the Community of the Resurrection does not maintain a permanent presence in Zimbabwe, Brethren visit frequently, with students from the College and other priests
and lay people linked with CR. The
Community is involved with a number of projects to support young Zimbabweans
in these very difficult times, for example
school fees of a number of children who have been orphaned by AIDS
Tariro House in Harare, which gets teenagers in need back into school or training
income generating projects in the rural areas for young people to give them a
sense of purpose in life
Dioceses of Masvingo, Harare and Manicaland with training of clergy
communities of Sisters to survive these hard times
three children’s homes with gifts of money and clothes
Eucharist in places which hardly ever see a priest
praying for a
political change that will enable the country to recover its economy.
do this, the Community raises money in England, America
Germany. If you would like to contribute to this, please contact Fr Nicolas Stebbing
best way to keep up to date with CR's work in Zimbabwe is to follow the Facebook page for Tariro here:
(from the CR Prayer Vigil held on 26 September 2011 organised by the CR
Novitiate). Fr Nicolas said afterwards: “Thank you so much to everyone
who joined in our prayer for
this evening. We were amazed by the scores of people who let us know they were
praying and no doubt many more did it without telling us. We felt ourselves
part of a great praying company tonight.
needs our prayer but this type of vigil also helps us deepen our own
relationship with God and discover new aspects to intercessory prayer.
Tonight’s prayer will have built us deeper into the living body of Christ
and united us more firmly with our suffering brothers and sisters all over the
world. Nicolas CR”.
preached by Nicolas CR at Worksop Priory 10 April, 2011. Fr Nicolas explains:
people of Worksop Priory have been generous to
in the past and this year are aiming to raise £1,000 for the Tariro charity.
When I left at the end of an excellent parish lunch and raffle they were
within £40 of their target. Meanwhile the Methodist church in Worksop have
also raised £1,000 for a specific project within Tariro so I went there as
well to receive the gift and tell them a little of our work. People in this
country are amazingly generous.
sermon I preached tries to show how
, despite all the disaster stories, is also a place where Jesus is clearly
present as ‘the Resurrection and the Life’.”
Tongogara Refugee Camp
October 2010: From Fr
Nicolas: “If you read the journal
of my visit to
page] you will remember that we
visited Tongogara refugee camp and were overwhelmingly moved by
the Anglican community there. One of the students who was with me (Ben
Bradshaw) has undertaken to raise money to help them build a church.
y need about US$6,000. On Monday 11 October he is going to do a 24 hour
prayer vigil in the College oratory to pray for this and to invite people
to join him in the praying and/or to donate to the cause”. Please
read Ben's account and see photographs here,
which also includes details of how to make a donation.
Update from Ben: "Thank
you so much to all of you who have helped with our project to build
the refugees in Tongogara a Church. Words fail to describe how
touched I have been by the support so many people have given to us in
raising the funds. I have always tried to thank each one of you personally
for your donations and prayers but if I have not been able to
get hold of your contact details, please accept my thanks now. I am very
excited to let you know we have now raised a total of £4,408. Of that,
approximately £3,500 has come from CR Companions and people they have
told about this project! You have all taken this project in to your hearts
and your donations will mean the prayers of the refugees will come true.
24 hour prayer vigil was a very moving experience; it was wonderful to
have many hundreds of people from all over the world say a prayer that day
for the refugees and we only have to look at the total now raised to show
that our prayers have been answered. My fellow students here at the
College of the Resurrection were also very supportive and as a College we
raised £668 towards the Church.
remaining funds have come from personal friends and also some small
donations received from an article in the
Examiner which further publicised our project. We have now moved
close to our target of £5,000 and the fact we have got so near in
such a short space of time is all down to the support from the CR
Companions. If we are blessed enough to go over our target and have funds
left over once the Church is built we would make sure the extra money
is used to help the refugee community at Tongogara. We could use the money
to help the children in Tongogara, especially in the development of their
education, whether it is in text books or extra lessons. Because one day
these young children will be adults and we pray they will be able to leave
the camp by this time and so it is vital they are taught the
skills needed so they can have a good future. I will keep the CR
Companions updated on the rest of the fundraising campaign and of course
any photographs of the Church once building starts. You are all in my
November 2010: Further
update from Ben Bradshaw: "I am very pleased
to tell you all that so far we have raised £7809, a remarkable achievement
which should allow us to build and furnish a church for the refugees out
. We sent the first instalment of money last week and we have just received
an email from the Bishop's Office who are overseeing the whole project.
y have told us that building plans have now been completed and that
the materials are soon to be purchased and transported.
y also told us that this coming week the pegging of the church
will be starting so that the legging of the church can also begin,
this means that the groundwork is now well underway. This is very
exciting news and I will make sure to let you all know how things are
going with the building every step of the way. With every blessing.
2010: Further update from Ben: "I am so pleased to show you
what your most generous donations and sincere prayers have already achieved at Tongogara
se recent photos show us that the building work is now well underway in
the Camp and that solid foundations for the Church have been laid. So far
we have raised an incredible £8,200 towards the project. I will keep you
updated with further photos and news of development as soon as we receive
it. Thank you all so much. In Christ, Ben".
Form for the CD "Nobody's child" (all the proceeds go towards
helping educate young people in need in
Batiks (which may be purchased to help the Community's mission work in