while we are doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” Galatians 6:9-10


“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the “best of everything.” Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.” – Anon

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The Week in Praise 20 August 2010

20 08 2010
Children and Young People, Living for Christ, Transforming the World
Your Word is a Lamp to My Feet and a Light to My Path – Psalm 119:105
Grace to you all from our Heavenly Father.
“…For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly not delay”.Habakkuk 2:3

In our yard are many Musasa trees. This tree at this stage loses leaves but also goes through a very interesting phenomenon: its “fruit” – a pod that contains seeds, pops open like popcorn. Its such a pleasurable sound to hear. But what is even more instructive is the fact that this season you will most likely find seeds from this tree strewn at times as far as 20m from the parent tree.
This has brought to mind a challenge on my own life: Am I fruitful in my life? (John 15:4)
There are times I feel tired because I see no results in my work including guiding the boys, but I realized that the Musasa tree does not stop popping open its seeds even if many fall on my concrete driveway only to die there. (Luke 8:14)
There are times I feel I need to know if I have done well, but the Musasa tree has taught me that it will never know how far and what will happen to the seeds it projectiles out. We have many young Musasa trees coming up in the yard.
The tree does nothing more except to produce its fruit, God guides and controls the process thereafter. Oh how I need to learn leave God in control, only if I can be faithful to do my part.
As we meet more people each day who seem to want God for what they get rather than for who He is, we need to remain faithful as Paul admonished Timothy: “But you be clear-minded in all, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully carry out your ministry. 2Timothy 4:5

Let us pray for the people of Pakistan, China and many other parts of the world affected by natural disasters. Our Harare team has committed to put together some funds to send to help the Pakistani victims of floods. You are welcome to join us in prayer and practical assistance.
We thank God for opportunities that keep coming for the Coalition on Child Rights to share our passion. Pray for their meeting this week at the NANGO Exposition.
We thank God for allowing our consortium on Children Living Outside the Family Environment to meet and plan for the next programming phase. We pray for wisdom and faithfulness in the work we do with children on the streets.
We pray for the school children in South Africa where many are failing to access education because of the major industrial action there. Let us pray that there will be stability in that country and that no lives will be lost.
We pray for the family in Zimbabwe as it increasingly faces destruction – we have more and more horrid reports of child abuse. A nine year old girl is reported to have been introduced to prostitution at 4 by her grandmother and aunt. Seventeen men are on trial thanks to the step-mother and father who believed her and actioned.
Let us pray for SU staff travelling to and from various meetings this week.
Next Friday we will be having interviews for the post of Assistant Director Operations: please pray for wisdom in selecting the person God has appointed. We have two candidates.
Pray for one of our faithful partners travelling from UK today – Farai.
We have a team at the Harare Agricultural Show, pray for clear communication of our work and that many may come to know God even through that.
September 24 is drawing closer faster each day. We thank God for police clearance. We now wait for confirmation of MARS ambulance coverage. Five runners have signed their forms and the “Bridge Builders Race is set to go now. Pray for us that we may be used to bring hope and “freedom” to the children in various kinds of prisons in our nation. We thank God for our target of 20,000 is now 60.00 less already! Remember to let me know if you can raise sponsorship for the race from where you are.


“A tree is known by its fruit”. The Musasa tree does not flower as we know flowers, but it bears fruit. It explodes excitedly as it spreads its seed around. You have God’s word in you, how excited are you? What have you done today to share the Word of hope? Have you given up because you see no result, you have been criticized or frustrated by this or another friend, you are discouraged by the ever increasing rottenness of the world? Learn a lesson from the Musasa tree –
“BE NOT WEARY IN WELL DOING, THOUGH YOUR LABOURS SEEM IN VAIN; THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A HARVEST FROM THE SOWING OF GRAIN” – Anon
By this I hope you may be all be encouraged:
“And now, Let us not grow weary of while we are doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” Galatians 6:9-10

“In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time but the will that is lacking.”~ Sir John Lubbock




S.U Zim Bridge Builders Race Friday 24th September 2010

18 08 2010

Dear Partner

“When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.” ~ Greg Anderson

In pronouncing His mission on earth, Christ read from the scrolls (Isaiah 61:1-2): “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to tell the good news to the poor. He has sent me to announce release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set oppressed people free, and to announce the year of the Lord’s favour.” Luke 4:18-19

The poor, the broken-hearted, the prisoners and oppressed are still with us today in various ways and places. Scripture Union (SU) strives to carry out the Mission of Christ through the SU Clubs in schools, camping experiences, literature distribution and social action with children living on the

streets. Every year in September, SU takes time to bring together partners who share the same burden that God has for His people. These Bridge Builders are members of our community who have

voluntarily and sacrificially availed themselves to bridge the gap between imprisonment and freedom, poverty and eternal riches, oppression and empowerment and eternal death and eternal life in Christ.

Many children are poor, imprisoned and oppressed even in their families. One such group is that of

children whose mothers have committed crimes that called for incarceration. To symbolise the imprisonment of many more who may not be locked up and to remember and practically extend love to those who are physically incarcerated, this year we will begin a race from 23 Selous Avenue to

Chikurubi Maximum Prison Women’s complex in Harare.

Ten runners have been identified and agreed to run this course. You are among many believers we are asking to put together material needs to take to the inmates at Chikurubi on Friday September 24th 2010.

To enhance the work that will release many more children who seem free yet imprisoned and oppressed; rich yet impoverished; educated yet without wisdom, we will ask various partners to “sponsor” each runner as God allows them to. Our target however, is to raise 20,000 USD to rehabilitate the roofing at Sanganayi Creek campsite in Banket. But more importantly to procure bible reading material for the 1200 clubs that SU will be serving next year.

For more information please contact Scripture Union Zimbabwe Office @:-

Address: 23 Selous Ave, Harare, Zimbabwe

E-mail:info@scriptureunion.org.zw,florencem@scriptureunion.org.zw,

lmakon@scriptureunion.org.zw

Tel: +2634252442/4





The Week in Praise 06 August 2010

6 08 2010
Children and Young People Living for Christ, Transforming the Nation
“Your Word is a Lamp to My Feet and a Light to My Path” Psalm 119″105

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, my friends.

‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your kingdom come. May your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. And never bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ Matthew 6:9-13

In a discussion on the role of the church in the constitution-making process, I had the above given as the basic constitution, which if deeply impressed on citizens’ hearts, Zimbabwe will have a constitution that will guarantee love, peace and progress. When people desire to have “God’s Kingdom” in their lives, when we seek to diligently work with God to access “daily bread”, when we seek and grant forgiveness out of love, when we daily pray to be whisked away from temptation we are sure to build life rather than kill, slander, covert, slander, commit adultery and create idols out of things we make.

Pray with us as a Church that we may see God’s hand in our lives today as we all look to rebuild the foundations of our nation!


We want to thank God for the peaceful referendum process in Kenya. We continue to pray for healing where there is hurting and that Kenya will honour God in all their dealings.

Pray with us with thanks giving for the freedom we have to worship God in our land.

Schools closed yesterday and children are back home. Let us pray that they will be gainfully occupied as idleness may lead to various activities that may cost lives and opportunities.

Let us pray with Tendai Gaviro, the Administration . Sec for North Western Area. She lost a nephew to a road traffic accident on Wednesday. The grade two (8year old) was struck by a car crossing the road to go to school and pronounced dead at the hospital. We pray for opportunities to influence policy so that we have officers who can help control traffic bit also teach children and public in general to use the roads safely.

Let us remember the many families that are facing starvation because they did not harvest adequate food last year.

We thank God for the scheduled holiday camps in every area. Let us pray for growth of those who will attend. We continue to pray for safety on the roads for those travelling to the camps.

We thank God that Mr. Mugugu in Marondera is now much better. But let us keep pray for George (vice chair of area committee) who is still not well.

We thank God for a week of facilitation at ALMA where 12 leaders from across the board looked at how they can balance responsibilities in the family and public domain. Let us pray that what they got will be used to change the world for God.

The constitution-making process is now at the stage of consulting communities. Sadly, the reports coming through indicate that in a good number of areas, its a window dressing exercise, many people in the remote areas have been intimidated to a predetermined constitution. Let us pray that even in all that, God’s will shall be done for Zimbabwe. Let us pray for the Church to be actively involved and that sound biblical values will guide the constitution.

Let us pray for the advocacy meetings being conducted by the Christian CHILD COALITION mostly in Bulawayo. We pray for protection for staff members involved in this work.

As this process moves on, the challenge that was posed by Attorney General Tomano, in his submission in Matthew 6: 9-13 above, was that we believers need to stop conforming to the world, but be transformed to transform the world through our lives that will show who God is. Yes the constitution needs to be written down, but the greatest constitution is the one in a believer’s heart.

By this I hope you may be all be encouraged:
“And now, Let us not grow weary of while we are doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” Galatians 6:9-10

“The country is not going to be developed by the number of diamonds, or amount of minerals we have, but the quality of the character of the person and their contribution in the affairs of the country” –Mompathe Morafhe,  Vice President of Botswana, May 4th, 2010 Press Conference on Poverty Alleviation, Gaborone




August 2010 Prayer Items

3 08 2010

Pray unceasingly!

1. Thank God for Gladys and Crispen, volunteers at Chiedza, pray for wisdom and guidance as they interact and teach the children.

2. Pray for Mrs. Mundondo as she travels extensively, reunifying the children and conducting the follow-up visits.

3. Masvingo. We thank God for Mrs Sithole and her team as they reach out in schools ministry. Pray for regional camp at Hippo Valley High: 5-8 August

4. The financial situation in the organisations is not encouraging. Let’s take time to pay for financial breakthrough to offset the current deficit.

5. Holiday clubs will be taking place in other parts of the country. May the opportunity of holiday help children to be occupied with right activities.

6. The Management Board of SU Zimbabwe meets 3 times during the year. Pray for wisdom in making decisions for the operations of SU.

7. Simba Ranganayi is helping with seeing the renovations of Sanganayi Creek. Let’s pray for speedy renovations and that Sanganayi may attract many groups for camping.

8. Let’s thank God for the support that SU bookshops get from many church groups and individuals. Pray for Saru and bookshop assistants for wisdom to source and sell more books.

9. Every year SU conducts a financial audit. This is usually a busy time for our finance people. Let’s remember them in prayer during the busy time.

10. Let’s thank God for Ethel Nyathi who has served God through SU for many years, and she is currently working in Gwanda.

11. Chiedza. Pray for Mercy Chibhamu as she works on getting a driver’s licence.  Keddy is currently studying with UNISA, pray for the provision of finances and success in his studies.

12. Some children are now comfortable with life on the streets, pray that God may enlighten them so that they may get to go home.

13.  Street work. We are concerned that some children who had been reunified have returned to street life.  Pray that the relentless onslaught may stop.

14.  Pastor Daniel Pswarayi has served in SU Council with diligence and commitment. May God bless the ministry he is currently involved in.

15.  May we also remember Mr Nyasha Zhou (former SU National Chairman) that he may continue to give advice and assistants to SU through his vast knowledge in leadership.

16.  Praise God for Mrs. Muzhanye as she does reception and clerical duties at Masvingo office.  Pray for continued good health and protection for her family.

17.  Praise God for Florence Muswakatira at National office providing secretarial support to Directors. Her commitment and faithfulness is inspiring.

18.  Rose Munthali is in charge of the National Office reception. May God keep her cheerful in the front desk. Let’s pray that God continues to provide for her and children.

19.  Virginia Seti has served SU Midlands as Admin secretary for many years. May God reward her in many areas of her life.

20.  Dr Phineas Dube continues to offer Christian leadership training. May God give him more strength.

21.  We praise God for Simba Takawira (Assistant Director Finance) for consistency, commitment and courage in his job. May his family know the goodness of the Lord in all areas of life.

22.  Mr. J. Mathose chairs the Chiedza project committee. Pray for wisdom and unity of  purpose for this committee as they plan and support the work.

23.   Mr Mutenzwa – Manicaland Area committee will be identifying a site in Mutare city which will be maintained by SU.  Lets thank God for good relationship with Mutare City council.

24.  Thank  God for protection at Chiedza contact centre.  Pray for continued protection and safety.

25.  Pray for Ralton Jenami (Operations Director) as he travels extensively.

26.  Pray for doors to open for other funding partners with a heart and passion for S.U. vision and goals.

27.   September is SU month. There will be many activities taking place throughout the country to market SU.  Let’s pray that many volunteers will be willing to talk about SU in churches.

28.  Thank God for the response we are getting from schools on issues of funds, participation and positive influence throughout the country.

29.  Thank God for a growing relationship with churches in Makoni. We pray that all centres of SU may have strong links with churches in order to achieve more.

30.  Makoni. Pray for a district Sunday school teacher’s seminar and a young adults launch in partnership with EFZ.

31.  Benard Chibaya is an SU member and preparing for a wedding to take place in Nyanga. Remember him in prayer during the preparations. He also asks for prayer to God to reveal his gifts so that he can serve the Lord effectively.





Nigel Gwanzura Child President

12 07 2010

One of Scripture Unions thematic area is Leadership Development and the key objective is to develop responsible leaders who are visible and can be traced in society for their values. The number of children occupying leadership roles in schools, churches and society indicated that there is improved leadership participation by children.

Recently Nigel Gwanzura, a lower six student at St Annes high school in Hwedza, who is a Scripture Union member has made the Scripture Union North East Area proud by being elected the national Child President. Nigel was first elected as the Hwedza South Junior MP before being Masholand East Governor. He was inaugurated at the Harare International Conference Centre on the 17th of June which coincides with the day of the African Child.

The Day of the African Child is celebrated every year on the 16th of June in commemoration of the Soweto uprising, when on June 16, 1976 thousand of high schools students from the Johannesburg township of Soweto staged mass protest against attempts by the apartheid government to give them inferior education.

In recognition of such achievement the Scripture Union group at the school was given the whole day of Saturday June 19 to thank the Lord in the form of Revival rally. Scripture Union is expecting Nigel to execute his duties in a God fearing manner as it is its overall goal to build Children and young people to be leaders of integrity in churches, schools and society.





The Week In Praise 9 July 2010

12 07 2010

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, my friends.

A well known “gospel singer” was reported to have been involved in a fight for making sexual advances at a married woman who backs him up. A woman walking from church with her husband is enticed into adultery by a former boy friend. A police inspector shoots his wife following a domestic dispute.

Try this and I am sure you can see the seriousness of the situation: Since you got married, how many people you know have separated, divorced or are struggling in their relationships? A response with this data will be greatly appreciated.

Our dear brother Phineas Dube has been listening to God through Psalm 11:3: “If the foundations be destroyed, What can the righteous do?” Its absolutely clear that everywhere we look, family values have been destroyed as a foundation for building society. The marriage vows do not mean anything any more to most people. The result is a society that is dying physically and spiritually. What then can those who fear God do? What difference are we making in such a depraved generation?

I strongly believe that if each one of the righteous actions their convictions, one family at a time, we will start once again to promote biblical and Christian action to support the integrity of the family, centrality of marriage and sanctity of human life at all stages of development. We can transform the World and one day see that the “glory of God covers the earth as waters cover the seas”.


Let us pray for our families. This Friday, a group of twenty church leaders in Harare are consulting as to what the Church can do to rebuild families, restore intimacy in marriages and minimize the impact of the pain caused by family conflict.

The constitution-making process is now at the stage of consulting communities. Sadly, the reports coming through indicate that in a good number of areas, its a window dressing exercise, many people in the remote areas have been intimidated to a predetermined constitution. Let us pray that even in all that, God’s will shall be done for Zimbabwe. Let us pray for the Church to be actively involved and that sound biblical values will guide the constitution.

Let us pray for the advocacy meetings being conducted by the Christian CHILD COALITION mostly in Bulawayo. We pray for protection for staff members involved in this work.

On Saturday last week 19 people perished in an accident that resulted from negligence- a haulage truck without warning signs was parked in the middle of the road and two racing buses rammed into the truck within seconds of each other. Let us pray for the families affected, especially the children who may now be orphaned.

An associate we work with at Simukai, Mutare, Farai was involved in fatal accident where he is the only person who survived when he failed to overtake another vehicle.

Let u spray for the activities of this weekend – camps and seminars that are lined up. Pray for the search for replacement of staff that has resigned.

Let us pray for Mr. Mlupi who left the organisation as of July 1st. May God continue to use him at his next station.

Let us pray for creation of better living environment at Trenance for the children there. We need wisdom in recruiting the person who will lead that work from now on.

Mr. Mugugu in Marondera is now well. Let us pray for his recovery.

As we prepare for July 23 to 26, please pray for God’s wisdom and preparation of those who will attend. We pray that we will be able to come up with plans that enhance our service delivery to the community.

Many children will fail to write their exams this year for failing to raise the exam fees, let us pray for peace of mind for the thousands of children.

Last Friday we were able to deliver 50kg of maize, three reading books and two dolls to the Presbyterian Children’s club. These were donations that came to celebrate Themba’s fifth birthday. Thank you all for participating in whatever way you did wherever you are.

The Foundations are being destroyed: Fights in marriage as children hear and watch; Fathers who prefer to drink with friends over spending time with their children; mothers who abandon children to go and make money to fend for the alienated children; parents who sacrifice children’s education and emotional development to pursue MBA programmes, pleasure or careers.

How are you doing? What are you doing? What can you do to rebuild the foundations of the family. I pray that our lives will in no way hinder the little ones from knowing God! May God give us all wisdom, humility, loving kindness and justice to allow these little ones to know the True Living God, so they may live life to its fullness!

By this I hope you may be all be encouraged:
“And now, Let us not grow weary of while we are doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” Galatians 6:9-10

“The country is not going to be developed by the number of diamonds, or amount of minerals we have, but the quality of the character of the person and their contribution in the affairs of the country” –Mompathe Morafhe,  Vice President of Botswana, May 4th, 2010 Press Conference on Poverty Alleviation, Gaborone