I am sitting in the Robert Mugabe International Airport, Harare, attempting to put into a blog the unprecedented, historic events of this past week.
It started this past Wednesday. Our team was heading to the gate at the OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg, when I received a WhatsApp stating that a military intervention had just taken place in Zimbabwe. Upon our arrival at the airport in Harare, we were greeted by a host of army soldiers. The city, normally bustling with people and roads jammed with traffic, was eerily quiet. As we drove through the city, our host said that Zimbabwe had never experienced anything like this since its independence in 1980.
Ironically, we had come to Zimbabwe to conduct our Commissioning a Lifestyle of Integrity Summit. The events of the week drastically affected the attendance, but their was a core group who faithfully made their way to the venue each evening. Then came Saturday morning. A massive march was planned for Harare at the exact time our closing session was to begin. Although late because of the hundreds of thousands of people who assembled in the downtown core, our faithfuls began to show up one by one.
To our amazement, a majority of those who attended the Summit were under the age of thirty. Who could ask for anything more than to see integrity birth in the hearts of the next generation. A movement of integrity has begun in Zimbabwe!
Today our team leaves this nation with the sense that in spite of the uncertainty of the hour, there is a core of people who are ready to see justice, righteousness and truth return to the streets of the city. It is the people that make Zimbabwe strong. What could have been a violent outburst on Saturday, turned into a massive celebration in hopes that Zimbabwe could arise to the dawn of a new day. Streets eerily empty on Wednesday because of fear of the unknown, were filled with elation on Saturday as people celebrated in hope of change! It was a moment in history I will long remember.
A leader elected to serve the people thirty-seven years ago has been brought to his knees. Who would have thought that what took thirty-seven years to build could fall within five days. A time many in Zimbabwe wondered if they would ever see.
Please pray for Zimbabwe. Pray that this historic turn of events will lead to a fresh commitment of integrity. It was one year ago this month that CLI held its first event in this nation. If there is ever a time for CLI to be present in Zimbabwe, it is today!!!!
Until next time…