Because of you…

Youth for Christ is reaching young people where they are, with the most suitable methods which are shaped by a commitment to God’s truth and relevant for youth in this generation.

Ministries include

  • Daily and Weekly schools Club
  • Bible Study Groups
  • Live Out Loud Youth Music Rallies
  • Life Skills
  • Camps
  • Leadership training
  • Career guidance expos
  • Children’s school fees and care
  • Ministry teams evangelising through music, dance, drama and testimony
  • Family enrichment program

Prayer Needs

  • God’s guidance to lead the ministry in the direction God would have it go
  • Provision for full-time and part-time staff
  • Development of an effective and committed local volunteer staff base and board
  • Commitment from the community locally and across borders in prayer and financial support
  • Open doors from schools, churches and other organizations to enable teams to minister
  • Establishment of a vibrant, dynamic and Spirit led ministry team of interns for 2012
  • Re-establishment of a relevant and effective camping ministry
  • Partnership with local churches and other Christian organisations in order to reach all the youth of Zimbabwe
  • Partnership with other Youth for Christ nations in receiving and sending ministry teams each year to evangelise and disciple the youth

About Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Location of Zimbabwe

Introduction

The UK annexed Southern Rhodesia from the [British] South Africa Company in 1923. A 1961 a constitution was formulated that favored whites in power. In 1965 the government unilaterally declared its independence, but the UK did not recognize the act and demanded more complete voting rights for the black African majority in the country (then called Rhodesia). UN sanctions and a liberation struggle for freedom and equality led to free elections in 1979 and independence (as Zimbabwe) in 1980 with Canaan Banana as the President. The then first Prime Minister Robert Mugabe became president in 1987, leading the nation to this date. In 2000 the nation saw a number of changes in the agricultural landscape with land reform being implemented. A number of challenges in the nation saw the economy struggle with the local Zimbabwean Dollar being affected and a number of industries struggling to survive and the more able Zimbabweans migrated to neighbouring countries and abroad to seek economic stability. A lot of the nationals who remained turned to God for their help, with others seeing the move as the means to an end. This saw the church exploding as the hearts of the children returned to the Father. By God's grace, a lot of lives were changed for eternity as the Spirit of God moved in all levels of society.

The general elections held in March 2008 saw an inclusion of younger representation in the political structures. A run-off in June 2008 after the results were very close saw the birth of a GPA in an effort to accommodate balanced representation of political parties in parliament. This saw a younger crop of leaders coming in to work alongside seasoned leaders.

With God's help and our trust in His abilities as the Almighty, Zimbabweans can regain their rightful position in the eyes of other nations. To this date, we see the fruits as a result of the willingness to work together. Apart of the financial struggles in most sectors of society, we see the peace that has prevailed. The needs still exist to continually empower young people with the right skills to develop into God-fearing and honouring leaders of industry and society. Youth for Christ in Zimbabwe is committed to train, equip and empower young people ultimately with the word of God which enables us all to accomplish what we were created for. We are encouraged each day as young people, and the old alike, return to God and becoming good stewards of what the Lord has blessed us with; it is a matter of time before we can see God's hand at work. With God all things are possible. It is His desire that all men be saved.

Geography

Location

Location: Southern Africa, between South Africa and Zambia
Geographic Coordinates: 20 00 S, 30 00 E

Area

Total Area: 390,757 sq km Rank: 60
Land Area: 386,847 sq km
Water Area: 3,910 sq km
Comparison: slightly larger than Montana
Land Boundaries: 3,066 km
Bordering Countries: Botswana 813 km, Mozambique 1,231 km, South Africa 225 km, Zambia 797 km
Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

Climate

tropical; moderated by altitude; rainy season (November to March)

Terrain

mostly high plateau with higher central plateau (high veld); mountains in east

Elevations

Lowest Point: junction of the Runde and Save Rivers 162 m
Highest Point: Inyangani 2,592 m

Natural Resources

coal, chromium ore, asbestos, gold, nickel, copper, iron ore, vanadium, lithium, tin, platinum group metals

Land Use

Arable land: 8.24%
Permanent Crops: 0.33%
Other: 91.43% (2005)
Irrigated Land: 1,740 sq km (2003)
Renewable Water Resources: 20 cu km (1987)
Total Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural): 4.21 cu km/yr (14%/7%/79%)
Freshwater Withdrawal Per Capita: 324 cu m/yr (2002)

Environment

Natural Hazards: recurring droughts; floods and severe storms are rare
Environmental Issues: deforestation; soil erosion; land degradation; air and water pollution; the black rhinoceros herd - once the largest concentration of the species in the world - has been significantly reduced by poaching; poor mining practices have led to toxic waste and heavy metal pollution
Environmental Agreements: Party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection

Geography Notes

landlocked; the Zambezi forms a natural riverine boundary with Zambia; in full flood (February-April) the massive Victoria Falls on the river forms the world's largest curtain of falling water

People

Population: 11,392,629 Rank: 73
Note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2010 est.)

Age Structure

0-14 years: 43.9% (male 2,523,119/female 2,473,928)
15-64 years: 52.2% (male 2,666,928/female 3,283,474)
65 years and over: 3.9% (male 194,360/female 250,820) (2010 est.)
Median Age: 16.7 years

Population Growth

Growth Rate: 1.53% (2010 est.) Rank: 84
Birth Rate: 31.49 births/1,000 population (2010 est.) Rank: 45
Death Rate: 16.19 deaths/1,000 population (July 2010 est.) Rank: 10
Net Migration Rate: NA

Urbanization

Urban Population: 37% of total population (2008)
Rate of Urbanization: 2.2% annual rate of change (2005-10 est.)

Life and Death

Infant Mortality Rate: 32.31 deaths/1,000 live births Rank: 72
Life Expectancy at Birth: 45.77 years Rank: 217
Fertility Rate: 3.66 children born/woman (2010 est.) Rank: 51

Health and Disease

HIV/AIDS - Adult Prevalence Rate: 15.3% (2007 est.) Rank: 6
People living with HIV/AIDS: 1.3 million (2007 est.) Rank: 7
HIV/AIDS Deaths: 140,000 (2007 est.) Rank: 5
Degree of Risk for Major Infectious Diseases: high
Food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
Vectorborne disease: malaria
Water Contact Diseases: schistosomiasis
Animal Contact Diseases: rabies (2009)

Nationality and Culture

Noun: Zimbabwean(s)
Adjective: Zimbabwean
Ethnic Groups: African 98% (Shona 82%, Ndebele 14%, other 2%), mixed and Asian 1%, white less than 1%
Religion: syncretic (part Christian, part indigenous beliefs) 50%, Christian 25%, indigenous beliefs 24%, Muslim and other 1%
Languages: English (official), Shona, Sindebele (the language of the Ndebele, sometimes called Ndebele), numerous but minor tribal dialects

Education

Literacy (age 15 and over can read and write English): 90.7% Male: 94.2% Female: 87.2% (2003 est.)
School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education): 9 years Male: 9 years Female: 9 years (2003)
Education expenditures: 4.6% of GDP (2000) Rank: 83

Government

Country Name

Conventional Long Form: Republic of Zimbabwe
Conventional Short Form: Zimbabwe
Formerly: Southern Rhodesia, Rhodesia
Government Type: parliamentary democracy
Capital: Harare Geographic Coordinates: 17 50 S, 31 03 E

Administrative divisions

8 provinces and 2 cities* with provincial status; Bulawayo*, Harare*, Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Masvingo, Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Midlands
Independence: 18 April 1980 (from the UK)
National holiday: Independence Day, 18 April (1980)
Constitution: 21 December 1979
Legal system: mixture of Roman-Dutch and English common law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Executive Branch

Chief of State: Executive President Robert Gabriel MUGABE (since 31 December 1987); Vice President John NKOMO (since December 2009) and Vice President Joyce MUJURU (since 6 December 2004)
Head of Government: Prime Minister Morgan TSVANGIRAI (since 11 February 2009); Deputy Prime Minister Arthur MUTAMBARA
Cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president and prime minister; responsible to the House of Assembly
Elections: presidential candidates nominated with a nomination paper signed by at least 10 registered voters (at least one from each province) and elected by popular vote for a five-year term (no term limits); elections last held on 28 March 2008 followed by a run-off on 27 June 2008 (next to be held in 2013); co-vice presidents drawn from party leadership
Election Results: Robert Gabriel MUGABE reelected president; percent of vote - Robert Gabriel MUGABE 85.5%, Morgan TSVANGIRAI 9.3%, other 5.2%; note - first round voting results - Morgan TSVANGIRAI 47.9%, Robert Gabriel MUGABE 43.2%, Simba MAKONI 8.3%, other 0.6%; first-round round polls were deemed to be flawed suppressing TSVANGIRAI's results; the 27 June 2008 run-off between MUGABE and TSVANGIRAI was severely flawed and internationally condemned

Legislative Branch

bicameral Parliament consists of a Senate (93 seats - 60 members elected by popular vote for a five-year term, 10 provincial governors nominated by the president and the prime minister, 16 traditional chiefs elected by the Council of Chiefs, 2 seats held by the president and deputy president of the Council of Chiefs, and 5 members appointed by the president) and a House of Assembly (210 seats - members elected by popular vote for five-year terms)
Elections: last held on 28 March 2008 (next to be held in 2013)
Election Results: Senate - percent of vote by party - MDC 51.6%, ZANU-PF 45.8%, other 2.6%; seats by party - MDC 30, ZANU-PF 30; House of Assembly - percent of vote by party - MDC 51.3%, ZANU-PF 45.8%, other 2.9%; seats by party - MDC 109, ZANU-PF 97, other 4

Judicial branch

Supreme Court; High Court

Politics

Political Parties and Leaders: African National Party or ANP [Egypt DZINEMUNHENZVA]; Movement for Democratic Change or MDC [Morgan TSVANGIRAI]; Movement for Democratic Change - Mutambara or MDC-M [Arthur MUTAMBARA] (splinter faction of the MDC); Peace Action is Freedom for All or PAFA; United Parties [Abel MUZOREWA]; United People's Party or UPP [Daniel SHUMBA]; Zimbabwe African National Union-Ndonga or ZANU-Ndonga [Wilson KUMBULA]; Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front or ZANU-PF [Robert Gabriel MUGABE]; Zimbabwe African Peoples Union or ZAPU [Agrippa MADLELA]; Zimbabwe Youth in Alliance or ZIYA
Political Pressure Groups and Leaders: Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition; National Constitutional Assembly or NCA [Lovemore MADHUKU]; Women of Zimbabwe Arise or WOZA [Jenny WILLIAMS]; Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions or ZCTU [Wellington CHIBEBE]
International Organization Participation: ACP, AfDB, AU, COMESA, FAO, G-15, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO (correspondent), ITSO, ITU, ITUC, MIGA, NAM, OPCW, PCA, SADC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNMIL, UNMIS, UNOCI, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO
Flag Description: seven equal horizontal bands of green, yellow, red, black, red, yellow, and green with a white isosceles triangle edged in black with its base on the hoist side; a yellow Zimbabwe bird representing the long history of the country is superimposed on a red five-pointed star in the center of the triangle, which symbolizes peace; green represents agriculture, yellow mineral wealth, red the blood shed to achieve independence, and black stands for the native people

Economy

Economy Overview: The government of Zimbabwe faces a wide variety of difficult economic problems. Its 1998-2002 involvement in the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo drained hundreds of millions of dollars from the economy. The government's land reform program, characterized by chaos and violence, has badly damaged the commercial farming sector, the traditional source of exports and foreign exchange and the provider of 400,000 jobs, turning Zimbabwe into a net importer of food products. The EU and the US provide food aid on humanitarian grounds. Until early 2009, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe routinely printed money to fund the budget deficit, causing hyperinflation. The power-sharing government formed in February 2009 has led to some economic improvements, including the cessation of hyperinflation by eliminating the use of the Zimbabwe dollar and removing price controls. The economy is registering its first growth in a decade, but will be reliant on further political improvement for greater growth.

Gross Domestic Product

GDP (purchasing power parity): $98.09 million (2009 est.) Rank: 219
GDP - Composition by Sector: Agriculture: 19.1% Industry: 23.9% Services: 56.9% (2009 est.)

Labor Force

Labor Force: 3.84 million (2009 est.) Rank: 87
Labor force - by occupation: Agriculture: 66% Industry: 10% Services: 24% (1996)
Unemployment Rate: 95% (2009 est.) Rank: 199

Poverty

Population below poverty line: 68% (2004)

Transnational Issues

International Disputes: Botswana built electric fences and South Africa has placed military along the border to stem the flow of thousands of Zimbabweans fleeing to find work and escape political persecution; Namibia has supported, and in 2004 Zimbabwe dropped objections to, plans between Botswana and Zambia to build a bridge over the Zambezi River, thereby de facto recognizing a short, but not clearly delimited, Botswana-Zambia boundary in the river
Refugees and internally displaced persons - refugees (country of origin): 2,500 (Democratic Republic of Congo)
International Displaced Persons: 569,685 (MUGABE-led political violence, human rights violations, land reform, and economic collapse) (2007)

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