We look at Zimbabwe and we hear about inflation running at 231million per cent the last time it was measured in July 2008. The country is clearly falling apart and the poverty is alarming. It is becoming a human catastrophe that is going unchecked it seems to me.
Today (Sunday) in our Church at The Coventry Methodist Central Hall our friends from the local Zimbabwe fellowship provided beautiful backing singing to the traditional Holy Communion part of the service. They sang the hymns in their traditional Zimbabwe language and I was overwhelmed with a mixture of emotions.
As I watched these folks, so happy and so obviously deeply in love with God I couldn’t help feeling humble. I wondered what was going through their minds as they, no doubt, thought about their families struggling back home in Zimbabwe.
I couldn’t help thinking about the word “perspective.”
We are rightly worried about the recession and the financial crisis that engulfs the leading world economies. But I can't help thinking; are we really suffering hardship when compared with the innocent and helpless people living in Zimbabwe?
The sheer joy and happiness of the Zimbabwe fellowship in Coventry has to be seen to be appreciated. I am proud to know them and I am proud that our Church in Coventry opens its doors and welcomes our friends from Zimbabwe into our Church with open arms. We can learn much from them.
Annie and I intend to join one of their traditional Zimbabwe services soon to experience their worship first hand.