After 4 years of Bible College in the UK, Kennedy and Prisca Makwenda left Gloucester in June 2009 and head off to the their home town of Rusape in Zimbabwe where they are the pastors of Grace Revival Fellowship – and Church of some 80 people who meet both in the town of Rusape and also in smaller congregations in villages in the surrounding bush area.
We have made a commitment to support this Ken, Prisca and their 3 children (TJ, TK and Tino) by sending teams to minister to the congregation and also financially as they work to establish a number of ‘income generation’ initiatives in the local community.
You can read about our latest trip here.
Zimbabwe August 2014 (by Ellie Burgess OCB):
After the quickest 18 months of prayer and planning I have ever experienced, a team of 7 Gloucesterians and Bristolians left Gatwick to travel to Zimbabwe. Lots of flying accompanied by endless food and drink saw us safely arrive at Harare airport where we were very warmly welcomed by Kennedy, Prisca and (other friends). With 8 of us bundled into a 7 seater car (my first taste of the Zimbabwe way of travel!) we made our way to The Crocodile Motel on the edge of Rusape.
The next morning our adventure truly began! A day of more planning and exploring our surroundings, followed by a night running an outdoor crusade in an old tobacco drying barn deep in the African bush where we were joined by 60 locals, a dog and a bat, lit only by a small light ran by a portable generator.
It was lovely to see so many of those locals again the next day at church. I was amazed at the church service! Their praise and worship was on another level, so infectious and joyful! The welcome especially was incredible – they greet each individual with such joy and enthusiasm that it’s impossible to leave and feel like you haven’t been well and truly hosted by these amazing people of God!
After church we made our way across the country to Victoria falls (900km by road). An incredible time of falls watching, bungee jumping, river cruising and eating dinner overlooking the night-time African bush. An amazing way of recharging our batteries ready for the packed 3 day conference ahead of us!!
The 3 days conference consisted of various seminars for kids, youth, men and women run by both the One Church team and guest speakers from South Africa and Harare (including a blind bishop who preached like James Brown – amazing!!). Part of the Saturday of the conference allowed us, as a church, to go into the local market place and pick up litter along the main road. 250 black bags later, with help from the army, we still had so much to pick up! With the funds raised by members of One Church we were able to donate 10 large steel bins which have been located through the Town Centre (each with a big One Church logo on the side).
One adventure of ours that stuck out to me most and truly impacted the way I see things, was when we visited some of the projects out in the bush that One Church and Kennedy support. From hand making mud bricks to goat rearing, and allotments to banana stalls (now selling apples too!), I saw how much just a small amount of support and belief in one person can impact so many lives – a massive thanks to the One Church family for supporting these projects – they really are changing lives.
To view video footage of the trip CLICK HERE