On Wednesday 25 May 2011, Christian Aid in Zimbabwe supported the church in their National Day of Prayer.
The day aimed to bring 5,000 people together to pray in light of the rumours that the general election, scheduled to take place this summer, may be postponed until late 2012 or early 2013.
In the heart of Harare, people prayed for political reconciliation and restoring justice in Zimbabwe.
Christian Aid's Harare office reports that the mood of the people prior to the anticipated elections has been 'depressed, fearful and uncertain'. Programme officer Tapiwanashe Hoto explains: 'they want to see a situation whereby the constitution is in place, the media is independent and not partisan.'
In the past, public events have been banned or disrupted by the local authorities. So please join us in supporting the Zimbabwe people with this brave event.
Prayer for Zimbabwe
We join with churches in Zimbabwe and pray for peace, justice and reconciliation, holding before God all who are uncertain and all who are afraid. We hold in our hearts the poorest and most vulnerable people in the words of a prayer from Zimbabwe:
Open my eyes that they may see
the deepest needs of people;
move my hands that they may feed the hungry;
touch my hearts that it may bring warmth to the despairing;
teach me the generosity that welcomes strangers;
let me share my possessions to clothe the naked;
give me the care that strengthens the sick;
make me share in the quest to set the prisoner free.
In sharing our anxieties and our love,
our poverty and our prosperity,
we partake of your divine presence.
Film: disruptions to our work
In this short film Tapiwanashe speaks about disruptions to our work in Zimbabwe and how people are affected by the current political situation.