Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Letter from Zimbabwe

Here a letter I received that was written from a man in Zimbabwe, explaining the current conditions:

I reckon that these are the last days of TKM and ZPF. The darkest hour is always before dawn.

We are all terrified at what they are going to destroy next........I mean they are actually ploughing down brick and mortar houses and one white family with twin boys of 10 had no chance of salvaging anything when100 riot police came in with AK47's and bulldozers and demolished their beautiful house - 5 bedrooms and pine ceilings - because it was "too close to the airport", so we are feeling extremely insecure right now.

You know - I am aware that this does not help you sleep at night, but if you do not know - how can you help? Even if you put us in your own mental ring of light and send your guardian angels to be with us - that is a help - but I feel so cut off from you all knowing I cannot tell you what's going on here simply because you will feel uncomfortable. There is no ways we can leave here so that is not an option.

I ask that you all pray for us in the way that you know how, and let me know that you are thinking of us and sending out positive vibes... that's all. You can't just be in denial and pretend/believe it's not going on.
To be frank with you, it's genocide in the making and if you do not believe me, read the Genocide Report by Amnesty International which says we are - IN level 7 - (level 8 is after it's happened and everyone is in

If you don't want me to tell you these things-how bad it is—then it means you have not dealt with your own fear, but it does not help me to think you are turning your back on our situation. We need you, please, to get the news OUT that we are all in a fearfully dangerous situation here. Too many people turn their backs and say - oh well, that's what happens in Africa. This Government has GONE MAD and you need to help us publicize our plight--- or how can we be rescued? It's a reality! The petrol queues are a reality, the pall of smoke all around our city is a reality, the thousands of homeless people sleeping outside in 0 Celsius with no food, water, shelter and bedding are a reality. Today a family approached me, brother of the gardener's wife with two small children. Their home was trashed and they will have to sleep
outside. We already support 8 adult people and a child on this property, and electricity is going up next month by 250% as is water.

How can I take on another family of 4 -----and yet how can I turn them away to sleep out in the open?
I am not asking you for money or a ticket out of here - I am asking you to FACE the fact that we are in deep and terrible danger and want you please to pass on our news and pictures. So PLEASE don't just press the delete button! Help best in the way that you know how.

Do face the reality of what is going on here and help us SEND OUT THE WORD.. The more people who know about it, the more chance we have of the United Nations coming to our aid. Please don't ignore or deny what's happening. Some would like to be protected from the truth BUT then, if we are eliminated, how would you feel? "If only we knew how bad it really was we could have helped in some way".
[I know we chose to stay here and that some feel we deserve what's coming to us]
For now,--- we ourselves have food, shelter, a little fuel and a bit of money for the next meal - but what is going to happen next? Will they start on our houses? All property is going to belong to the State now. I want to send out my Title Deeds to one of you because if they get a hold of those, I can't fight for my rights.

Censorship!----We no longer have SW radio [which told us everything that was happening] because the Government jammed it out of existence – we don't have any reporters, and no one is allowed to photograph. If we had reporters here, they would have an absolute field day. Even the pro-Government Herald has written that people are shocked, stunned, bewildered and blown mindless by the wanton destruction of many folks homes, which are supposed to be 'illegal' but for which a huge percentage actually do have licenses.

Please! - do have some compassion and HELP by sending out the articles and personal reports so that something can/may be done. "I am one. I cannot do everything, ---but I can do something.. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do."

Friday, March 14, 2008

Urgent Need!

After spending time with our friends from Zimbabwe over the last few weeks, I have so much to share and update you on re: the need. In short, I have found out that the rain has again filled the dams, which is good news, but the water is dirty and bacteria laden, which is causing much sickness. HOWEVER, it is very apparent that the most pressing issue that Zim faces currently is the food crisis. I have copied here an email that I sent to family and friends re: this desperate need. Please feel free to pass this along to others who might be interested in it....and please, please contact me if you would like to share what you have to nourish the bodies of others who have no other option.

Sent on Tuesday:

Hi guys,
As I sat in my living room yesterday interviewing our friend from Zimbabwe, Peter Sibanda, for a video on the Wells of Life blog ( , he stated that his family as well as the people of his 28 churches and the hundred orphans that they care for are eating only one meal of porridge every 2 to 4 days. It broke my heart to hear that children are spending so much time hungry there and the thought of sending Peter back to eating every 3 – 4 days is very difficult.

He is leaving the US in one week (Wed 3-20)to return to Zimbabwe and I would like to send him back with as much money as I can to buy food for his family and his people. The time restraints make it challenging, but I am endeavoring to gather funds from corporate as well as personal resources.

100% of any money donated will go straight to an account in a neighboring country where the food will be purchased at a good rate and brought to Zim for distribution to the people. The economy is such in Zimbabwe currently that there is no food left in the stores. And the 1.5 acres where Peter used to grow vegetables to support and feed the many widowed and orphaned by the AIDS epidemic has withered because of the lack of electricity to pump the water from the well, which is 110 meters down. The government is such that it cannot afford to pay even the bills for it’s electricity, so it is nonexistent. The hospitals are closing because there is no medicine left in the country, they cannot operate without electricity and food, and the dr’s and nurses have gone to neighboring countries where they can get paid and feed their families.

Can you please pass this to anyone that you know of that might be interested in donating money to purchase food so that this precious man, his family, and the orphans that he cares for will be able to eat more often that every 3 – 4 days? I wish that I had something to reward the generosity of those who desire to bless him in such a way, but the only compensation that I can offer is that they will be feeding the poor and filling bellies which would otherwise be empty.

Damion and I will personally attempt to match any donations given, thus doubling the effort.

If anyone is interested, please have them contact me at or (909) 986-8424. We can gladly process pay pal for credit cards, cash, or checks.

With love and hope,

Thank you for reading this far! Also, I have been able to capture some interviews on video with these men, so that we can understand first-hand the daily struggle that the Zimbabweans are facing currently. It's barely comprehensible to our minds, but we must do something!

PS: Pictures have been scanned and are on their way, and video of the food distribution will be posted soon!