In the years since JourneyPartners was founded in 1995, our ministry in Zimbabwe has grown both in scope and diversity. Our mission has expanded to focus on clean and available water, education and school support, and health and medical support. Our venues for service have also expanded, along with opportunities for creative approaches to partnership and immersion. With support from congregations all over the United States, several national organizations and clubs, and more than a hundred volunteers, and together with Zimbabwean congregations, pastors, students, volunteer, workers, and dedicated friends, JourneyPartners proudly claims our role in these partnership missions.
Outlined below are our accomplishments since this ambitious undertaking began in 1995:
2017: Four well bores placed: agriculture well and deep well bore at Kutenda; two wells in Gokwe region for the school project; and Nyamacheni Village, with only a dirty pond for water.
2016: Completion of a 2-classroom school building at South Gokwe. Building of a chicken house and expanding the number of chickens, feed, medications at Kutenda Children’s Home.
2015: Completion of administration building at Kutenda Children’s’ Home and fact finding visits to villages around north and central midlands of Zimbabwe. South Gokwe planning for 2016 school complex.
2014: Building project with Kutenda Children’s Home – office and guest room to facilitate in the expanded care of 24 children and care givers.
2013: Burure Village two classroom block completed, two medical team members assisting at Nenyunga Clinic, a rural clinic through Sanyati Baptist Hospital. Two classroom buildings providing 2 classrooms each.
2012: Two classrooms in Burure Village initiating an ongoing high school building project through partnership with Bishop Ambrose Moyo, of the Ecumenical Church Leadership Forum Zimbabwe.
2009 – In partnership with CrossLink International in Mclean, VA, Edge Outreach in Louisville, KY, Global Aid Network in Dallas, Texas, and Sanyati Baptist Hospital, Baptist Theological Seminary of Zimbabwe, and Mr. Elias Maponga (volunteer project coordinator for Zimbabwe), JourneyPartners’ 2009 accomplishments in Zimbabwe include:
Immersion experiences for three immersion teams: Clinical nursing instructors and student nurses for a medical team, two professors for a teaching team, and five volunteers for a construction team.
Construction of a caretaker’s house for the future medical clinic in Nenyunga.
Completion of second hostel for AIDS orphans in Masembura, soccer field and equipment, wardrobes, bookcases, and security fence, and first Christmas in July party for the children at House of Hope.
Shipment of medical equipment and supplies, ready-to-eat meals for malnourished and starving villagers, 60,000 tablets of antibiotics, 400 pairs new shoes, and 350 textbooks to schools in several developing areas of Zimbabwe.
Shipment of more than 500 birthing kits to rural clinics in Zimbabwe.
Installation of water purification systems in remote villages and high-density townships, and training and certification in system installation and community hygiene training.
First Women’s Leadership Institute, in cooperation with the Baptist Seminary of Zimbabwe, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, VA, and Global Women of Birmingham, AL.
Provided uniforms and school fees for 40 primary school students in Zimbabwe, through the Jewels of Hope program.
2008 – Together with Mercer University in Macon, GA, shipment of our first container of medical supplies and textbooks for Sanyati Baptist Hospital, and school supplies, hygiene supplies and children’s clothing for House of Hope.
Donation of medications to Sanyati Baptist Hospital valued at more than $125,000
Initiation of agricultural micro-enterprise for Sanyati Baptist Hospital
Site visit to Nenyunga Clinic in anticipation of project for ZimJourney2009
Volunteer team from Southside Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL
Second partnership with Rotary International
2007 – Construction of House of Hope, a hostel for AIDS orphans in Masembura.
Third Church Leadership Institute – Baptist Principles and Polity
Launching of the Jewels of Hope Zimbabwe program, with 20 children
Site visit to Chambuta High School, in anticipation of project for ZimJourney2008
Volunteer teams from Vineville Baptist Church, Macon, GA (and friends) and students from Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, TN and Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
2006 – Construction of 75,000-liter water storage tank at the Baptist Conference Center in Gweru
Second Church Leadership Institute
Launching of Kutenda, a needlework co-operative for women in Zimbabwe
Volunteer team from Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC
First partnership with Rotary International
2005 – Participation in Annual Congress of Baptist Convention of Zimbabwe
Planning and Site Visits for future JourneyPartners programs in Zimbabwe
2004 – Renovation and repair of buildings and grounds, Baptist Conference Center and Baptist Theological Seminary, Gweru
First university student immersion teams
1999 – Renovation and repair of pastors’ homes and men’s dormitory at Baptist Theological Seminary
First Church Leadership Institute
Installation of electricity in teachers housing, Zororo Primary School
Volunteer teams from various congregations and organizations
1997 – Facilitation of partnership with the Alliance of Baptists
1995 – Construction of Zororo Primary School library and admin block, Gweru
Volunteer team from Ginter Park Baptist Church, Richmond, VA