At the end of July, I have the privilege of being the only high school team member traveling with my grandparents, Kay and Tom McHorse to Zimbabwe to work with ZOE. I know this will be the experience of a lifetime for me and I am truly looking forward to embarking on this journey and to personally experiencing God’s power at work.
ZOE helps orphaned children in Africa break the cycle of poverty by giving them tools and guidance needed to become self-reliant and to stay healthy. While I am there, I look forward to living in the moment and opening myself up to new experiences. I am excited to gain understanding of a different culture and to see how others in our world can be empowered through faith in God, determination and hard work. I believe this journey will help me see real world examples of the situations I learned of on the Heifer Ranch mission trip last summer.
I plan to leave all worries behind and do my best to bring joy to others, by helping in any way I can while building relationships with my grandparents, other team members and the people of ZOE. Please pray for the TUMC ZOE team to have safe travels and open hearts. I am grateful to be given this opportunity and I plan to share my experiences with everyone when I return.
High School Student
TUMC is entering our second year of supporting a group of 96 juvenile heads-of-household and their younger siblings in Zimbabwe, which has more than 1.5 million orphans as a result of the African AIDS epidemic. All accepted orphans are enrolled for a three year training program and placed in a ZOE working group in their local communities. $100 supports a child through a year of skill-building and self sufficiency. Last year we met our goal of supporting our ZOE working group for their first year, and the Missions Committee hopes we can continue supporting them into their second year and through their completion of the three year program. Contact Rachel for more information, and give online to help support our ZOE children.