Cyclone Idai devastates communities in Zimbabwe

Cyclone Idai devastates communities in Zimbabwe

Team - Revd Canon Lameck Mutete (Zinafe Chaplain)

Rev Canon Lameck Mutete

The aftermath of Cyclone Idai

On behalf of the Zimbabwe National Anglican Fellowship (UK) and our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ here in the United Kingdom, I am writing to express our solidarity and extend our prayerful support to God’s people as they go through these turbulent and challenging times. We are through this letter conveying our expression of deepest sympathy and solidarity to the grieving families of the victims and all those affected by this calamity. We continue to put our trust and confidence in the Lord who will enable us to rise above this disastrous situation. “Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared”. (Proverbs 3:25-26)

Affected Areas

It was with great distress and sadness that we received the news about the worst hit of the devastating tropical cyclone Idai in Malawi, Mozambique and our country Zimbabwe. Cyclone Idai has destroyed most buildings, homes, schools and taken many lives. It is reported that poor weather conditions are current hampering efforts by the military and humanitarian agencies to reach thousands of stranded people. The most affected areas being in the eastern province of Manicaland and the country has declared this catastrophe a national disaster. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the families and friends of all those who lost their lives or who have been injured in this natural catastrophe of unimaginable dimensions.

Zinafe Appeal

As a Christian Fellowship here in the United Kingdom, we have heard the cry of God’s people and although we may be far away from our country, our hearts and thoughts are with our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe. In the next few days following our ZINAFE Council meeting on the 23rdMarch, WE will be sending information through the National Secretary to all branch chairpersons requesting contributions from all our members towards this noble cause.

We sincerely pray to Almighty God to bestow mercy on all those who are suffering now and grant divine comfort and consolation to the bereaved families at this time of their immense trial and grief.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Matthew 25:35-40)


Lord we remember when the disciples of Jesus were terrified after a long night on a turbulent sea. When they cried to you for help, you stilled the sea and brought them safety. We ask now that you comfort and still the hearts of those suffering from the effects of Cyclone Idai. We pray for those whose lives are lost and for those who grieve the loss of a loved one. We also pray for those who are attempting to offer help and relief to victims. Help us all to be Christ-like in our compassion and outreach Calm their hearts and let them experience the solidarity of the human community. Hold them close and help us witness to your love through our aid and support’. Amen

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