A Vehicle for a Remote Mission Station in Zimbabwe
Nearly 60 villages are served by Chitsungo Mission, the poorest parish in the Diocese of Chinhoyi in northern Zimbabwe. For Easter this year, Bishop Raymond Mupandasekwa visited the remote village of Kanyemba in the parish and spent five days with the poor, even sharing a tent with them at night.
Many local people belong to the disadvantaged Doma tribe, and most are still hunter-gatherers, living quite literally from hand to mouth, just as their forefathers did. They live at the mercy of droughts and other dangers, and have scarcely made contact with the modern world. But their hearts are now reached by faith in Christ and the Gospel.
They still need a priest, though: a priest to bring the sacraments and help the faithful to grow spiritually while also showing them how they can gradually improve their concrete living conditions. “I have thought hard about how the Church can help the young people there,” says the bishop, who is still quite shaken by the poverty he witnessed during his visit. They require basic schooling and medical care, both of which are major challenges. Apart from the Church, nobody here seems to have any concern for these people.
But in order for the Church to help at all, they must travel great distances: their parish priest, Father Walter Chenyika, must journey up to 90 miles on poor roads to reach the faithful. His old car has finally died, and “without a car, pastoral work here is impossible,” his bishop tells us. As in many places in Africa, the priest‘s car is also frequently the sole means of transportation for hospital patients.
Bishop Raymond has appealed to us so that his priest can minister to the faithful in these remote villages, instead of leaving them without support and consolation. We have already promised him $28,700 for a sturdy vehicle that is capable of difficult drives.
Can you help us fulfill this promise to Father Chenyika so that he can better reach even the most remote mission stations in Zimbabwe?
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