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Anglican Church in Zimbabwe now takes evangelism a notch higher
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August 17, 2004

[CAPA - Central Africa] By Tim Chigodo
The Anglican Church in Zimbabwe has mounted gospel crusades throughout the country to reach more people with the gospel of Christ.

Evangelism co-ordinator, Revd Morris Gwedegwe, told CAPA e-bulletin that the church is focusing on all people but laying more emphasis on reaching the youth.

“We cannot ignore our young people if we hope to build a lasting foundation for our church,” he said.

Dioceses and parishes throughout the country are being encouraged to share the good news with as many people as possible with special focus on the youth. Zimbabwe has a population of 12 million of which a third (4 million) is under the age of 25.

Rev Gwedegwe said involvement of young people into the ministry was critical for the future growth of the church. He said both girls and boys would be trained on various church operations so that they can participate more actively in their churches.

Besides evangelisation, the church is also expanding its programmes to include HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns to reduce the spread of the disease. The church is focusing on promoting abstinence among youths and fidelity among married couples.

Just weeks ago, the entire Provincial leadership of the Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) met in Malawi to strategise how to forge a common front in dealing with HIV/AIDS.

Archbishop Bernard Malango said the Province would collaborate closely with other agencies and governments to deal with the scourge.

Official statistics indicate that more than 200,000 people are dying from HIV/AIDS every week.