“I have not had the privilege of owning a towel since my husband was alive..."
Her village thought she was a witch. It was the only explanation the simple Zimbabwean villagers could accept for what had happened to the aging widow.
All her children either died or left with her grandchildren.
Ostracized, alone, and facing the challenges of her aging body, she was in need of a new family.
And the Lord provided one.
She was thrilled to be accepted by a new family, and though she is old and leaving her home is difficult, she comes to the Gwayi River Mission Base run by Hut of Hope to help whenever she can.
“God gave me a family that understands my pain and supports me,” she testified.
Hut of Hope Trust is a mission organization in Zimbabwe that ITMI partner, Charl van Wyk works with to make disciples in Zimbabwe. It is run by Charl’s co-minister, Cozmore Fungulani, and his wife, Laizah.
Hut of Hope’s mission is focused on helping widows and orphans - of which there are an abundance - in Gwayi River, Zimbabwe.
At Gwayi River Mission Base, Cozmore has programs set up for widows based on their physical age and ability. There are about 60 widows that participate in this program. They serve others by contributing to the work of maintaining the mission base, and in return, they receive a parcel of food supplies or other basic needs.
Cozmore understands that these widows, regardless of their age (some are young and able, while others are elderly and feeble) want more than their physical needs to be met. They want to belong to something bigger than themselves, so contributing through service gives them that.
It also provides ample opportunities for Cozmore to make disciples by sharing the Gospel, providing Biblical teaching and opportunities to implement what they learn from God’s Word.
Another widow that is part of Cozmore’s ministry received a clean, new towel last Christmas. This was provided through the gifts of ITMI supporters who donated toward our Christmas Giving Catalog item, Basic Necessities for Vulnerable Women.
She said, “I have not had the privilege of owning a towel since my husband was alive. Thank you for making me special.” Instead, they would use shirts or other clothes to dry off.
Cozmore reflects on the impact of the provisions from ITMI supporters,
“I have been to places where kids fight for their food to be on a specific plate of their choice, and I’ve been to places where kids fight for survival. They don’t even have a choice whether it is on a plate or the ground, they just eat. The food hampers and the Christmas gifts and party become one of the stories they cherish and share because it makes them part of the community.”
Cozmore can accomplish this Christmas ministry opportunity for about $17 per person, and it means a great, great deal to those who are blessed by it. This year, ITMI is pleased to bring you the opportunity to join Charl and Cozmore in this impactful ministry!
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