By Vicki Brown - gbhem.org
Schools, pastoral counseling, hospitals and children’s homes are all part of the outreach United Methodists are doing in Zimbabwe—work that took center stage during two days of the visit to Africa University by staff and directors of the UM Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Staff and members of the agency’s Board of Directors visited and talked with doctors, teachers, children and volunteers at the Old UMC Mutare Mission Center, which houses Hartzell Schools, Old Mutare Hospital, Project Tariro and the Fairfield Children’s Home. They also visited Elm Pentecostal Church, where Dr. Mazvita Machinga runs a Pastoral Care and Counseling Service that provides special services for children with hydrocephalus.
Board staff and directors also attended an Easter play performed by children of the Ishe Anesu Project at Hilltop United Methodist Church Center, an afterschool program for children in the Sakubva area of Mutare.The final visit was to the Nyadire United Methodist Church Mission in Mutoko. The Rev. Forbes Matonga, a member of the Board of Directors, heads the mission, which includes primary and high schools, a teacher’s college, a hospital, a church and the Home of Hope, a children’s home for orphans and vulnerable children.The Old Mutare Hospital, founded as a clinic in 1903, was meant to serve a population of about 5,000 and but now provides for a rural area that now has about 12,000 to 15,000 residents. With 12 beds, the hospital serves mostly outpatients, seeing 14 to 60 patients a day who suffer from AIDS, HIV, tuberculosis or other diseases, said Dr. Tendai Manyeza, administrator and chief medical officer.