Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Could it get any worse?

Conditions in Zimbabwe continue to deteriorate rapidly and people are getting desperate. People are starving! I'll let you read more about it here.

We received an email from a friend in Zimbabwe this week. Here's what he wrote:

"The underlying fact is that the situation is getting worse everyday. The Zimbabwean Economy has just collapsed. Prices of all commodities are far above reach. I sometimes wonder how we are surviving. Our survival is through grace. Out in the communities people are starving to death and some are surviving on feeding on wild trees that have never been eaten. The yesterday Chronicle Newspaper mentioned the New prizes for mealie meal. A 50kg now costs 10 million. No one gets that much as a
salary.Most of the commodities are now basically sold in Forex."

It was over 2 years ago that Joel and I left for Zimbabwe. Things were bad then and they've progressively gotten worse. I have no idea how people are surviving, and I know many aren't. In the next few weeks I'll be putting together some Christmas gifts for some of our good friends in Zimbabwe. I wish I could just send all the mealie meal they'll need to get through the next year.

A situation like this demands a response. It is time to start giving... sacrificially... because even my tiniest sacrifices don't come remotely close to what my dear friends are experiencing.

1 comment:

ben, tam, and rowyn smith said...

You're right - giving sacrificially and praying are the only things that are going to help our brothers and sisters.