19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.” Matthew 28:19-20 CEB
ZIM VIM stands for “Zimbabwe Volunteers in Mission.” Community UMC has had an on going 20 year relationship with the country of Zimbabwe and in the last few years, we have focused our efforts on a village called Hanwa. We have assisted in building schools, providing electricity and clean water, and improving health clinics. Most importantly, we have established lasting relationships with the Zimbabweans by visiting their village approximately every other year. If you have an interest in this wonderful ministry please contact our team leader, Charlie Moore.
Charlie was in Zimbabwe in October and visited the Hanwa Mission Center. This is one of the sites where the Community UMC – ZIM VIM Team has been working for a number of years. Plans are currently underway for our team to return in mid-January to assist in the construction of another school classroom block. This time it will be for the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program. While Charlie was in Hanwa there was a reporter from the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area Communications Staff, Ms. Kudzai Chingwe. She took a ton of pictures and wrote a lengthy article outlining the history of the BWC/Community UMC partnership in Hanwa. This article, “Baltimore Washington Conference Partners With Hanwa Mission Centre of Murehwa UMP District,” is being circulated in the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area. This is a powerful example of the depth and breadth of our “global connection” within the United Methodist Church.
The ZIM VIM team is preparing for their next trip in January 2019! If you are interested in donating toward this trip, please visit our online giving page and designate your gift in the ZIM VIM line. Thank you!