>It is a devastated economy (for the full story, click the picture to the left). Grocery stores lay barren with people hanging out on the corner praying for a delivery truck to appear. Educated professionals are fleeing the country for their livelihood, as are blue collar and other workers. South Africa is now being described by many Zimbabweans as the “new promised land.”
What is a Christian living in the West to do?
First: Pray – and don’t think that is doing nothing. Really pray – for all our suffering brothers and sisters as though we were suffering with them.
Second: Advocate for aid from nations and private sectors. The exhortation found in I Timothy is fitting:
“As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.” (I Timothy 6:17-19)
Third: Support ZOE Ministries (Zimbabwe Orphans Endeavor), started several years ago by one of our NC Conference pastors, Rev. Greg Jenks, who felt moved by the Holy Spirit to address the physical and spiritual needs of the thousands of children in the country orphaned by the AIDS pandemic.