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Simbarshe and Memory Gondo

Children: Laura, Lowell and Leal

Village: Bazel Bridge

Simbarshe (Simba) and his family live in a small rural village in Zimbabwe, Africa. The country of Zimbabwe has been ravaged by a ten-year drought and famine as well as economic instability. In addition to preaching for two congregations, Simba and his family have been able to help their congregation and community in many ways. Here are a just few of the things they have done in the past and continue to provide:

  • Made thousands of bricks by hand to be used to construct the church building
  • Grew a garden to provide food for those in need.
  • Raised goats and chickens to provide milk and eggs.

Simba is also hoping to have a well dug on the church property in the near future so that the people of his village can have clean drinking water.

Simba and Memory's extended family

Nhamo and Esther Mumba

Nhamo and Esther Mumba live in a village near Bazel Bridge. They have three sons: Providence, Prosper and Peace. Sadly, their second son, Promise went to be with the Lord on March 6, 2012 when he was 11 years old.

Nhamo attended primary and secondary school in Harare then went on to attend Rusiti Bible College. He also attended the Mutare School of Preaching from 2001 - 2003.

In addition to preaching the Gospel, Nhamo also is learning farming techniques and grew a healthy crop of corn during the 2021 growing season. This corn provides a much needed food source for his family as well as the poor members of his congregation.


Nhamo and his corn

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Mushunje & Bazely Bridge Update September 2021

Grace mercy and peace to you from God the Father and our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. 


The month of September is named as the little bird's time. The sun was hot as the degrees were recorded 40-50 maximum temperatures. This month I worked very hard. We had a challenge with ZAOGA church next to our stand. We had a visitor the first week. Glory be to God my wife was transferred the second week. The third week we were busy moving our property to our respective house, we completed the roof of the church shed. The fourth week l went to Br Chadzingwa's home to collect the bricks he gave to church. I organized a group of seven members so that we can construct an electrical line as we desperately need electricity in our houses. The final week two people were added to the Lord's church.


On the 6th l had a closed door meeting with the pastor of ZAOGA at their parsonage in Bazel. The challenge was that they created their own church plan with the meters to take a big ground and neglected the original pegs. They bribed the council assistance to place some new pegs as l refute the criteria they used. I stopped them to fence their premises and first find the original pegs. We moved our case to the office in Mutare urban and we were all advised to pay 20usd for one peg searching and there were 8pegs needed, thirty litres fuel and food, in that case it ended like this as l openly said the church has no money for peg searching now that we are waiting to see them after we find out the original pegs.


On Sunday the 5th Br John Dube a preacher at Chigodora church of Christ north of Bazel visited us at the church site. He worked as the national borehole director supported by Healing Hands International. He preached to us about the problem of the churches in the book of Revelations. He was pleased to see our achievements as far as the church shed is concerned, he donated two iron sheets to complete the shed. The people who donated the sheets including sister Mandianike and group, sister Chiwedere and group, Mhukayatadza family, Br Nyamatore, My family. We are under a roof as Br Nyamatore donated again 20 chairs. Sister Chiwedere and group donated four, sister Masere donated two, my family donated four chairs.


On the 6th my wife was transferred from Mafararikwa to Mwandiambira Primary a school near our house about a kilometer away. The second week was completed when she moved to town up and down at the district office for clearance and it was successful. Glory be to God for this movement and answered prayers, we do not count how much money we spend but the good times we are together as a family l was wondering my kids were in the bush for quite a long time. My gratitude is great and extended to you brethren in the USA for the prayers, finally the Lord harken to our voices. I am helping my wife as l woke up early in the morning at 04:30am every day as she is pregnant.


Br Chadzingwa our church treasurer as well as the Baptist gave to church one thousand of bricks a year ago. He officially announced to church that the bricks are occupying a big space in the field and wanted to use the field for ploughing. We organized in church and on the 23rd l accompany the truck driver and other church members including Br Chadzingwa, we loaded and off load the bricks to church. These bricks are equivalent to $30us. I organized a group as we sat down on 4 meetings on the 7,14,21,28th.Our agenda was to raise funds for the electrical construction. Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority Company was their duty to construct this line but they failed and forced us to do as we desperately need electricity. The private construction company gave us a quotation of $1782usd we shared it among seven households, each will pay $255usd.


On the 19th sister Chin'ono was her first time to attend church service with us as she stood to be baptized together with our youth Br Thulani Chidzikwe. I did not teach her any lesson this lady but she spoke and confessed that because of me the pastor each time I met her l greeted her nicely as she said the way l greated her she thought it is wise to be with us. We baptized them on the 29th with Br Thulani our youth aged 13years. The Lord restored four families and one was added to the Lord's church. The total family members are 21. My duty is to restore two families Nhongo and Mapindu. I want to thank God for the good health we are having. My Nephew Dennis was tested Covid 19 positive the end of this month. I prayed for him. Now he is doing well.


I want to thank you brothers and sisters for the support l received the end of the month for October, November and December. Together with my wife we want to thank you for your love and care. May God bless you all. I am humbled with your kindness and love.


Yours ln Christ


Simbarashe Gondo

Gondo

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Mushunje & Bazely Bridge Update July 2021

Grace mercy and peace to you from God the Father and our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. 


July was cold, the Covid cases increased gathering were not allowed and unnecessary movements. We received some showers of rain as we spent a week and half when the sky was covered with clouds. The first and second week l was working in the garden. The third week l went to Masiyakurima to comfort them for the death of Grandma who followed her husband. We went to the Registration office to apply for our son's birth certificate Leal. I received my first dose injection of Covid 19 vaccine. 


We were not allowed to gather the whole month and to move. Soldiers and the police were staying at Mwandiambira Primary school near Bazel to monitor the movements of people and gatherings. The first and second week l was working in the garden l have some tomatoes and vegetables. 


We spent a week and half when the sky was clouded everyone in the house was affected by flu. We have a neighbor who tested positive to Covid 19 Mrs Hlakama. We feared and maintained social distance now she's feeling well. We are staying with my brother's children Patients 19,Dennis 16,they are helping us a lot with domestic work. 


It was a sharp blow to the Masiyakurima family again as they lost their grandmother before their tears were not dry as they buried their grandfather four weeks ago. She was 82years old. I went to comfort the family as l didn't attended burial because of the raising cases. 


On the 28th together with my wife we went to the registration office about 10km east of Bazel to apply Leal's birth certificate. He was registered after two weeks it is ready for collection. The same day l went to our nearby clinic as l received my first dose of Covid 19 vaccine, the second injection is on the 11th August. Our prayer is freedom against this disease as we are restricted in everything. We ask God to help us as many lost their lives in June and July. 


Our chicken project are doing great as we faced some challenges this cold season. The birds were struggling to grow as we lost 15birds out of 100. We learned a lot l think next time we will be fully equipped. 


I am happy with sister Masere as she was phoning me day after day about church gathering as she was restored in this Covid restrictions. I was worried about her back sliding. I remember the death of her husband in Chimanimani as l accompany her to bury him all the rains fell until my clothes was wet after that she back sliding. It touched me a lot but she returned to the Lord it is my prayer to remain faithful. 


Every Sunday l was teaching my kids and we are attending church service as we invited Mandianike family and Mhukayatadza family for worship as we stay close to each other. Our attendance is 12-15. 


I want to thank you for the support you gave to us may the love of God kindly protect your family. 


Yours ln Christ 


Simbarashe Gondo 


Gondo 

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June 2021 Mission Report from Simba Gondo

Grace mercy and peace to you from God the Father and our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. 


The year's winter season exceeded years ago. June was very cold this year the maximum and minimum temperatures were 12', 5'C respectively. The beginning of the month schools break. The first week l went to town to collect the chicks for the two groups. The second week l was doing personal evangelism. The third week we were fortunate to receive Samaritan purses for the kids. The fourth week l attended funeral of an old businessman from the royal family. Finally we extended our gratitude for the support we received the end of the month for July Aug and Sept. 


The first day of the month l went to town to collect the chicks for the two groups. The church members are very excited about the project since their time is not wasted in nothing. The other two remaining groups are eager and waiting patiently for their time to come and they see it working as we are in the second round. Our challenge so far are buyers when the chicken is ready and to buy extra feeds since we do not have electricity to store them in the fridge. The strategy so far is that we agreed each church member to buy a chicken to promote the project. I am benefiting a lot in this project as most of my fertilizers are from the project especially dried. I planted potatoes in bags, tomatoes, rape, onion, carrots, peas and vegetables. Together with my family we are struggling for the project our profit is not much but we are managing. 


After the school break on the 4th together with my wife we did our personal evangelism. We managed to teach six people but two people accepted our teaching sisters Gambe and Masunungure. They are residents in Bazel community. They were members of the Evangelical church and the assembly dissolved as members are scattered away like sheep without a shepherd. l have five family members who followed the group because of instruments. This month l am happy that sisters Mukahanana and Pfumbirai returned back to the true church. My task is to follow sisters Kuwaza and Mapindu to come back. 


The lock down restrictions was announced the third week as the new cases were raising everyday. The church send three representatives sisters Mandianike, Chiwedere and l to collect some gifts for the kids. We collected them on the 17th and distributed on Sunday at our house as we gathered for a service. It's not the first time to distribute these purses. Two teachers are doing a great job in teaching the kids every Sunday and Saturdays. Sometimes church members left kids behind during services but we encourage to bring them always, kids who received their boxes were 45. 


I attended funeral of Mr. Rishon Masiyakurima aged 88 a local businessman who owned a butcher. He was a member of the Methodist church and the royal chiefhood. I climbed up to the mountain 200m high where he was laid to rest in a curve, people were more than a thousand. This honor is for the royal family not any one. Village people appreciated my present as l saw most of our church members there. 


The end of the month together with my wife we went to town to collect the support for July Aug and Sept. We want to thank you brothers and sisters for your care and love may God bless you all. 


June Attendance and Giving

Yours ln Christ 


Simbarashe Gondo Mumba

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Mushunje and Bazeley Bridge May 31 Report

Summary of Activities for the month of May, 2021:

  • The church yard was thoroughly cleaned by the members
  •  Simbarshe attended the funerals of: Kudakwashe Duma a 15 year old boy who passed away shortly after becoming ill; Ngoni Mwandiambira , A 33 year old man who was poisoned by his wife and Mwashita, an 88 year old grandmother.
  • Simbarshe traveled to Nyakunu church of Christ together with other preachers to confront false brethren and to strengthen the church members.
  • The church began worshiping at the church building even though they do not have a roof (they had been worshiping in a nearby school but were told to leave with no notice)
  • Several members donated materials for the church building roof and other repair and construction projects.


May attendance



Full Report from Brother Simbarshe Gondo

Grace mercy and peace to you from God the Father and our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. 


The beginning until the end of the month of May it was very cold and the weather has changed greatly. The first week together with the church members we thoroughly cleaned around the church yard. The second week l attended funeral of a young boy who passed away shortly after illness. I went to Nyakunu church of Christ to strengthen the church members together with other preachers. The third week l attended the funeral of a man poisoned by his wife. The fourth week l attended the funeral of a grandmother Mwashita. 


Together with the church members at Bazel we had the same heart. We were busy cleaning the church yard and the whole premises look smart. The church members confessed that they left the Lord's house as we attended our services at a school but the time came without notice to leave the place without choice. We constructed two pillars inside the church building as we divided the other place as a temporary meeting place. We planned to put 15 iron sheets at the moment the Mhukayatadza family donated one sheet and Bro Nyamatore donated 6 as we desperately need 8 to finish the roof. I donated some roofing poles and cement, Bro Mashayamombe donated one bag of cement. After roofing we are going to buy some chairs as people are sitting on the rough floor. My great thanks extended to the church members for the resilience and the acceptance of the situation and liked to worship God inside the open house in difficult times. 


The second week on Tuesday l attended funeral of a boy aged 15 Kudakwashe Duma they are related to the late business man who passed away two months ago. The evil force was around the family to make matters worse the whole family was seriously ill. The boy died after a short illness. They worshiped an Apostolic church. The number of people attended were 800,they stay close to Bazel about 500m away. The family was deeply moved by this incident. 


The second week on Sunday l went to Nyakunu church of Christ including Br and sister Gushakusha, Br and sister Mafusire, Br Makunike, Br Phiri, Br Kairezi. At Nyakunu they were some false brethren who want to take over after the death of Br Taurai Maraire we call them AntiChrist who used money to take the church members and give them hand outs so that they possess the church assets and members after some time they abandoned them and move on to another. We went there to dismiss them as we know them with their works, the church members were thoroughly informed through teaching and they have accepted our advises. I song lead, Br Phiri preached and Br Siwedi was presiding on the Lord's table. We were 45 and the giving was $12usd. 


On the 20th l attended a funeral of a man aged 33Ngoni Mwandiambira who died a painful death after he was poisoned by his wife. No reason towards his death wasn't announced but the wife disappeared after his burial. It was so painful as l comforted the family. 


On the 25th l attended a funeral of a grandmother Mwashita aged 88.She was a humble woman as l saw her during my personal evangelism. People who attended were 650. She was a member of the Anglican church. My presence was greatly appreciated by the community. 


I want to thank you for your support may the Lord bless you and your family. 


Yours ln Christ 


Simbarashe Gondo 

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September 2021 Update from Nhamo and Esther

We thank God for continuing to enabling us to sail through difficult years since Covid-19 hit the entire world in 2019. The effects of the current Covid -19 is still with us. This is not easy however, we are managing through the providence of God. We are also very humbled brethren by your commitment, prayers and your financial support. May God continue to walk in your midst.


PREACHING AND TEACHING

I preached and taught Bible study throughout the entire month of September. I also got one invitation from a sister congregation where I taught about church leadership. Sometimes the community around us asks me to help with preaching during funeral wakes. In September alone I attended three funeral wakes in our community.

On the 18th of September, 2021 I was asked by community chairman to give a short message to a community gathering before they got vaccinated at a community clinic.


SOUP KITCHEN

My wife and I are planning to start a soup kitchen at our small congregation. Our goal is to win orphans, and vulnerable children to Christ. So do pray for us.


DOOR KNOCKING

The last two weeks of Septmber, 2021 were busy doing door to door knocking. During this effort, we managed to engage with several new prospects. Last Sunday we had two prospects who came for our Sunday worship. May you please pray for them that the Lord may open their hearts.


VISIT TO OLD PEOPLE'S HOME

We managed to to visit old people's home in our poor community twice during the month of September. I had an opportunity to share the gospel there. But I was so much touched with the hard life which the citizens are facing there. Many sleeps on the cold floor with no proper blankets.


HARVESTING OF KING ONION ON OUR BACKYARD GARDEN

On the 25th of September, we managed to harvest some king onion on our backyard garden. We gave some to our poor members. We are now getting prepared to start ploughing in our renting field. We usually receive our first rain at the end of October.


CURRENT SITUATION IN ZIMBABWE

We want to thank the Lord that the current situation concerning Covid-19 is now much better. Churches are now allowed to meet for worship but with limited number. As i write this about 3 million people in Zimbabwe had been vaccinated.


PRAYER REQUESTS

Please continue to pray for us and our work. Pray also for our leaders in Zimbabwe. Pray for our poor members that they may not loose heart during this difficult time where many survives by doing mini piece works.


In Christ.

Nhamo Mumba 

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August 2021 Report from Nhamo and Esther

Dear Brethren


We greet you all in the name of Jesus. We hope our report finds you all in good health. We are now in summer season and we do expect a great decline for Covid-19 cases. 


COVID-19 CHALLENGES

Despite all the challenges that came with the Covid-19 pandemic,we are thankful to report that July and August were the most worsest difficult months. Covid cases were extremely high as well as deaths. We witnessed some of our fellow preachers succumbed to Covid-19. We failed to fulfill some of our activities as a church. Because of this on going Covid-19, all our ministries are greatly impacted. My wife and i will remain faithful in continuing to serve our poor community and church families despite all the challenges which are being presented by Covid-19. Because of this extra hard work, we continue giving thanks to our dear Lord for his divine protection. 


BACKYARD GARDEN

On the first week of August, 2021 I was busy working in our back yard garden. We also managed to give some of the vegetables to our poor members who does not have backyards garden due to water problem. God willing, tomorrow I will be planting tomatoes in one of the two raised beds which I made yesterday. Our king onion bed is also doing well. 


DOOR TO DOOR KNOCKING

No door to door knocking has been done in August, 2021 due to lockdown and we are still in lockdown. We are just praying that the lockdown will be uplifted. Cases and deaths has significantly dropped. 


SUNDAY WORSHIP

We had been meeting in our home as family for Sunday worship. Then I would make sure that I send my sermon and teaching to every member through WhatsApp or SMS messages. Churches have been told to reopen by the government but as I write this very few churches had opened their doors. The government is saying that all people who attend church services must have been vaccinated twice. Hopefully by mid October, 2021 things will be fine. 


BACK TO SCHOOL

All schools will be reopen on Monday the 6th of September, 2021 and this will bring a big great relief to both parents and the children. 


PRAYER REQUESTS

  1. May you please continue to pray for my wife Esther. She is recovering well from the minor stroke. We are still having a great challenge in terms of physiotherapy fee. Each time she goes for therapy exercise, we need to pay between US $15 to $20. She goes there three days per week. Above all thank you so much for your prayer support. 
  2. Pray for our children as they will be going back to school - for God's divine protection.  
  3. Pray for us and the Lord's work in this difficult time.
  4. Pray for our church members and all the hard time which they are all in due to Covid-19.


Finally, we just want to thank you all for your unwavering support and prayers. Without your support and prayers our mission work could be so difficult.


May the Lord bless you all.


In Christ,

Nhamo and Esther Mumba

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July 2021 Report from Nhamo and Esther Mumba

Dear Brethren


Greetings to you in Jesus name. We send our love to all the brothers and sisters at Oregon City.


July was one of the coldest month ever. On the the 3rd of July, 2021 the country was hit by strong frost. More fruit trees, vegetables and other trees in the bush were left dry. The Covid-19 cases and deaths were greatly so high. As I write this report the weather is now getting warmer


Above all we want to continue giving thanks to our dear Lord for his divine protection. The coronavirus war is still on.


OUR ACTIVITY IN THE MONTH OF JULY

We never went out for door to door knocking the whole month due to lockdown. We had lots of chats on the whatsapp with our members as well with our prospects. The Lord blessed us daily with multiple significant conversation with our members. Many of them are in great need of encouragement during this difficult time.


SUNDAY WORSHIP

Since we are not being allowed to meet for Sunday worship services due to Covid, every Sunday we met as family for worship. Then i had also to send all our members a sermon every Sunday through Sms (text) as well as whatsapp. On the third Sunday i spoke on Biblical financial principles. I also talked about other aspects of family life and home management. Iam happy to say that many who received my sermon and teachings were greatly blessed.


HOSPITALITY

On the 4th week we visited one of our long friend at his home place. We were the recipients of loving and abundantly generous hospitality as our host gave up their bed for us and made sure we never felt hunger pains and opened up their hearts and lives to us. While there, brother Donald and his wife took us to a rock hill where we spent the whole day praying and fasting. We had time to pray for our nation, our government leaders, for you our supporters as well as the current troubling Covid-19. When we returned back home from our dear friends we really felt so much encouraged.


NIGHTY PRAYER

On the 23rd of July ,2021 we had a nighty prayer at our home with two couples. What I noticed is that the church is doing well spiritually. Please pray that all our members may continue to remain faithfully despite all the challenges which the entire world is facing.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Brethren, i want to thank you all for your prayers for my wife Esther. In my June report,2021 i reported that my wife suffered a minor stroke. She is getting much better though still struggling to uplift up her right leg. Lastly we want to thank you for your prayers and unwavering support. Without your support and love, our work and life as a family could be so hard. May the Lord be with you all.


In Christian love.


Nhamo and Esther Mumba

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June 2021 Mission Report from Nhamo

July 6, 2021

Dear Brethren,


Grace and peace be to you all. Its our prayer that this report finds you all in good health. 


June was the most extremely cold month with lots of rain showers experienced in most part of the country. However, we thank our Lord for enabling us to withstand such cold weather without anyone in our family fell sick.


BACKYARD GARDEN

On first week of June,2021, I was so busy preparing our backyard gardening. I made three long raised beds and planted rape, covo, cabbage and some king onion. This will help us as a family to cut off some of our food expenses as well as providing vegetables to our poor members who have no back yard gardens due to water problem.



DOOR TO DOOR KNOCKING

On the 2nd week of June, we were busy with our door to door knocking. We reached several households and shared the gospel with them. Some were very open to ask us some questions and were able to answer them. Many of these people we met requested us to revisit them again. We also managed to distribute several tracts.


VISIT TO OLD PEOPLE'S HOME

On third week, my son and i visited the old people's home and donated some used clothing and 10kg of rice. We used to visit this old people's home before the coronavirus to preach the gospel. One of the former staff there Fadzai Duri a single mom with one child is our strong member. 


LOCKDOWN BACK AGAIN

Since the beginning of June we had several provincial lockdowns where coronavirus has been said to be on hot spot. On the 27th of June, our President announced on Ztv about national lockdown. This is another great hinderance to our Sunday worship. Travelling is going to be also difficult since all buses operators were told to stop operating. So do pray for us especially for our school children.Some are due to sit for their final exams.


OUR FAMILY PROFILE

I was born in 1968, 30th of December at Alaska Doromite Mine and did my primary and secondary school in Harare before joining Rusitu Bible College and finally Mutare School Of Preaching from 2001 -2003. My wife Esther was born on the 31st of December ,1977.


The Lord has blessed our family with three boys. Providence 18 November ,1997, Prosper 14 August,2008 and Peace 17 Nov,2014. Unfortunately our 2nd son Promise went to be with the Lord on the 6th of March, 2012 and he was 11.


PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Pray for my wife Esther.She had a minor stroke in the second week of June, 2021. She is struggling to walk . She is currently going for physiothrapy.
  • Pray for our son and the needs for his school fees at the university.
  • Finally pray for us, the mission work and the current situation in our country.


Thank you so much for your prayers and support. We also keep you in our prayers every day in our family devotions.


In Christ.

Nhamo and Esther Mumba


Update July 17:

Hello Brother Dale,


Calvary greetings to you, your family , brothers and sisters at Oregon City.


Thank you for your prayers for my wife Esther. She is greatly improving. Pray also for us and our nation as Covid-19 cases continue rising up with some death records in every province. This Covid-19 has had also affected all school children. Some are expected to sit for their final exams in September and November. We just continue praying knowing that our God is in control. Wish you a wonderful Sunday worship tomorrow.


Your brother.

Nhamo Mumba

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May 2021 Report from Nhamo

I greet you brothers and sisters in Jesus name. I hope this report finds you all in good health.

I am happy giving you a summary report for the work done in the month of May, 2021.

  • BAPTISM – I am very happy to inform that three of our prospects were baptized last Sunday. These are Lawrence 18 and Walter 29 and Nyasha 20 all are male. Pray that these newly baptized may grow spiritual and be fruitful in the Lord’s vineyard.
  • DOOR TO DOOR KNOCKING - The first week of May, my wife and I were busy doing door to door knocking and setting up and conducting Bible studies with people. In the third week we continued to do follow up work with contacts made in the first week. We also continued to knock doors.
  • MIDWEEK WORSHIP - We met throughout the whole month for our midweek worship. We usually make some rotations in the homes of our members. The attendance was bit low in the first two weeks as many of our members live from far places.
  • BIBLE STUDY - We met four times for Bible study. We are currently studying the book of Acts 8. At the end of each study everyone is expected to withdraw up two or more lessons. This is helping us a lot.
  • CURRENT SITUATION IN ZIMBABWE - We thank our God that the Covid-19 cases has significantly dropped very well. The number of deaths per month could range at 2. We thank our government which is also working so hard to make sure that people get vaccinated.

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Please do pray for our brother Adam who is battling with cancer. His tumor growth is giving sleepless nights. Currently he is also struggling to find money for chemotherapy.
  • Continue to pray for us and the work.

Lastly brethren i want to thank you for your continued prayers, encouragement and for your support help that keeps our work alive. There is still much that we want to do and many challenges yet to face. Meeting these challenges is frequently at financial cost, as are all effective work of the Lord. But we are confident that our God shall supply all our need to accomplish His will through good people like you.

Your brother.

Nhamo Mumba

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