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Pastoral letter to Zimbabwe church leaders gathered at Victoria Falls

Sent to Bishop Dr Ambrose Moyo, President of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches by the WCC President for Africa, Dr Agnes Abuom.

19 July 2001

Sent to Bishop Dr Ambrose Moyo, President of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

Peace and grace to you. We have followed and continue to monitor the situation in Zimbabwe with great concern. It is a situation that is part and parcel of our prayers and meditation.

We are aware of your efforts towards peace, reconciliation and justice. The church in Zimbabwe is facing a testing of its faith. It is indeed a critical moment when the church is called to be a peacemaker, called to advocate for truth and justice with love and humility. Your role as a church is more critical than ever because forces of evil reside and are perpetuated by those you consider brothers and sisters in Christ but also by descent. Indeed the words of Paul to the Ephesians are relevant to you as ambassadors of Christ (Eph. 6:19-20)

It is our prayer that the Lord almighty will grant you the courage he gave prophet Elijah to speak to Ahab and his team. That your ministry will not be compromised. Rather that you shall be the "salt" and the "light" at this critical moment of your history.

We continue to pray for you and seek God's guidance in the situation. Remember that you are not alone in this process. Your fellow sister churches in Africa are with you despite their own problems. Africa needs a church that will restore hope to the people - a church that has a dream for the people -  a church that will speak the truth in and out of season. And may God through the Holy Spirit grant you the power and commitment to be his vessel of honour.

God's blessings and peace,

WCC Africa President
Dr Agnes Abuom