How Current Changes in Zimbabwe Affect HOH
Updated Nov 26.
Below is a letter from our Zimbabwe National Director, Charles Kaguda, with information on the recent political events in Zimbabwe and how it is affecting HOH.
As I write this brief on the Zimbabwe situation, I do not pretend for a minute that I know everything that is going on and, indeed, what will happen in the near to distant future. All I can do now is to tap into the Wisdom of Solomon, who said “…there is a season for everything that happens under heaven” (Ecc.3:1-8).
The synopsis of it all
In Daniel 2:21, we read this: “he changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings…” We in this country have all witnessed the fickleness of humanity, in a flash. A “switch” was orchestrated from heaven, in the twinkling of an eye, and from this came the heavenly declaration! We read this in 1 Kings 12:15, “So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from the Lord, to fulfil the word the Lord had spoken…”. I cannot help but see a fulfilment of what is written in 2 Chronicles 7:14-15: “…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 will forgive their sin and heal their land”.
Having said this, I do not for a second believe all have turned from their wicked ways – no ways! But the few, who acknowledge the supremacy of God in their lives, stood in the gap and interceded in our behalf. If this cannot be seen as a testimony due in its time – and timing - then I do not know whether anything else will matter! But there is one other thing that I know with certainty: Nothing can separate us (children of God) from the love of Christ (Rom. 8:35-39).
The military are still negotiating for a dignified exit for the leader. The grieving process kicks in: first the loss (of office), second, denial, third, anger and fourth, mourning and fifth, acceptance. I think we are at stage two. There is a certain level of delicateness about the whole negotiating process. But there is a plethora of other external factors the military have to deal with. Politics is a crucible of melting things, and one dares not gaze at the contents blindly! I do not want to be in that place for a moment. The citizens are very mindful of all these complexities because this is an extremely tough terrain. How does one tamper tolerance with disgust, without falling into one or the other? I could write a book (“the crucible of politics”) - and it will be a bestseller! But I will restrain myself.
What this means for Hands of Hope
In spite of the above, we cannot escape the fact that as humans, we have our fears because we live in a world of realities! The Lord Jesus himself prayed in John 17:15: “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one” (and his influence!). So there it is. But we are at peace in Him, in spite of the fearful circumstances around us (Jn. 14:27). The Lord will keep his own in perfect peace, those whose minds are fixed on him, because they have put their trust in Him (Isa.26:3). I am fully confident the work of the Lord will continue unhindered by these distractions. I know we live in a world full of troubles, but our King conquered the world. So He will see us through this. So much of my preachy bit!
I have not heard of anything unusually difficult from our homes. Will there be food shortages? Frankly I don’t know. Will our homes be taken over, I don’t think so. Are we going to have an election as planned? I don’t know either. Will Zimbabwe have a new leadership? Certainly. Will things calm down soon? I don’t know. Is there going to be a change of good economics and transparent management? Maybe. Am I despondent? No. Do I believe the Lord will take us through this crisis? That’s for sure. What else can be said? Nothing. I end my story.
In His name alone. Charles