By Pastor Rob Chifokoyo
Every year in November churches all around the world take a weekend to focus on the importance of taking care for orphaned and vulnerable children. This weekend is popularly known as Orphan Sunday and it has brought much attention to the call to love and care for orphans around the world. 2020 was an unusual year and due to gathering restrictions and elections, we decided to move our Orphan Sunday to this coming Sunday, March 14th. There are so many passages in the Bible where we clearly see God’s heart for the orphan, and how we are called to follow our Heavenly Father’s heart in this. The book of James puts this way…
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” - James 1:27
This weekend at Covenant, we’re focusing our attention on the precious children at Domboshava Children’s Home who are affectionately known as the D-Kids. Our relationship with Pastor Peter started in 2012 when we were introduced to his ministry by Bud and Mandy Jackson, and it has grown in depth and partnership over the years. We will be highlighting this in our service and in the sermon which I am looking forward to preaching.
We have been able to build two orphan homes in Domboshava which currently take care of 14 children and 4 care givers, as well as the purchase of a transition home in Harare, Zimbabwe. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity over the years and your continued prayers. There is so much to be thankful for as we look back at what God has done but there is also great opportunity looking ahead.
This Sunday we will be inviting you to a couple of things.
- The first, would be to consider sponsoring a child or multiple children by texting dkids (all one word) to 97000. These much-needed sponsorships are evenly distributed to care for all the children and to make sure that the homes have what they need. The number has already gone live so you don’t have to wait for the weekend, you can text it right now to start giving!
- The second invitation would be to attend the D-Kids Virtual Event on Wednesday, March 17 from 7:00-8:00pm. The event will be streamed online on YouTube and Facebook and will feature a conversation with Pastor Peter where he will give updates and information on what has gone on in 2020 and the things, they’re looking forward to in 2021.
We also have a very special guest, Taps Mugadza, who will be speaking and performing at this event. Taps is a well-known Zimbabwean musician who was abandoned at 2 days old and grew up in a Zimbabwean orphanage. It is only by God’s grace that he has managed to rise and have a successful musical career in California. Taps has traveled all over the world sharing his story in partnership with some of the largest organizations in the world. His relationship with Christ is always front and center and is highlighted wherever he goes. You won’t want to miss his powerful story and performance.
As a Zimbabwean I am truly grateful for how God has placed the people of this nation on so many people’s hearts at Covenant. I have seen firsthand the impact your generosity has made - like the child I met on the streets who had no hope but ended up finding a home after being rescued by Pastor Peter and Tsitsi. I am encouraged by the amazing foundations that have been built in the past, and I hope you can join me in praying for a fruitful future. I believe we can raise what is needed to continue to care for these precious children, and I am expectant of how God is going to use us to love this ministry well. If you have a heart for the nations, or just want to know more about our Zimbabwean partnership, then you’ll be glad that you came.