ZIMBABWE WELL & GARDEN

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Summary

The Church of God in Masvingo has land for a well to provide life-giving water to the community, and to support a large income generating vegetable garden. The income will enable the national leader of the Church of God in Zimbabawe to regularly visit congregations and support national ministry expenses while other ministries and projects are being developed.

Cost

The total cost for Phase 1 is $20,815.

BACKGROUND

The Church of God in Zimbabwe has had very little connection to the greater Church of God movement for many years. With little to no income and no buildings, they have served their communities faithfully, yet they have been unable to expand ministry largely due to their lack of resources and the lack of connection between geographical areas of the country.

This project will produce income while also providing water and food for the community enabling the national leader to travel to the far corners of Zimbabwe to encourage pastors and congregations as well as develop greater connectivity and unity within the Church of God in Zimbabwe.

Vision

The goal of this project is to install a well to provide water to the church and community as well as support a large garden. The garden can provide 80 rows of 200 plants and has the potential to make a profit of $8,000 in a growing season. The profits from this project will go to supporting the costs of national ministry, namely visitation of congregations nationwide. The Church of God in Zimbabwe has had little to no support for several years and much needs to be done to reconnect congregations that are surviving in isolation throughout the country.

STRATEGY

The local government leader has granted land to the Church of God in Masvingo for use in building projects to benefit the church and the community. The church has authority over the land and can use it at their discretion.

The plan is to enclose the land with a basic security fence and install a well to provide water to the church and community along with supporting the garden. Zimbabawe has government extension workers who support these projects and are on hand to help with planting, agricultural advice, fertilizer application, etc. They work free of charge.  The garden can provide 80 rows of 200 plants and has the potential to make a profit of $8,000 in a growing season.

The profits from this project will go to supporting the costs of national ministry, namely visitation of congregations nationwide. The Church of God in Zimbabwe has had little to no support for several years and much needs to be done to reconnect congregations that are surviving in isolation throughout the country. Profits can also go to expanding the garden with further agricultural development in two additional phases.

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“…the need is for clean water, healthy food and employment.“

Dzingai Guni
National leader, Church of God Zimbabwe

IMPLEMENTATION

Phase I

Phase I includes boring the well, installing the fence, purchasing garden tools, fertilizers, seed and installing the well hand pump.

Cost for Phase 1: $20,815

Phase II

Phase II will see the addition of the drip irrigation and if not already installed a solar bore hole pump for the well.

These are great additions to the project and will help the garden to run more efficiently. A small percentage of the profits from the garden would be used to begin contributing to the ongoing development of the project.

Cost for Phase 2: $14,600

Phase III

Phase III is to construct 4 greenhouses, including labor and materials. Greenhouses will extend the growing season and create an environment for more productive gardens.

Cost for Phase 3: $19,830

Evaluation

Dzingai Guni (national leader), and Mike & Heather Webb (regional coordinators) will evaluate whether or not the garden has been successful and look at the costs and income once the project is in place.

The project will be successful if the garden is producing enough income to allow Brother Guni to travel to churches around Zimbabwe and pay for each successive growing season.

Brother Guni has experience in gardening and is able to establish and sustain a garden already on a smaller scale.

The Church of God in Zimbabwe

The Church of God in Zimbabwe started in 1992 with leadership from former missionaries Stan and Marion Hoffman. Between 1994-1995, the church nearly doubled in size to 39 congregations and 1,980 believers. In recent years however, the existing congregations have survived in isolation and much needs to be done to reconnect congregations with the national church.

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Mike Webb (Africa Regional Coordinator) with leaders from the Church of God in Zimbabwe

Letter from the Masvingo COG in Zimbabwe

 January 16, 2018

To the Global Strategy Team

I hereby write this letter as the National leader supporting the project of the well and garden. This project is going to help mostly church members in job creation and food. In Zimbabwe only ten percent are employed. This will be an advantage to our young people.

Also the church is going to get money after selling the vegetables and it will be used mainly in the church business.

We will be able to attend important meetings like Church of God World Conferences, Church of God all Africa conferences and Governmental functions.

Your in Him

Aleck Matigo
Local Pastor

Gloria Wizalamu
Secretary

Letter from the COG in Zimbabwe

 January 14, 2018

To the Global Strategy Team

We hereby write this letter as church members supporting the project of the well and garden. This project will help mostly church members with employment and good health food.

After selling vegetables the church will get money to assist work in the church. The community will get fresh water and vegetable nearby.

We all support the project on behalf of the church members.

Yours faithfully,

Rev Dzingai Guni (Bishop)
National Leader

Will you join Global Strategy in creating a sustainable national ministry?

Ways to make a difference

  • Check – make checks payable to “Church of God Ministries” and specify “Zimbabwe Well & Garden – 42.30361 in the memo line.
  • Online – visit this link.

For more information, contact Alyse Hoover at GSProjects@chog.org.

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