I just received the annual report from the Zimbabwe Mission Partnership. I'm so glad we are a part of this mission! I'm also proud of all the people and hard work that goes in to making this such a fantastic mission- they are giants.
The ZMP consists of 10 churches in our Presbytery who partner together to make a difference in the Nyamashoto district of northeastern Zimbabwe. The work of centers mostly around a school, medical clinic and orphan feeding center. Sometimes the ZMP gets confused with our presbytery's partnership with the Presbytery of Zimbabwe (the Partnership of the Zimbabwe- Denver Presbyteries- PZDP). That is understandable, but they are different.
- The ZMP focuses on one area of need in one region of Zimbabwe. The PZDP works with the Presbytery of Zimbabwe, partnering with them and their missions and ministries across the entire country.
- The ZMP works with a local board for oversight of the projects. The PZDP works through the Presbytery of Zimbabwe.
- The ZMP began first as a ministry of New Hope through Ralph & Roberta Pippitt- about 13 years ago. It quickly became apparent that this was going to be a BIG project and would be so much more effective if other churches joined to form a partnership. That is how the ZMP got started. Because of the connections made by the ZMP, discussions were begun with the Presbytery of Zimbabwe. That led to a larger partnership involving all the churches of the Denver Presbytery with all the churches in the Presbytery of Zimbabwe (in 2005).
- Even though these are different types of ministries, they often have the same people serving in both (New Hope is part of the ZMP. I am on the PZDP Committee)
That's clear now, isn't it?
OK, its still pretty fuzzy. Here is what is clear: Because of the ZMP (and the PZDP), lives are being changed. Destinies are being altered. The cause of Christ is going forward. People are being blessed and God is glorified. Check out the report below and see for yourself!
By the way, did I say there were 10 churches in the Zimbabwe Mission Partnership? I should have said there were 11! Eagle River Presbyterian Church just joined the ZMP and now the partnership is even stronger. Its amazing what God can do when people make themselves available.