We all find generosity when practicing chabadza

5/16/2006

Chabadza: a Shona word meaning a partnership in which a passerby stops to help one already at work.

Very soon we will gather at Annual Conference. 

Let us all participate in the interpretation and the receiving of the annual conference mission offering for 2006. The offering is designated for the Chabadza covenant of the Mississippi and Zimbabwe conferences. Our goal is 100 percent participation of the 1,147 churches of the Mississippi Conference.

Newscope reported recently this sobering statistic: Zimbabwean women have the shortest lifespan in the world, according to a new report released by the World Health Organization. Neither men nor women in one of the world’s fastest shrinking economies are expected to reach the age of 40, based on the statistics for 2004. Life expectancy for both genders has plunged by two years since 2004. The decrease is related to the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe and to the unfolding economic crisis.

We will be privileged to have as our special guest and preacher at the 2006 Annual Conference Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa of the Zimbabwe Area of the United Methodist Church. Bishop Nhiwatiwa was a professor at Africa University prior to his election to the episcopacy in 2004. He is a powerful preacher and interpreter of our shared mission as United Methodist people.

In this past year, the generosity of the connection has flowed toward Mississippi. In June, let our generosity overflow toward the needs of our sisters and brothers in Zimbabwe.