Education Empowerment Opportunities

We are excited that the Education Empowerment Program (EEP) at Friend’s of Zimbabwe was able to pass out books and other school materials to children in the rural areas required for school enrollment. Many of these children are not able to get a free education because they don’t have the required materials to be enrolled. However the EEP allows children to obtain these materials so that they are able to attend school and have a chance of furthering their education. We thank God for these small opportunities that are the beginnings of fighting poverty in these areas. Below are a few photos sent to us from Phillip of the children that are getting these opportunities this month.DSCN5518DSCN5519DSCN5529DSCN5633DSCN5375

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The Loss of a Brother

Norest Godknows Phiri went home to be with our Eternal Father on Saturday. He was a brother and an integral part of our work in Zimbabwe, Africa. He was a man that knew God and desired to worship and praise Him, no matter what. Born with HIV/AIDS he couldn’t say why he was going through these trials, but he didn’t lose hope in our LORD, desiring to glorify Him through all of his many trials.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 1 Corinthians 4:16-18

We mourn the loss of a friend and brother, but rejoice also, knowing that he is now at peace and that we will one day be able to worship with one another again. When we think of Godknows we think of joy, for he was a kid that absolutely and wholeheartedly lived with it. He had the biggest smile and was always wearing it. He was selfless, always helping and thinking of others. He had a servants heart and the Friend’s of Zimbabwe children’s home, feeding program, and education program would not exist the same without his help. He was a guide that led us around Zimbabwe giving us direction, being there for us, predicting the weather, and always looking out for us in so many ways on our daily journeys in Zimbabwe. Godknows was truly a man of God and such a unique individual. Thinking of him reminds us how we should live with joy despite hard situations. He was a joy and a blessing to know and we will miss him very much.

We ask for prayers of comfort, peace, and support for those who knew him, supported him, and all those at the Friend’s of Zimbabwe Children’s Home who mourn his passing. Below are a few pictures of this wonderful man that went home to be with Christ.  If you feel led, we also ask for your support in helping keep the work he participated in alive via the link below.


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January Update

Hello Friends,

It has been a little while since our last update. I hope this finds you well. As usual there are things that we can praise God for, but there are many things that are concerning and need to be kept in prayer. As you keep reading you will notice Godknows is very sick. It is disheartening to hear about his condition. Please keep him in prayer and if you feel led to donate funds for medication and healthy food so that he can recover, we would greatly appreciate it. Here is a little update from Phillip in Zimbabwe describing how things are going at the children’s home.

We planted maize (corn) in the outside yard separate from the garden, and the maize is growing well and we expect a better harvest than last season. Amongst other cash crops we have green pepper, tomatoes and vegetables in our garden which will take us through the month of February without buying. We planted a lot of vegetables with the kids such that we even sell some. It is raining almost more than twice everyday and due to the rains we have a challenge with the grass that is growing at an alarming rate. We therefore need to engage the services of a lawn mower to help cut down the grass which will be a little extra money. We previously cut the grass using slashers to cut down costs, but due to the rains and the work in the field and yards have to use the mower.

Prince started his primary education very well except that due to age , he is sometimes not responsible with his things such as loosing his hat . We hope he will improve in this area and at least remember where he would have put his uniforms.

Princess is doing very well so far. The school made us buy a white jersey for the prefects, so they will be unique. She is also into athletics so we will be updating you on the developments.

Brian awaits his academic results, so we will know whether or not he will be proceeding to high school. If he passes he will proceed, but if he fails he will have to rewrite the exams. He is a very hard working young man.

Godknows is still admitted at the isolation hospital, probably until his TB injections are over, which will be in early March. The young man is sick to such an extent that he can not walk on his own, and he hardly wakes up from his bed. His whole body has turned to a very dark black complexion. Luckily as of now there are no more hospital bills to pay for the time being, except the purchase of fruits, juice, other healthy foods and of course his medication that are not provided at the facility.

Thank you all for your love and support. If you would like to donate towards the children’s home and or Godknows medical bills please visit the link below.

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