'More than 500 dead' in Zimbabwe cholera outbreak

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More than 500 people have perished in a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, Opposition Leader Morgan Tsvangirai said in Tangiers.
The water-borne disease has killed "more than 500" and affected "more than half a million" people, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party said, after arriving in Morocco for a visit.
The UN earlier Friday (local time) put the number of fatalities at 412 and warned the outbreak was spreading to Botswana and South Africa.
"The rapid deterioration of the health service delivery system in Zimbabwe, lack of adequate water supply and inability to dispose of solid waste and repair sewage blockages in most areas will continue to contribute to the escalation and spread of the outbreak," said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs.
Cholera is now hitting the whole of eastern Zimbabwe and spreading, she said, as UN humanitarian agencies aim to ensure delivery of medical supplies, clean drinking water and water purification kits.
Zimbabwe belatedly changed its tune Thursday and asked for international help to fight the outbreak after long insisting that the situation was under control.
- AFP

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Within the covers of the Bible are all the answers for all the problems men face. The Bible can touch hearts, order minds and refresh souls.

-- President Ronald Reagan

African News Article

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Posted to the web 22 November 2008 Cape Town

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has barred the former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, the former United States President, Jimmy Carter, and the advocate for the rights of women and children, Graça Machel, from entering Zimbabwe.
The three were due to arrive in Zimbabwe on Saturday to assess the country's growing humanitarian crisis. Millions of Zimbabweans are facing food shortages, the country's educational and health systems are grinding to a halt and there have been outbreaks of cholera.
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But news agencies reported that the group had been denied travel visas. The organizers of the visit, the group of former leaders calling themselves "The Elders," said in a statement on Saturday that "the government of Zimbabwe has refused to cooperate in any way to make the visit possible." Delegations of "Elders" from the group, including Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, have in the past visited other areas of conflict, including Darfur, with the co-operation of the governments concerned.

Annan said in Saturday's statement that he had prepared for the visit by speaking to "many regional leaders" in southern Africa, who welcomed the proposed visit. "Millions of people are in need of help in Zimbabwe," Annan said in the statement. "We want to use our influence to increase the flow of assistance, immediately and in the longer term, to stop the terrible suffering. We are here to show solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe and to assure them that they are not alone."

Machel - also the wife of Nelson Mandela and the widow of former Mozambican president and Mugabe ally Samora Machel - said the Zimbabwean government's ban on the visit was "deeply regrettable." "People are dying from hunger every day... and hospitals are unable to treat the sick. With schools struggling to stay open, children are missing out on an education. One in four children has lost one or both parents... We want to talk to the people and hear their stories directly".

The delegation is already in South Africa. Carter said the group would remain in the region to learn as much as it could about the situation in Zimbabwe. The Elders was formed in response to an initiative by British businessman Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel.

Devotions

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Friday mornings I start my day with a 6am prayer meeting with a group of men. I then travel to meet with a group of Mozambician Pastors for a time of bible study. We started the bible study as a way to help local pastors to glean gems for themselves from the bible and to encourage each other.

It is a new concept for these men to find a verse from one bible chapter and then recognise why this verse is significant for them today and how they can apply this to their lives. The greatest advantage of this method is that it moves us away from verses that are often quoted and allows us to study verses we may have overlooked in the past.

This is truly a way to bring the bible alive instead of it being a book containing theory only. The bible becomes powerful when we each apply it to our lives. Each of the people that take part in this time of bible study find it very encouraging. I would love to see this type of study become a part of every day life.

Quotes

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"He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven."
- Lord Herbert

The Bible is a book in comparison with which all others are of minor importance, and which in all my perplexities and distresses has never failed to give me light and strength.
-- Robert E. LeeUnited States Army officer

Journal

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Exodus 17:8 While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek came to fight against them. 9 Moses commanded Joshua, “Call the Israelites to arms, and fight the army of Amalek. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.”
10 So Joshua did what Moses had commanded. He led his men out to fight the army of Amalek. Meanwhile Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of a nearby hill. 11 As long as Moses held up the staff with his hands, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites gained the upper hand. 12 Moses’ arms finally became too tired to hold up the staff any longer. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side, holding up his hands until sunset. 13 As a result, Joshua and his troops were able to crush the army of Amalek.
14 Then the Lord instructed Moses, “Write this down as a permanent record, and announce it to Joshua: I will blot out every trace of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 Moses built an altar there and called it “The Lord Is My Banner.” 16 He said, “They have dared to raise their fist against the Lord’s throne, so now the Lord will be at war with Amalek generation after generation.” NLT

Israel was victorious and God spoke to Moses about writing down the victory.
As I read this I was reminded of the importance of writing. When we commit thoughts to print it brings clarity to a situation. Things that caused us trouble seem smaller. We have the added benefit of being reminded of the victories we have had at a later date.
When I read back though my journal I can’t help but smile and grow in stature as I see what God has done for me and with me. I also wonder why problems I had seemed so big at the time. In print and under the light of time they seem to loose their enormity. Moses knew that God gave them the victory. By writing it down he and the generations to follow had a place to go when things were tough, drawing strength ready for the new victory.

As we face troubles it is the time to read our journals if we lack one to read, now would be a great time to start writing about the problems we face. Don’t forget to add the victory as God answers your prayers.

Be blessed
Greg Hart

World Greed

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The Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd took aim at greed, risky behaviour and excessive executive pay packages during an address to the National Press Club about the global financial crisis. "As we contemplate the impact of this financial crisis on real economies, real people and real lives, it must also galvanise us to act in the future that we never allow greed and lax regulation to put us in this position again," Mr Rudd said during his address.

The Australian Christian Lobby has backed the Prime Minister's concerns over the role of greed in domestic and international economic systems, with Managing Director Jim Wallace saying that Australia and much of the Western world have travelled too far down a path of materialism, where the desires of individuals are put ahead of the needs of the community. "We see the incongruities of this every day, with people on extremely high incomes co-existing in Australia with an estimated 100,000 homeless people."Mr Wallace added "This crisis reminds us that moral realities are universal and have global consequences. Obscene executive salaries of themselves are not the cause of the current collapse of international markets, but they are symptomatic of a level of greed, and importantly attitude, that is very much characteristic of a world loosing its spiritual roots." Source: Compiled by APN from information provided by the ACL

I would like to add that the current world economic situation is being helped along by an overwelming amount of fear. It is not suprising that greed mixed with fear would cause such chaos. Let us not pray for the world markets but let us pray that people will put their trust in Jesus not the riches of this world.
Greg Hart

November already

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Within the covers of the Bible are all the answers for all the problems men face. The Bible can touch hearts, order minds and refresh souls.

-- President Ronald Reagan


Wow it is November already. I am kept busy preparing for next year. I am translating a bible course into Portuguese. This is a mamoth task that is worth both the time and the effort. I will use this materal to teach in 6 locations starting at the end of the wet season. I have chosen 4 out of the 6 leaders that I will train as trainers and have a long term goal that one day they will be able to teach the material without my help. It is our vision to leave these Pastors equipped to train others in a portable bible college setting. I see this program assisting church planting in rural Africa immensely.

I am not a believer in reinventing a perfectly good wheel and have been blessed by Ps Gerald Rowlands who has developed the material which we will teach.

Greg Hart