The Tide conducted a Leader to Leader workshop in Zimbabwe in August. This event was held at Wanezi Mission near Filabusi in south west Zimbabwe and is home to a high school with boarding facilities for several hundred students. Zimbabwean students were on break, so the dormitories, dinning hall and classrooms at the school were all vacant, providing a suitable venue to gather and accommodate workshop participants. The gathering included eight North Americans and over 130 pastors from various areas throughout Zimbabwe. Each day included morning devotions, three two-hour workshop sessions, recreation time and an evening worship service.
These Leader to Leader workshops provide a forum for mutually beneficial interaction between ministry leaders in Zimbabwe and North America and are organized by The Tide for a threefold purpose:
1. Minister to the Zimbabwean Pastors
The North American group provided the resources to host the indigenous pastors and acted as facilitators for the workshop sessions and inspirational times so that the Zimbabwean pastors could come and simply be ministered to, equipped, encouraged, and refreshed. Although the event was structured as a retreat, it also offered the opportunity for pastors to develop their spiritual gifts and hone their abilities through solid Biblical teaching.
2. Provide Networking Opportunities
Participants came together to process topics and issues relevant to their ministries. All the workshop sessions were discussion oriented so that even though the foundational material was being presented by Americans, the local Zimbabweans could engage in structured discussion sessions where the material could be contextualized and processed in light of their own cultural identities. This helped to foster a spirit of unity by providing the opportunity for pastors from across Zimbabwe to network together and build relationships with one another.
3. Promote The Tide Radio Ministry in Southern Africa
The Zimbabwean pastors were thrilled to be able to meet and interact with representatives of The Tide and expressed great appreciation for our Ndebele language broadcast which not only ministers to people in their congregations and communities, but also personally brings them daily inspiration.
The visiting team members were able to observe the spiritual environment and ministry opportunities and challenges in Zimbabwe and experience the role of The Tide radio ministry in building God's Kingdom in that region of the world. The pastors themselves expressed great appreciation for the opportunity to participate in our Leader to Leader workshop, and during a general conference meeting of approximately 2700 people immediately following our event, numerous delegates sought out members of the visiting team to thank them for what The Tide radio ministry is doing in Zimbabwe, and specifically for what had just been done for their pastors through the workshop.
We pass their gratitude on to you and thank you for all you do to help The Tide share Jesus with the world!