Home to 431 Salvation Army corps, 110 schools and four hospitals, Zimbabwe is supported by the Canada and Bermuda Territory through the territorial world missions department and the Army’s Partners in Mission Appeal. This March, Commissioner Brian Peddle, territorial commander, visited Zimbabwe to observe and support the Army’s work there. In this blog, he shares his experiences.
March 9 (Sunday)
The Salvation Army’s Tshelanyemba Hospital, Zimbabwe
A children’s singing group at Tshelanyemba Corps
It was a relief to wake early and take in a panoramic view of our surroundings, which were hidden by the darkness last evening. The early dawn brought out more birds and unique sounds then I had heard in a while. The hospital grounds were active by 6 a.m. and I saw everything from the goat herder to the nurse heading to the wards and others preparing for the day ahead.
The day really began when we met the congregation at Tshelanyemba Corps for worship. They all came to the hospital chapel because the outdoor site had been messed up by heavy rain. Slowly, the corps assembled with welcomes, singing and dancing. The young people were front and centre and more than two hours later we said goodbye to new friends.
In the afternoon we shared briefly with the nursing students, soon to be graduates. They have been away from family for 18 months and are now looking to enter the workforce. This meeting took place in the dark as we had lost our electricity earlier. The flashlight came out and the generator kicked in mid-evening.
I dare not compare my world and theirs, but what is notable is an expression of joy that comes from faith and family lived out in community. Despite all that we have in our lives, I don’t ever see smiles in my circles like the ones that impressed me today.
Can’t wait for tomorrow: I get to spend time with our doctors at Tshelanyemba Hospital.