Hope and Truth


Hope and Truth

Sarah Cross – ACSI Zimbabwe Chairperson
The struggles are real, the disappointments and darkness are draining, and there is a feeling of hopelessness in the air across Zimbabwe at this difficult time in our schooling system. Due to the enforced lockdown, loss of employment, compulsory closure of schools, our children, our teachers and our school leaders are struggling. There are a few schools, a small minority, still able to continue education in some form online, but for the large majority across our country the situation is very bleak and confusing, causing many to ask, Lord, where are you?
The headmaster from one of our member schools, says, “It’s been a big blow! We have completely ceased all school operations as the majority of our parents and pupils do not have access to data or find it too expensive….. we are in the fire and the lion’s den like Daniel. BUT When we bounce back we will have a story to tell……..” Another small mission school, also one of our members, who were hoping to open in January 2021, writes “from a downhearted soul, trusting Jesus…. But feeling disappointed that some basic funding issues and parent Covid-related issues with children not being schooled since March 2020, all seems overwhelming, even though we know God is in control but for now we just need people to hold up our arms and wipe away our tears during these trying days.”
“I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. YET THIS I call to mind, and therefore have HOPE: because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, The Lord is my portion, therefore I will wait for Him” (Lamentations 3:19-24) 
So, we are thankful for the HOPE that we have in Jesus. In the Truth that is firm, and that we can know. Thank you for praying for and with us, in the struggles and storms, and we hope that you will take encouragement as we do, to keep looking to Jesus, know His great love for us and for our communities.
Other member schools at the same time are rejoicing at very good public exam results, and seeing growth and provision. Their schools are able to open online, and they see new learning opportunities for staff, pupils and parents. With these schools we too rejoice and celebrate, and we thank God for their testimony of His provision:

Other member schools at the same time are rejoicing at very good public exam results, and seeing growth and provision. Their schools are able to open online, and they see new learning opportunities for staff, pupils and parents. With these schools we too rejoice and celebrate, and we thank God for their testimony of His provision:

Other member schools at the same time are rejoicing at very good public exam results, and seeing growth and provision. Their schools are able to open online, and they see new learning opportunities for staff, pupils and parents. With these schools we too rejoice and celebrate, and we thank God for their testimony of His provision:

Other member schools at the same time are rejoicing at very good public exam results, and seeing growth and provision. Their schools are able to open online, and they see new learning opportunities for staff, pupils and parents. With these schools we too rejoice and celebrate, and we thank God for their testimony of His provision:

Other member schools at the same time are rejoicing at very good public exam results, and seeing growth and provision. Their schools are able to open online, and they see new learning opportunities for staff, pupils and parents. With these schools we too rejoice and celebrate, and we thank God for their testimony of His provision:

Other member schools at the same time are rejoicing at very good public exam results, and seeing growth and provision. Their schools are able to open online, and they see new learning opportunities for staff, pupils and parents. With these schools we too rejoice and celebrate, and we thank God for their testimony of His provision:

Other member schools at the same time are rejoicing at very good public exam results, and seeing growth and provision. Their schools are able to open online, and they see new learning opportunities for staff, pupils and parents. With these schools we too rejoice and celebrate, and we thank God for their testimony of His provision:

Gateway Primary Online Again in 2021 – Gus Hulley (Headmaster) We were looking forward to a more normal year with a return to sports and co-curricular activities. However, with a new lockdown imposed due to the significant increase in infection rates and deaths, we had to start 2021 on an online platform once more. This has come with significant challenges, the main one being class teachers starting with a new class of children they had either never met or never taught. Relationship is one of the key components of good learning and as such we have had to adjust our approach.
Last year devotions were posted on our Edmodo platform for the whole school each morning. This year we have daily connect Zoom meetings where the class teachers are able to share a devotion and then catch up with the children, give them feedback on work submitted and prepare them for the lessons they would receive for the day. Whilst a pale substitute for face-to-face relationships, these connect moments have been key for relationship building and spiritual formation in the lives of the children.
Our assemblies are uploaded each week for the whole school, which reinforce the devotions for the week and enable us to give commendations and merits. One of the positive aspects of online teaching is that there is much more collaboration between staff and working together in their grades and with the specialist subject teachers. Staff and Management meetings have had to be Zoom meetings, and the interaction has diminished with Zoom fatigue setting in. It has also been a real challenge to monitor the health and welfare of staff as they cope with so much. Please pray with us for a swift and safe return to the classroom and for wisdom to leverage the online platform for the greatest benefit for the children, both in an all-online environment and when we are back in the classroom.
The gift of being one family is that we can, as Romans 12:15 says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn”. God is near. His grace is sufficient.
So, in all and through all, we give glory to God and we look to Him, and we trust Him, for today, and for all our tomorrows, and say “Blessed be the name of our Lord”.