Zimbabwe is a nation that has endured years of political chaos, economic collapse, and the AIDS pandemic. The Allens, in partnership with the General Council of the Assemblies of God Zimbabwe and USA churches and individuals, will follow a strategic plan toward an increasingly redeemed and transformed Zimbabwe. Drawing from 1 Corinthians 9:22 (by all means… save some…) these strategic partners will use a three-pronged approach to fulfill the mission of God in Zimbabwe.
- Evangelizing: Plant churches -The GCAGZ has 115 congregations for a population exceeding 14 million. A goal of 1,000 new churches by 2020 can be reached through strategic partnerships between the GCAGZ, US churches and individuals and missionaries on the ground. One facet of the strategic plan will encourage each local church to replicate itself each year.
- Educating: Train leaders – No leaders, no progress toward national church goals. Included in the strategic plan is the education and training of pastors and church leaders, augmented by cradle-to-grave discipleship.
- Empowering: Engage in compassionate ministries – Reaching out to the unreached, disenfranchised and rejected. We will work to enable vulnerable widows and orphans to develop sustainable lifestyle opportunities while training churches to do the same in their communities.
Simply put, missions is taking the good news of life through Jesus Christ to ethnic groups, cultures and countries beyond our homeland. We use whatever means are available to reach as many people as possible with this life-transforming message (1 Corinthians 9:22).