The first TEAM missionaries arrived in Zimbabwe more than seventy years ago. The country they arrived in was then called Southern Rhodesia and was a very different place than it is now. Then it was a British colony while today it has been an independent nation since 1980. At that time they settled in a region that was virgin territory for the gospel and without any churches. Today the church is established and reproducing. Then the missionaries initiated and implemented evangelism, church planting and a great variety of ministries. Today we come along side and work in partnership with God’s people to assist them in their God given role to witness and serve within this land. More than twelve million people live in Zimbabwe. A majority of them identify themselves as “Christians” but traditional animism, syncretism and western humanism dominate the hearts and minds of most. Into this situation the church shines the light of the gospel. TEAM missionaries are committed to helping equip and develop church leaders through courses and programs at Harare Theological College. During the last fifteen years the nation has suffered greatly. Political conflict has raged and the economy struggled desperately. HIV and AIDS have taken a deadly toll resulting in massive numbers of orphans and widows as well as poverty and hunger. Traditional family and community support structures have been overwhelmed. How good it is that the church is already in this situation the church is established and is well placed to be God’s instrument of reconciliation and transformation. No other agency is better placed to serve this generation. TEAM missionaries are committed to working with the church to respond with Christ like holistic ministry. Karanda Mission Hospital has long been a place where the love of Christ is extended through medical care and gospel witness. This has been undertaken by both missionary and national believers. More recently an initiative called ANESU has been set up to focus ministry specifically in the arena of compassionate ministry.
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