Population: 13 million
Capital: Harare (1.6 million)
Population Growth: 4.38%
Average life expectancy: 53.86 years
Population under 14 yrs of age: 39.4%
Languages: English (official), Shona and Ndebele
Human Development Index: 172
Religion: Predominantly Christian with some traditional beliefs
Living Below the Poverty Line: 72%
Income Per Capita: $788 (US)
History of Churches of Christ in Zimbabwe:
Since 1989 GMP has partnered with the Associated Churches of Christ of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) in strategic Church Partnership Programs and critical COCOA Projects.
Located in southern Africa, Zimbabwe is a land-locked nation that was annexed by the British in 1923 (as Rhodesia). In 1965, the white minority government under Ian Smith declared independence, leading to a long struggle of guerilla warfare, led by various groups including Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU). In December 1979, the major parties signed the Lancaster House Agreement, which ended the guerilla insurgency. Elections were held in February 1980, which were won comfortably by the ZANU party led by Robert Mugabe.
Since 1980, President Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe in what is seen by observers as an undemocratic government, with implied and overt threats directed towards opposition groups and supporters. The 2008 national elections were marred by violence to the point that Morgan Tsvangirai (leader of the Movement for Democratic Change – MDC) pulled out of the presidential run-off claiming it was a “violent, illegitimate sham of an election process”*. In February 2009 a power sharing agreement was reached between Mugabe and Tsvangirai, although this did not continue beyond the peaceful but internationally condemned elections in 2013, which saw Mugabe again returned to power.
The Zimbabwean infrastructure has taken enormous hits over the past decade, and is still suffering from some ill-advised policies, including the land reform program, which turned Zimbabwe from an exporter of agricultural produce into a nation dependent on imported goods. The policy of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to print money to fund budget deficits also led to crippling hyperinflation, which has been brought under control over the past couple of years.
Since 1989 GMP has partnered with the Associated Churches of Christ of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) in strategic Church Partnership Programs and critical COCOA Projects. We co-ordinate our efforts with Kiwi Link (New Zealand Churches of Christ), who support some of the same projects and some associated projects.
Projects in Zimbabwe
Showers of Blessing
Established ACCZ in 2007 the trust provides assistance with food distribution, the drilling of wells and the establishing of income generating projects. The aim is to empower communities become more self-sustaining in an economy which is extremely challenging.
Khayelihle Children's Village (KCV)
Established in 1995 in response to the AIDS pandemic, KCV continues to care for children who have been orphaned by AIDS or abandoned in the continuing economic crisis. KCV becomes the family that these children have been denied.
Church Leadership and Development
With the growth of churches in Zimbabwe, there is an urgent need for key leaders who can coordinate church leadership and training, for more pastors and evangelists to be trained, and to support the pastors' ability to reach their congregations.
Click here for more information on how your church can be involved in Church-to-Church Partnerships.
Click here for more information on Churches of Christ in Zimbabwe.
Resources on Zimbabwe
- ACCZ News from BJ - Dec 2016.pdf669 KBPDF File
- Augustine Mahlangu letter.pdf60 KBPDF File
- COCOA Child Sponsorship Brochure ZIM 2014 LowRes.pdf589 KBPDF File
- COCOA Zimbabwe Well Brochure.pdf3.6 MBPDF File
- KCV News - April 2016.pdf623 KBPDF File
- KCV News - Dec 2016.pdf792 KBPDF File
- KCV News - July 2016.pdf569 KBPDF File
- KCV News - March 2016.pdf519 KBPDF File
- KCV News - Nov 2016.pdf521 KBPDF File
- KCV News - Oct 2016.pdf550 KBPDF File
- Motorcycle Stories from Zimbabwe.pdf11.6 MBPDF File
- Prince Zulu letter.pdf49 KBPDF File
- Zimbabwe Focus.pdf1.3 MBPDF File