[WCC] The World Council of Churches General Secretary, the Revd. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe leading a delegation of church leaders from Europe, Africa and North America. The two-day trip is an ecumenical solidarity visit to manifest Christian churches’ support for the people of Zimbabwe.
“We make this solidarity visit to Zimbabwe to express our commitment to work with the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC), including our member churches and all peace-seeking people of Zimbabwe, and to support their tireless efforts on the ground to secure justice and peace in the country," said Revd Tveit.
The delegation will meet with Zimbabwe government officials, including the vice president. Most Christian Churches in Zimbabwe are members of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, which is undergoing a revitalisation under its new leader, Revd. Dr Kenneth Mtata: “We see ourselves as a manifestation and extension of the global Christian family, and we are confident that we can play an important role for the people of our country. The solidarity visit puts us on the ecumenical map and shows the vitality of our Christian fellowship,” explained Revd. Mtata.
In a country where 80 percent of the population is Christian, the ZCC’s mission is to facilitate the empowerment of and renewal of its member churches, so that they have a sustainable and transforming Christian presence in Zimbabwe. “We envision a strong Christian ecumenical fellowship for a united, peaceful, just and prosperous nation, where all citizens experience holistic salvation,” added Revd. Mtata.