On behalf of our team at Hands of Hope Trust in Zimbabwe, I would like to thank you for your support towards our orphan ministry. God has enabled you to be consistent in partnering with us in four Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs in four consecutive years. Your week of VBS is like a weeklong on-the-job training for our camp leaders. Thank God the high standard you have imparted on us has been noticed by our country’s biggest compassionate ministry –Higher Life Foundation– and a Harare SOS Children’s Village. These two organizations have asked us to do VBS for the children they support. This means revenue for Habitation of Hope (HOH) Campsite, much-needed jobs for our camp leaders, and greater ministry opportunity for all of us at HOH. As I speak, one of our camp leaders got a full-time job as a camp director with an international organization. Your standard has taught us how to serve God with excellence. You spare no less effort in preparations, and you execute the VBS with Godly love. You have recognized that our challenges are deeper than what money can bail out. You have touched us, and the eyeball-to-eyeball experiences we have had with teams created living memories. Thank you for carrying our burdens. Your teams have moved into the most despised communities and given the inhabitants of those communities, like Donhodzo compound and Greenvalley, an assurance that a cloud of witnesses is cheering them to soldier on. Thank you for the high value you put on communion and fellowship.
Our ministry owes a lot to God’s people in your church. We are setting up a camp specifically for children from hard places. Our hope is to have a more vibrant camping ministry which complements work done by our Transformation Centers (TC). Our TCs seek to bridge the gap left by deceased or absentee parents in children without putting children in institutional care. Through your support in sending teams, we hope to continue giving our partners a week-long breather from their day to day ministry work. I have seen hope kindled in kids as they leave our camp. Caregivers also recharge as we give them a breather. We have recently completed building two kids’ dorms, and we have an opportunity to add more on our 134-acre property. We are hoping to increase our camping capacity so that we won’t deny children a chance to camp because we can take only 4 of our 30 partners per given school holiday.
We are looking forward to walking hand in hand as we serve our Lord Jesus together in 2018. We thank God for making you answers to our prayers.
Gari Masuka –Hands of Hope Zimbabwe