Published: 00:00 GMT Standard Time - Friday 18 December 2009
Zimbabwe: still hungry at Christmas – will you help?
Project(s): 91-721, 00-636
|A starving family in Zimbabwe decided to boil some bark from a baobab tree to make soup. But the bark was poisonous and the whole family died. A tragic incident in a tragic country, where a man-made famine has blighted the lives of most of the population. But food aid from Barnabas Fund is bringing hope and sustaining life.|
“Many families would die without your help,” a South African Christian told Barnabas Fund last month. He is one of many brave Christians who travel into Zimbabwe to deliver food parcels, bought with funds from Barnabas. The food goes to local churches who distribute it to the neediest people.
Buying in large quantities keeps the prices down, so the cost of a monthly food parcel is only £15. This is shared between an extended family of 9 or 10, meaning that the cost per person is only 5p a day. But what a difference it makes.
The political and economic situation in Zimbabwe has improved in some ways in recent months. One visible difference is that food has reappeared in the shops, but the prices are too high for ordinary people to buy. However, with elections being discussed and a possible return to the Zimbabwean currency, the situation is highly volatile.
In rural areas, things are continuing to deteriorate. Unemployment remains at over 80%. Islam is becoming increasingly prominent with many mosques and Islamic schools being built, and reports of aid being offered to those who will convert to Islam.
A Christmas gift
As we prepare to feast and celebrate Christ’s birth, please remember that there are many Christians for whom this will be a hungry time. “Pray for them and for the countries in which they live,” says Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, “and - if you possibly can - send a gift to help feed Christians this Christmas. Thank you so much to all who have given so generously already. Your gifts have saved lives.”
If you would like to make a gift for the people of Zimbabwe, please click to donate online using our secure server. Please quote project reference 91-721 (Feeding in Zimbabwe) or 00-636 (General Feeding Fund).
If you prefer to telephone, dial: 0800 587 4006 from within the UK or +44 1672 565031 from outside the UK. Please quote project reference 91-721 (Feeding in Zimbabwe) or 00-636 (General Feeding Fund).
- Pray for Christians who are anticipating a hungry Christmas.
- Pray that they may have hope and joy in the Lord Jesus as they celebrate His birth.
- Pray that aid from Barnabas will provide many with food to sustain them and that they will be encouraged by knowing that other Christians around the world have remembered them, prayed for them and sent help.