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Day of Prayer for Zimbabwe (Sunday, July 24, 2005)
Two years ago, our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe anticipated hosting the 2003 Mennonite World Conference Assembly in Bulawayo. Today, they cling to memories of the miracle of that event and the support they felt from their global faith family. They also wonder if that family has now forgotten them as other crises around the world have taken over the news.
An already desperate situation in Zimbabwe, due to continued drought, almost no harvest, a collapsed economy and the aftermath of another flawed election in March, plummeted to new depths in May when the government began detaining thousands of people and burning makeshift homes in shantytowns on the fringes of major cities, forcing people to flee to rural areas.
Church leaders in Zimbabwe are now calling on their international brothers and sisters to pray for them in a worldwide day of prayer on July 24. The leaders are asking the global church to pray:
MCC and MWC Respond to Needs in Zimbabwe; July 24 to be Day of Prayer
Church Leader Calls Global Faith Family to Remember Zimbabwe in its New Crisis
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Photo by Laurie L. Oswald:
During an adult delegate session at Charlotte 2005, Janeen Bertsche
Johnson, of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board, presents about 200
prayers to Nancy Heisey, president of Mennonite World Conference, to be
sent to brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering economic,
physical and spiritual hardship in Zimbabwe.