[ ‘SHARE’ Nov-Dec 2015 ] JOIN HANDS JOIN HEARTS
Zimbabwe is infamous for its hyperinflation. In 2008, the country had an inflation rate of billions percent. High inflation, unemployment and high prevalence of AIDS all contribute to the country’s poverty.
Many children there are orphaned at a young age as a result of losing one or both of their parents to AIDS. CEDAR’s partner in Zimbabwe, Family AIDS Caring Trust (FACT), has over the years collaborated with local churches to look after AIDS orphans and families. Our conversation with Rev. Never Femayi who is involved with FACT’s ministry, helps us to learn more about the work among the children living on the margins of society.
How long have you been with FACT? What led you to this children ministry?
NF: I have joined the ministry for five years already. FACT and our church share similar goals to serve needy children. FACT ministers mainly to HIV-infected people, and we hope that through collaboration we may provide spiritual support to children affected by AIDS.
How does your church support the disadvantaged children in Zimbabwe?
NF: Our church provides spiritual support to disadvantaged children and teaches them life skills so that they can look after themselves and children of similar circumstances.
What changes do you hope to see in the children?
NF: Hope For Life supports HIV-infected youths; through life education we help youngsters learn to face life positively, accept their condition and make wise planning and decision for their future. We hope to improve their lives in different aspects, including education, health and social welfare.
Do you see hope in the children or the ministry?
NF: Our hope stems from seeing the children’s potentials. As a church, we serve the children so that they will see their lives’ value and meaning, and be edified to utilise their God-given potentials and talents.
What are your wishes towards the children or the ministry?
NF: We desire that the children will receive Christ and live victoriously, that they will persist in their antiretroviral therapy, and share their knowledge with fellow patients, so that more children will receive support from the community.
‘Join Hands Join Hearts’ Children Ministry Scheme