Peter Hammond - Frontline Mission, South Africa
A new wave of violence is gripping Zimbabwe. People are been beaten, tortured and killed by ZANU-PF soldiers, militia and secret police.
Despite Robert Mugabe's Marxist ZANU-PF government having been repeatedly rejected by the voters at elections, the Marxists continue to frustrate the people of Zimbabwe by refusing to step down. However,with millions starving, more than half of the population having fled the country, with the greatest unemployment, the lowest life expectancy and the highest inflation in the world today, the Marxist dictatorship attempted to bring in foreign aid and investment by agreeing to a unity government with the main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Although, the MDC has consistently received more votes than the so-called government, it was only allowed a junior position in the unity government with ZANU-PF.
Amidst much warnings that this could not work, and against the advice of many of his friends, President Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change attempted to restore the rule of law and investor confidence in Zimbabwe. His valiant efforts were frustrated at every turn by Mugabe's ZANU-PF. Rampant electrical power failures, the complete collapse of plumbing services, astronomical inflation, (where even 500 trillion dollar notes were worthless), massive fraud, the ongoing national suicide of invading and looting the last few remaining white farms in the country, ongoing arrests, tortures and murders by state police and military, frustrated the best intentions of those who were trying to restore Zimbabwe to sanity and stability.
Those who have worked in, or studied, communist countries should not have been surprised at the deviousness and treachery of Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF. Vladimir Lenin wrote: "Treaties are like pie crusts - made to be broken!"
Lenin also declared: "To tell the truth is a petty bourgouis habit, but to lie, and to lie convincingly ,is a sign of superior intelligence!"
Considering that Mugabe and his Marxists came to power through violence and deception, it is not surprising that he has endeavoured to stay in power through the same means.
The Lord Jesus Christ taught us that we ought always to pray and not give up. In the parable of the persistent widow, the Lord taught that even an unjust judge will do what is right in response to persistent prayer and pressure (Luke 18:1-7). We need to urgently pray and decisively act now to support the Zimbabwean Christians in this great time of crises. We need to mobilize God's people to humble themselves and pray and seek God's face and turn from our wicked ways that God might heal Zimbabwe (2 Chronicles 7:14).
The only hope for Zimbabwe is to return in repentance to God, to rediscover the Biblical agenda and to restore Biblical principles into every area of community life, education, economics, ethics and the judiciary.
Frontline Fellowship has been working in Zimbabwe since 1982. As the oppression and suffering in Zimbabwe has increased, so we have had to dramatically increase our ministry into that longsuffering country.
The Frontline Fellowship Mission HQ has frequently been a hive of activity late into the night, as we have assembled Boxes with Love and loaded tonnes of
books, Bibles, food and medicines for Zimbabwe. New vehicles have been acquired and truckloads of emergency relief aid have been delivered to churches,
missions, hospitals and prisons in Zimbabwe.
Despite numerous difficulties, delays and frustrations at border posts, our teams have ultimately succeeded in overcoming all obstacles and delivering the desperately needed food and life-saving medicines to pastors, pensioners and prisoners.
As John reported: "When you see the appreciation, gratitude and affection shown on delivery, there is no way but to look forward to the next mission trip
'... I was hungry and you fed Me, I was naked and you clothed Me ...'
This is one of the most important aspects of mission work. The harvest is ripe and the labourers are few..."
Please pray for our missionaries in Zimbabwe at this tune, and pray that we would receive more dedIcated missionary volunteers at our upcoming Great Commission Course (1 - 20 January 2010) to be trained and mobilized as nation transforming teams.
In the words of missionary C.T. Studd:
"Some like to live within sound of church or chapel bell, I would like to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell."
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