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It’s now 6 weeks since we arrived back in Zimbabwe; time has really flown. We’ve quickly settled back into life here and are enjoying getting back into the swing of the weekly routine that we had established before our time away in January. One of…

It’s now 6 weeks since we arrived back in Zimbabwe; time has really flown. We’ve quickly settled back into life here and are enjoying getting back into the swing of the weekly routine that we had established before our time away in January.

One of the joys of my involvement here has been the variety of activities that fill my week. For example, amongst other things, in the past fortnight I have: written reports; delivered bread; edited a financial policy; spent time being a mentor; checked up on the building of a greenhouse and started setting-up an e-learning server. One particularly enjoyable recent project was to make a promotional video for Ebenezer to be used on a partner organisation’s website and in recruiting new apprentices. You can watch the video below…

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(Ebenezer promotional video – apologies if the quality’s a little grainy, the higher resolution version is too large to post)

We feel that we can make this place our home, that we can make a lasting difference to people’s lives, but without any news on the progress of our work permit it’s difficult to imagine what this year is likely to hold for us. However, 2013 does promise to be an eventful year for Zimbabwe. A referendum on the adoption of a new constitution is being held this coming Saturday, and this will be the precursor to a general election that will take place later in the year – sometime in June or July is the current consensus.

I was speaking with a friend about how 2013 might develop and how it could be a ‘big year’ in the life of this country. My friend’s response was that: “every year is a big year in Zimbabwe.” It seems as though, for so many of the Zimbabweans that we’ve met, their characteristic patience and optimism has so often been met with failure and disillusionment. Each of the significant developments of recent years appear to be better remembered for what could have been, rather than what has changed or improved. It is our prayer that 2013 does indeed mark a positive step forward for this nation; that voting passes peacefully; and that hope, not fear or cynicism, will define this wonderful country.

With love and blessings,

Joe.