Dear New Creation
Earlier this month, New Creation was accepted as a member of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe. Of course we have always been part of the body of Christ in Zimbabwe but membership of EFZ gives us increased communication and participation with the wider church. I thought it would be useful to share with you all extracts from a recent pastoral letter from Dr Shingi Munyeza, the President of EFZ, calling for prayer and explaining how our national church leaders are responding to the situation in the country.
That makes this letter longer than usual but I believe it is worth reading and praying through.
David Cunningham for the elders
A CALL TO PRAY FOR THE NATION OF ZIMBABWE
To the Body of Christ in Zimbabwe; Servants of the Most High and the People of God, hearty greetings to you all in the precious, mighty and saving name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Son of the true Living God. I trust that you prosper as your soul prospers in the Lord.
The Evangelical fellowship of Zimbabwe is encouraging the Evangelicals in Zimbabwe to host and convene prayers for the nation. Our country is in a sorry-state characterized by poisonous corruption, massive unemployment and underemployment, burgeoning poverty and food crisis, coupled with humanitarian emergencies stemming from the failure at household level to guarantee food, access clean water, health care and basic services and public goods, factionalism and polarization within Government resulting in policy inconsistencies, poor implementation of public policies and non-committal responses towards national dialogue and collective collaborative leadership. In spite of all these hopeless indicators, as the people of God, we are reminded of the following in the scriptures;
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land”- 2 Chronicles 7; 14,
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth”- 1 Timothy 2; 1-4.
Guided by the above background and scriptures, we call upon every denomination and their local assemblies to include the following in our prayer initiative;
– We pray for godliness and good governance within our body politic
– We pray against corruption, greed, lasciviousness and pride
– We pray for our leaders at all levels to fear God, do justice and promote righteousness
– We pray for economic turnaround and prosperity of the nation, and that God sends strangers and foreigners to help rebuild, repair and restore our economy
– We pray for peace, healing and reconciliation by the Spirit of God.
Engagements and Dialogue Strategies
Moreover, in pursuit of the Zimbabwe We Want Vision and Values, the Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations resolved that instead of taking the lobbyist role, the Church steps up to provide leadership as the prophetic voice speaking the truth to power in love. The following are the approaches adopted to enhance National Transformation;
a) Godly Activism
b) Concerted Prayer Initiatives
c) Dialogue and Engagement of Government
d) Dialogue and Engagement of Civil Society
These 5 approaches are anchored by 4 principles namely;
Thus, as the Body of Christ, we must remember to pray for our Church leaders, who are actively involved in these nation building processes, that they be bold and clear, that they preach and declare the Word of God at all times, that their person and lives be safe and protected under the Blood of the Lamb and that they be humble, wise and above reproach.
As the EFZ, we urge the Church;
– to pray without ceasing,
– to be the salt and the light in all areas we are found
– not to despair;
but as carriers of the message of hope;
– let us restore hope in the communities,
– let us uphold the right fast that the Lord desires in Isaiah 58; 6-7
“Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke? Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into the house; when you see the naked, to cover him; and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’ Number 6: 24-26.
For with God, all things are possible!