Mission: Zimbabwe 2014
Organized by: Angela Graham
Angela Graham via Crowdrise
July 28, 2014
My name is Angela. I am a very active member of my community, my church, and my workplace. I love the Lord and have a calling for overseas mission work.
I love the people of Zimbabwe. They are warm, gracious, loving, and so generous. The adults love their communities and work hard to give their children good things. The children deserve so much, but it is often hard for them to get school supplies and basic medical care.
A team from my church went there last year to help with several projects, including visitations to schools to deliver much needed supplies, to hospitals to encourage the patients and their families, to elderly care facilities to help bring new clothing, and donating musical instruments to programs that teach music to people of all ages.
Our main project was to help a church in one of the poorest neighborhoods raise the necessary funds to hire local workers and craftsmen to complete a building which had been left unfinished for a long time due to lack of funding. When we were there, the building was very basic: walls with a tin roof, broken chairs and rotting wood planks for the congregation to rest on, even though many were left to stand anyway. Our efforts led to the completion of the building and to the gratitude of the leaders in that community.
Our small team has been asked to go back to dedicate the finally completed building. However, such a trip is no small undertaking. It requires us to raise more funds for travel, and we do not want to burden our hosts with extra expenses while they take us into their homes. Each returning individual must raise approx. $3,000.
The largest part of funds raised must go to the flight itself. It will be at least $3,000 dollars for those international travel expenses, including necessary medical and insurance considerations while traveling, and to our hosts for local accommodations with the families who have generously opened their homes to myself and my teammates.
While there, we will revisit each site to encourage our Zimbabwean friends and minister to the needs of the children now attending those schools. We will bring more supplies to share with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and support much needed work projects that continue since our first visit last year.