A Zimbabwe church leader stays true to his course.

By July 5, 2004

Zimbabwe (MNN)–Mixed messages are coming from Zimbabwe. The government has apparently done an about-face on their request for food aid, asking for help from the World Food Program.

President Robert Mugabe announced the country had produced a bumper harvest this year and would no longer require emergency food aid assistance. However, he did request that the U-N program continue to supply what he called ‘targeted assistance’.

Until that comes, Bible Pathway Ministry partner Pastor Alphaeus, says their outreach programs are taxed because most of the larger supporters of the church have left the country. “The last three years, we experience drought in the country. A lot of people were starving. This last month, the government passed a law to stop all food imports into the country, because they want to control the distribution of food themselves. This puts a heavy strain on what the church is doing.”

Alphaeus says his decision to feed the hungry earned him death threats and government scrutiny. He allowed some of his church members to camp on the church grounds until they were able to find a way out of the country.
On top of that, he fed them, and that is when the death threats began with phone calls in the night.

Then the police came to visit him, interrogate him about his church members, and threaten his life. In spite of the harassment, he never stopped.

Alphaeus says during this crisis, Bible Pathway has been vital to their outreach. “I got a lot of the books when I came here last year. With 10-thousand churches outside of the cities, the only book that they have is a Bible Pathway copy. We use that for Bible studies–we use that as the Scripture that we have there.”

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