The Barnabas Fund (https://barnabasfund.org/) in the United Kingdom is a relief organization with a passion for the church in need and tribulation worldwide. On their website it says, “Barnabas stands alongside our Christian brothers and sisters where they suffer discrimination and persecution by providing aid through our partners on the ground encouraging prayer, telling their untold story and speaking out on their behalf.”
One of their partners is the Reformed Family Forum through whom 10,600 families in need of food due to COVID-19 and other disruptive circumstances could recently be helped. One of the areas that could be supported was our sister church in Zimbabwe, the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ [https://bit.ly/2HwczCP])
The General Secretary of the RCZ, Rev. T. Masimba, sent us this good news last Wednesday, “We are very grateful for the greatly needed food supply of mealies that we recently received thanks to the Barnabas Fund. The first distribution point was Siyakobvu, then Binga, followed by Tinde and then Chikombedzi.
“We took photos and videos at Tinde that is situated in the Siyakobvu Kariba district. This area was evangelised by the RCZ and a congregation was established in 2019. Tinde congregation used to be a branch of Gumunyu congregation and an evangelist was stationed there. In 2020 a minister of religion was seconded and ordained in Tinde. The majority of congregants are peasant farmers.
Other areas that were also supported by the Barnabas Fund were:
- Pemba and Namau in Northeast Mozambique where Alta Coetzee from our Ruvuma partnership (https://www.ruvuma.org/) played a vital role to channel the funds to the missionaries, Johan and Enna Dames (https://www.facebook.com/DACO.JECA). They used their infrastructure and networks to help refugees in help of food due to the rebel fighting in that area.
- Zambia, from where the General Secretary of our sister church, the RCZ (https://bit.ly/36J4UeR), Dr William Zulu e-mailed, “… here we have a success story on the distribution of the first food parcels to seriously hunger affected families in Senazeze district Southern Province, Mfuwe/Kamoto Mambwe district and Lumezi district. The Government has praised the church for this gesture, and it is on record. ”
- Angola, via our sister church, the IERA (https://bit.ly/3mH4hYO)
- Central Zimbabwe, via our sister church the CCAP Harare (https://bit.ly/3cIDsPb)
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Food distribution in Tinde – thanking God.