JourneyPartners began as an effort to find support and assistance for a rural primary school in central Zimbabwe.  In 1995, a small team of US volunteers, together with a big team of Zimbabwean parents and other volunteers, partnered in our first construction project – a library and administration building for Zororo Primary School in Gweru.

In the years since, JourneyPartners’ ministry in Zimbabwe has grown both in scope and diversity. Our mission has expanded to focus on clean and available water, education and school support, and health and medical support.  Our venues for service have also expanded, along with opportunities for creative approaches to partnership and immersion.  With support from congregations all over the United States, several national organizations and clubs, and more than a hundred volunteers, and together with Zimbabwean congregations, pastors, students, volunteer, workers, and dedicated friends, JourneyPartners proudly claims our role in these partnership missions.

Outlined below are our accomplishments since the ambitious undertaking in 1995 was completed:

2009 – In partnership with CrossLink International in Mclean, VA, Edge Outreach in Louisville, KY, Global Aid Network in Dallas, Texas, and Sanyati Baptist Hospital, Baptist Theological Seminary of Zimbabwe,  and Mr. Elias Maponga (volunteer project coordinator for Zimbabwe), JourneyPartners’ 2009 accomplishments in Zimbabwe include:

  • Immersion experiences for three immersion teams: Clinical nursing instructors and student nurses for a medical team, two professors for a teaching team, and five volunteers for a construction team.

  • Construction of a caretaker’s house for the future medical clinic in Nenyunga.

  • Completion of second hostel for AIDS orphans in Masembura, soccer field and equipment, wardrobes, bookcases, and security fence, and first Christmas in July party for the children atHouse of Hope.

  • Shipment of medical equipment and supplies, ready-to-eat meals for malnourished and starving villagers, 60,000 tablets of antibiotics, 400 pairs new shoes, and 350 textbooks to schools in several developing areas of Zimbabwe.

  • Shipment of more than 500 birthing kits to rural clinics in Zimbabwe.

  • Installation of water purification systems in remote villages and high-density townships, and training and certification in system installation and community hygiene training.

  • First Women’s Leadership Institute, in cooperation with the Baptist Seminary of Zimbabwe, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, VA, and Global Women of Birmingham, AL.

  • Provided uniforms and school fees for 40 primary school students in Zimbabwe, through the Jewels of Hope program (see webpage).

2008 – Together with Mercer University in Macon, GA, shipment of our first container of medical supplies and textbooks for Sanyati Baptist Hospital, and school supplies, hygiene supplies and children’s clothing for House of Hope.

  • Site visit and construction of a small library in the Crow Reservation community center in Montana, and exploratory development of a domestic reading project among the Crow Indians.

  • Donation of medications to Sanyati Baptist Hospital valued at more than $125,000

  • Initiation of agricultural micro-enterprise for Sanyati Baptist Hospital

  • Site visit to Nenyunga Clinic, in anticipation of project forZimJourney2009

  • Volunteer team from Southside Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL

  • Second partnership with Rotary International

2007 – Construction of House of Hope, a hostel for AIDS orphans in Masembura

  • Third Church Leadership Institute – Baptist Principles and Polity

  • Launching of the Jewels of Hope Zimbabwe program, with 20 children

  • Site visit to Chambuta High School, in anticipation of project forZimJourney2008

  • Volunteer teams from Vineville Baptist Church, Macon, GA (and friends) and students from Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, TN and Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

2006 – Construction of 75,000-liter water storage tank at the Baptist Conference Center in Gweru

  • Second Church Leadership Institute

  • Launching of Kutenda, a needlework co-operative for women in Zimbabwe

  • Volunteer team from Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC

  • First partnership with Rotary International

2005 – Participation in Annual Congress of Baptist Convention of Zimbabwe

  • Planning and Site Visits for future JourneyPartners programs in Zimbabwe

2004 – Renovation and repair of buildings and grounds, Baptist Conference Center and Baptist Theological Seminary, Gweru

  • First university student immersion teams

1999 – Renovation and repair of pastors’ homes and men’s dormitory at Baptist Theological Seminary

  • First Church Leadership Institute

  • Installation of electricity in teachers housing, Zororo Primary School

  • Volunteer teams from various congregations and organizations

1997 – Facilitation of partnership with the Alliance of Baptists

1995 – Construction of Zororo Primary School library and admin block, Gweru

  • Volunteer team from Ginter Park Baptist Church, Richmond, VA

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