Zimbabwe: Roofs (2 of 8)

One of the most common ministry needs that we saw was the need to complete a roof. Whether for a parsonage or a sanctuary, the congregation was able to put in the labor to make bricks, build the foundation and lay bricks to build the walls for the structure. This was able to be completed up to roof level in many locations. For the structure to be completed there was a need to purchase the trusses and roofing material and put it on all at once. Depending on the location and the size of the building the cost for a roof was US$5,000 to US$7,000.

Some of the churches had been waiting 15 years for a roof to be completed.

The availability of income, jobs, currency and many other factors contributed to the situation. When I returned to the United States, I was overwhelmed by the abundance of physical buildings and resources which are present in the denomination here.

Here is one example:

Sanctuary of Matendeudze United Methodist Church on Mutambara East Circuit

Where is your community in need of tangible resources? Where are tangible resources in abundance?

Stories from Easter (2 of 4)

I lead worship at the 5:00 PM Saturday and 9:00 AM Sunday services. Resurrection had services at the following times.

  • 5:00 PM Saturday
  • 7:00 PM Saturday
  • 7:00 AM Sunday
  • 9:00 AM Sunday
  • 9:00 AM Sunday (Resurrection West)
  • 9:15 AM Sunday (Student Center)
  • 10:00 AM Sunday (Grand Avenue Temple)
  • 11:00 AM Sunday
  • 11:00 AM Sunday (Resurrection West)
  • 11:00 AM Sunday (Internet)
  • 3:00 PM Sunday
  • 5:00 PM Sunday

Each of the services that I helped to lead were near capacity (3200 seats) in the sanctuary. It is really cool to lead worship in a space that is full – no matter what size.

Thanks to Travis for reminding me about the Resurrection West services and Janelle for the Internet stream. I apologize for initially leaving out these services.