News -Help Needed for Flood Victims in Zimbabwe
Seldom do you receive a letter from Horizon because of an EMERGENCY. This is an exception.
The Bulawayo/Matabeleland region of Zimbabwe, where Horizon sponsors 180 orphans through the ministry of ALICK and VIDAH PHIRI, has received persistent and heavy rain storms since just after Christmas.
A few days ago, a cyclone named Dieno swept through the area from the Indian Ocean.
The storm caused massive destruction to properties, roads, and bridges.
Particularly hard hit was Tsholotsho District approximately sixty kilometers west of Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe.
The Phiris and their team of volunteers facilitate the ministries of two Children’s Clubs through two Baptist congregations—the Sawudweni and Pakamani Baptist Churches.
Pastor John Moyo of Sawudweni and Pastor Kizito Ndlodu of Pakamani report that many of the 65 sponsored kids and their caregivers are fortunate to be alive as flash floods swept through these low lying areas.
Many were marooned on tall ant hills and other high vantage points until they were rescued by Zimbabwean Air Force helicopters which the government dispatched to the area.
While none of our sponsored children were injured and all are now safe, one caregiver, an aging grandmother, drowned because she wasn’t rescued in time.
Our children and their caregivers lost their homes, blankets, clothes, crops, livestock, school uniforms and books, mosquito nets, and medication—basically, everything they own.
Horizon’s chicken farm in Tsholotsho was destroyed and all the chickens were lost to the ravaging waters.
Our sponsored kids lost their personal flocks of chickens and herds of goats which have been built over the years from contributions given through our Gift Catalog.
The Sawudweni Baptist Church lost its roof and the Pakamani Church was flooded by several feet of water. Several school buildings where our orphans attend also collapsed.
Our Tshlotsho kids and their caregivers are now HOMELESS. They need food, drinking water, clothing, blankets, shelter, medication, and mosquito nets. Later, they will need school uniforms, books, and school supplies.
Eventually, we need to rebuild the Tsholotsho chicken farm and restock orphan flocks and herds so that our kids will have sustainable food sources.
Our affected kids and their caregivers are currently staying on the grounds of the Tsholotsho District Hospital.
The Zimbabwean government is currently facing a currency crisis and is unable to help with humanitarian aid.
March 1, we wired $2,500 to help with food and water.
Our Children’s Reserve Fund, however, is in dire need of being replenished due to financing another humanitarian disaster earlier this year in Kasese District, Uganda.
We will soon need additional funding beyond the initial survival dollars that have been sent to help rebuild the lives of these orphans and their caregivers.
Will you pray right now and ask God how you can respond to this opportunity?
Your love gift to the Children’s Reserve Fund of $10, $25, $50, $100, or whatever the Lord lays on your heart to give, will help Horizon and the Phiris to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this crisis.
Grateful for God, the Phiris, our Tsholotsho children, and you,
Founder and President
News -Sweater Weather
Do you have a favorite sweater?
One you aren’t willing to retire, even though some of its color has faded?
Even though its seams now sag, stretched way beyond its original form from days too numerous to mention being pulled on and off your body?
Even though your loved ones have hinted, strongly suggested, and threatened to buy you a replacement as you walk with it proudly displayed through the men’s department at Macy’s or JC Penney’s?
Mine is a dark blue Cambridge Classic that I’ve had since the mid-1980s. Sure, it hangs, sags, looks frumpy, and probably wouldn’t be accepted by the good people at my local Goodwill Drop-off Center!
That sweater and I, however, have shared lots of epic history.
I’ll never forget the time a golfer approached me on the 7th hole of the Long Beach Recreational Golf Course in Long Beach, California.
“Excuse me,” he said with a sense of awe in his voice. “Did you play in the Masters Tournament?”
For a moment, frozen in time, I was transported to my own version of Fantasy Island. After all, I’ve been known to hit a golf ball occasionally….
Okay, so I’ve broken Clubhouse windows and had to yell “Fore” to the golfers on neighboring fairways just enough to establish a local reputation.
By now, you might be wondering why anyone on the planet could possibly associate me with the PGA’s prestigious national Masters Tournament?
It’s the sweater.
The signature insignia on the front says it all: Classic Golf Masters Tournament: North Devon Championship!
You and I can make a similar impact statement in the life of an African orphan by purchasing a brand new sweater for a kid who doesn’t have one.
For $9.20, you can bring warmth to a child on those cold wintry days when the wind makes it feel more chilly than the actual reading on an outdoor thermometer.
Imagine the positive impression you can make in the life of a child every time he or she puts on the sweater that you have made possible!
The warm feelings generated by an awareness that someone in the world cares. The sense of belonging that lets them know that they matter, that they are somebody, that they are loved.
This is the kind of signature impact that I want to create in this world! How about you?
One sweater will cost $9.20. Most of us can afford this.
Three sweaters will run $27.60. $46 will purchase 5. $92 will secure 10.
If you really want to make a Masters Tournament Championship statement, a $460 donation will buy 50 sweaters!
Every sweater Horizon is able to purchase will create a legacy of love in some rural village or urban township that few in America will ever visit.
Join me, won’t you? One of these sweaters may actually be worn by a future president of an African nation. Or, an African Billy Graham!
Yours, for making epic history,
Founder and President
P.S. Join us at Horizon’s annual Golf Scramble in Indianapolis this coming May 15. You may just see my Masters Tournament sweater. After all, I need all the help I can get!