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October 2015
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Training in Zimbabwe

In June 2015, Maciek and Mary Stolarski, along with Derek French, left the UK bound for Zimbabwe. For Maciek and Derek, this was their eighth visit to the country since 2008 for the primary purpose of training pastors. This year they were participating in the fifth Training of Trainers course (TOT). Mary’s presence in more recent years has given her the opportunity to lead a ladies’ conference as well. And, this year, all three were involved in a conference for married couples. Over the past eight years, Chris Boyes, chairman of the Zimbabwe Partnership Trust (ZPT), Roger and Gill Prime (Roger is ZPT’s secretary) and...

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October 2015
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Zimbabwe Partnership Trust

The Zimbabwe Partnership Trust was formed in July 2011 as a result of visits to the country by Derek French, Maciek and Mary Stolarski, Chris Boyes, and Roger and Gill Prime. While in Zimbabwe, we saw the desperate needs among many of the Lord’s people caused by the economic crisis the country has faced for a number of years. This has left 90 per cent of the population without regular employment. The Lord laid on our hearts the burden to set up the Trust to partner with churches and individual believers in Zimbabwe, to achieve the objectives of supporting the churches in their ministry and...

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February 2012
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Missionary Spotlight

Facts Area: 150,873 square miles.   Neighbouring countries:   Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa. Environment:   Zimbabwe is landlocked, with a tropical climate moderated by higher altitude, and a rainy season lasting from November to March. The River Zambezi forms the nation’s north-eastern boundary and is famous for its Victoria Falls. Capital:   Harare (2.3 million). Other city: Bulawayo. Population:   11.3 million approximately. Zimbabwe has one of the world’s highest infection rates from AIDS. Life expectancy at birth is only 37 years. Ethnic groups:   African 98% – Shona (8 million), Ndebele (1.5 million) and over 40 other indigenous groups; Asian, European and...

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Thousands of miles, to receive Jesus!
December 2009
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Thousands of miles, to receive Jesus!

Thousands of miles, to receive Jesus!   I was born in Zimbabwe of devout Roman Catholic parents and attended Catholic schools. I was baptised and confirmed at an early age and started serving mass while at primary school.   Church attendance was compulsory during my primary and secondary school years. However, it was just a formality really. Immediately after completing ‘O’ levels, I joined the Zimbabwe Republic Police, who became my employers for the next 22 years. During this time I stopped thinking about God.      I was a young lad working for the first time in a newly independent country, in a job that...

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March 2008
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Missionary Spotlight – Zimbabwe’ a nation falling apart

Zimbabwe’ a nation falling apart How does one describe Zimbabwe today? We no longer pay close attention to inflation figures – November’s were quoted as 10,000-14,000% (yes, the zeroes are correct!). There is no end in sight to the economic collapse. The street assessment is that those in power are making so much corrupt money out of the disastrous situation that there is no desire to change it. Why kill the goose that lays the golden egg – even if that goose gobbles up the common people? The country’s infrastructure is falling apart. Daily power and water cuts are the norm. The roads are littered...

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August 2002
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Missionary Spotlight

Facts Area: 150,873 square miles.   Neighbouring countries:   Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa. Environment:   Zimbabwe is landlocked, with a tropical climate moderated by higher altitude, and a rainy season lasting from November to March. The River Zambezi forms the nation’s north-eastern boundary and is famous for its Victoria Falls. Capital:   Harare (2.3 million). Other city: Bulawayo. Population:   11.3 million approximately. Zimbabwe has one of the world’s highest infection rates from AIDS. Life expectancy at birth is only 37 years. Ethnic groups:   African 98% — Shona (8 million), Ndebele (1.5 million) and over 40 other indigenous groups; Asian, European and...

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Missionary Spotlight
August 2002
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Missionary Spotlight

Meeting the needs Edited from a personal letter (with permission)   Greetings in the victorious name of Christ our risen Lord! I have been pastoring a small independent reformed church in Zimbabwe called the Reason of Hope Ministries for the past seven years. Our church holds to the Helvitic, Heidelberg, Belgic and Westminster confessions. A major part of my ministry has been to produce literature that teaches these Reformed truths to our local congregation. I have written two commentaries (on Acts and John’s Gospel) in an attempt to meet the vast needs for Bible teaching. These commentaries are available in a small, cheap, booklet format...

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Missionary Spotlight
August 2002
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Missionary Spotlight

The challenge of Zimbabwe   T rue Christianity was first introduced to Zimbabwe in the nineteenth century through the ministry of Robert Moffat of the London Missionary Society.   Moffat first visited the Matabele people in 1829 and 1835, before they moved from South Africa into Zimbabwe. He visited them again in 1854 and 1857, after they had settled in Zimbabwe. Then, in 1859, he was the leader of the mission group that set up a permanent base among the Matabele. Obstacles   The labours of this group over the next thirty years saw only slight success, since the king of the Matabele was ‘resolutely...

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