1st November 2018
On Sunday evening, Deb and I will be flying to Zimbabwe to spend the week with friends at River of Life Church in Harare. We are very much looking forward to our trip, our seventh visit there – God has placed this amazing nation on our hearts and we are excited about the developing church-to-church relationship between King’s and River of Life. On this occasion, we are delighted to be travelling with a small team from King’s, William Dalziel, Simon Linley and Birgit Linley.
Scott Marques (leader of River of Life and the DNA family of churches) has planned a full programme for us, and we would appreciate your prayers as we travel:
Monday: Arrive in Harare around lunchtime. Evening with River of Life elders and wives.
Tuesday: Early start (they are a nation of early risers!) for a 7.00am flight down to Bulawayo, where we will spend the day with Renee Cunningham at the Ebenezer farming project. This is a fantastic initiative for young adults that offers Christian discipleship alongside training in business and farming skills. (Some of you may remember that King’s raised an amazing £35,000 in 2016 which went towards building much-needed staff accommodation and buying a new truck for transporting goods.) In the evening I will be speaking to a group of leaders from Scott’s DNA family of churches.
Wednesday: Fly back to Harare to visit The Michael Project (which includes a children’s home and several pre-schools) and to discuss Crosssover, the education project we are partnering with to write a curriculum - a great example of sharing resources!
Thursday: Spend the day with River of Life senior leaders. In the evening we will be speaking as a team to a group of students.
Friday: Flight back to Johannesburg.
Deb and I then have a couple of days holiday around Johannesburg before flying back on Monday.
You may have picked up from the news that Zimbabwe is once again facing huge economic challenges. With memories of the crisis caused by the hyperinflation of 2008 still fresh for many, people are naturally anxious. Please pray that we would be both a blessing and an encouragement to everyone we meet, that the church would continue to put their trust in God who works all things for good, and that the Gospel would continue to advance in Zimbabwe.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.