Population: 13.7 million (2012)
Official languages: English, Shona, Ndebele
Major religion: Christianity
IFES movement: Fellowship of Christian Unions (FOCUS)
Zimbabwe is a Christian nation and is counted among the most literate countries in Africa. Yet it has been facing many political, social and economic challenges for almost a decade. These difficult times have provided fertile ground for corruption and other vices. In addition, growing numbers of prosperity gospel preachers have bewitched many unsuspecting Christians.
- 40 tertiary institutions, 28 with FOCUS groups
- 6 full-time, 4 Associate stuff and 2 volunteer staff
- steadily growing graduate ministry
- largest student group at Harare Polytechnic College(120 students)
- smallest group at Sakubva Vocational Training Centre(25 students)
FOCUS Zimbabwe has recently been through a period of struggle mainly due to a shortage of staff and resources; at the end of 2009 there was only one full-time campus staff. Since then God has blessed the movement with 6 full-time staff to date. Their prayer is that God will grow the movement to one staff per campus through recruiting and training ministry apprenticeships.
FOCUS exists in an environment characterised by non-biblical teaching that is cunningly devised, attractively packaged in such a way that even the most faithful Christian students sometimes fall prey to it. The strength of FOCUS is found in the four ministry pillars of the movement: Evangelism, Discipleship, Equipping and Sending students as graduates focused on living as gospel witnesses for life.
View from the inside
Antony Dandato is the National Director of FOCUS Zimbabwe. He says. He says, ‘There is no ministry that is as strategic in shaping the future of a nation as student ministry. It lays a sure and solid foundation - through faithful Bible teaching - for transforming a nation through raising God-fearing, leaders of integrity’.’
John 3:16; Matt 28:18-20, 2 Tim 2:2 and 2 Tim 3:16 provide the FOCUS staff with an understanding of God's heart towards mankind, God's mandate to his children, their generations responsibility to entrust the gospel to the next generation unadulterated, and the sufficiency of Scripture as the primary tool for holistic ministry. 'For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again’ (2 Cor 5:14-19).
- for students to understand the word of God and make more time in their schedule to read it and allow it to shape their lives;
- for students to have wisdom and discernment to identify false teachings;
- for local fundraising initiatives, good governance and godly stewardship of resources;
- for strong administration structures and systems to help strengthen the ministry;
- for more staff and volunteers to serve the ever-growing number of colleges and universities.