social ministry

Latter-Day Saints donate 10 boreholes to BCC

April 17, 2012
The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints donated ten boreholes to the Bulawayo City Council (BCC), a move which is expected to go a long way in alleviating water shortages currently gripping the city. Speaking at the hand-over ceremony in Nkulumane last Wednesday, the church’s country director of charities, John Benich, said ...

Bulawayo Catholics concentrate on health charity during Lent

April 12, 2012
Thousands of Catholics from around Bulawayo and its surroundings fully-packed St Mary’s Cathedral last Tuesday for their annual Chrism Mass celebrated by His Grace Archbishop Alex Thomas. Chrism Mass during which chrism oil is blessed while priests also renew their vows is a significant occasion in the Catholic calendar celebrated during the holy week, ...

Visited by pastors, traditional healers determine health-seeking patterns

April 6, 2012
Despite shunning traditional health practitioners (THP) during the day, church pastors are visiting tthem in a Nicodemus-like manner to boost powers, Elisha Mutanga, a traditional medical practitioner, told RelZim. Mutanga, who is also a member of Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association (ZINATHA), voiced his remarks at a recent consultative meeting held by ...

Mbare Report No. 105 Our little miracles

March 16, 2012
This report is reprinted from IN TOUCH WITH CHURCH AND FAITH #169, a Jescom publication. This morning a young woman came to say good-bye. She had come from New Zealand to attend the funeral of her grandmother. This afternoon she is flying back to her family and her job as a nursing sister. “Don’t ...

Salvation Army hospital in Chiweshe looks for funding

March 14, 2012
A multi-million dollar hospital project in Chiweshe at Howard Hospital hangs in the air after failing to meet the Ministry of Health requirements. This forced patients to remain in overcrowded wards at one of the biggest hospital in Mashonaland Central. The new hospital that was completed in 2006 failed to take in patients after ...

World Vision-Zimbabwe to rehabilitate 20 public toilets in Bulawayo

February 23, 2012
World Vision-Zimbabwe, a heavy-weight Christian organisation operating in the relief and humanitarian aid, is this year set to renovate and rehabilitate 20 of over 70 public toilets in Bulawayo at an undisclosed cost. According to the latest council minutes, World Vision secured funding for the project, which will run up ...

HIV/AIDS religious leaders continue educating church members on compassion

February 21, 2012
by Sinikiwe Mlambo and RelZim staff The church is spending more time burying its members than baptising them because of its silence on HIV/AIDS, according to Maxwell Kapachawo, an Abandoned Grace Ministries pastor. In 2005, he became the first religious figure in Zimbabwe to go public about being HIV positive.  Kapachawo spoke ...

Zimbabweans celebrate birthday of Prophet Muhammad

February 18, 2012
by Ibrahim Mpache and RelZim staff Eid Milad-Un-Nabi marks the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. It may seem strange to non-Muslims, but many Muslims do not believe in celebrating birthdays or death anniversaries because there is no historical evidence that Prophet Muhammad ever did this. Despite this, large numbers of Muslims do commemorate the birth anniversary of ...

Pastors from across Zimbabwe trained to preach about AIDS

February 13, 2012
Over 34 pastors from across the country have been trained to preach about HIV and AIDS in their churches. This topic has been swept under the carpet in conservative Zimbabwe. Speaking last Thursday at the wrap-up of the Support to Faith-Based Organisations Seminar Peter Bare, Programmes officer of the Evangelical ...

TB Joshua fuss indicator of Zanu-PF spiritual immaturity

February 12, 2012
According to Nehanda Radio that quotes the Daily News, President Robert Mugabe’s party, Zanu-PF, spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said the fact that prophet Temitope Joshua, a Nigerian clergyman, was predicting recently the death of an African head of state made the prophet’s claim unpalatable and absurd. “It goes against tradition. You do not ...
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