Bill Turner died in his sleep on
December 30, 2013 at the home of his sister in Louisiana. Bill
served on the ROCK of Africa Missions Board and conducted missions
training with missionaries and outreach teams. complete
is a Zvikonyaukwa Christmas.
Jasper Zvikonyaukwa, Operation Manager
for ROCK of Africa Mission, was born in 1974 in rural Zimbabwe.
He was a young adult before he saw or did many of the things we take
for granted. He was out of high school before he stepped onto a bus;
saw a television; or took a bath in a bathtub. As a young boy,
bathing was always done in a river, which seems shocking when you
remember how many crocodiles there are in the rivers of Zimbabwe.
But, Christmas Day was the most special day of the year! Learn
what was Christmas like in the Zvikonyaukwa home.
November is SPRINGTIME in the Southern
Hemisphere, a time of new beginnings. During the Thanksgiving
holiday, ROCK of Africa Mission outreach teams deliver HOPE in the
form of food, seed, and mosquito nets, essentials necessary for
surviving the difficult conditions in southern Africa.
November is a time of Joy, Dancing, and THANKSGIVING, in Africa!
remarkable year in Africa.
During 2012 we experienced enormous
challenges; great victories; heartbreaking losses; and impacted the
lives of many wonderful people!
NEWS: From the ROCK of Africa
ROCK of Africa Mission is an ALL volunteer
organization and pays no salaries. Like you, we have a passion to
use our time and resources to make a difference in Africa. The
entire ROCK of Africa Mission family has a very special message for
YOU this Christmas!
NEWS: The Christmas Season.
The most significant holiday of the year is commemorating
the birth of Jesus and the very first Christmas day. Every
year there is an ULTIMATE gift -- that gift everyone wants,
and is frequently hard to find. We remember Cabbage Patch
Kids; Elmo; Transformers; Gameboy; iPod; iPhone; and iPad.
BUT, what is the ULTIMATE Christmas gift in Zimbabwe?
NEWS: Janet Mkandla died at just 16 years
old. But, Janet's death was not the only tragedy.
NEWS: More Zimbabwean women dying in childbirth.
"We must always remind ourselves that a maternal death is an
avoidable death. We know that 15% of all pregnancies will face a
life-threatening complication," said M'decins Sans Fronti'res (MSF)
Women's Health Advisor Kara Blackburn. "HIV and Aids are the leading
causes of disease and death of mothers in [Zimbabwe]," she said.
GOOD NEWS! ROCK
of Africa Mission Operations Manager, Jasper Zvikonyaukwa & wife
Margaret are now proud parents of a new baby BOY! Margaret
wants the baby to be named 'Jasper' (meaning a ROCK) after his
father. We are in complete agreement. Congratulations to the
NEWS: UN Report: Zimbabwe worst place
to live in the world. The United Nations Development Program
has released its annual Human Development Index - a report that
highlights education, health and income of nations. Zimbabwe was
last place. complete
NEWS: Typhoid Fever Outbreak in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe is reporting up to 50 cases of typhoid per day and has
treated more than 1,500 people in an outbreak blamed on poor water
and sanitation facilities, the health minister is report. complete
NEWS: Profiles from Zimbabwe. Three very
special individuals from ROCK of Africa Mission profiled:
Purity and Eric are children rescued from very difficult
circumstances and Tiwone was a giant of a woman who died a tragic
early death from lack of basic medicines at the hospital.
NEWS: Starving villagers trade daughters for
maize. (from Daily News, Zimbabwe) "We have no option that's
why we are trading our daughters this way because we can't let the
rest of the family starve to death..." said Hlalati Baloyi of
Malaria outbreak. After HIV/AIDS, [malaria] is the biggest killer of
children under five in Zimbabwe. The estimated one million cases of
malaria each year in Zimbabwe are also a serious threat to pregnant
women and newborns, the leading cause of work-absence due to illness
and a severe brake on economic growth. complete
Zimbabwe hospital now requires the parents of children to select a
funeral home before their child can be admitted! - In a shocking
reflection of the dire state of Zimbabwe's healthcare system,
Thorngrove Hospital in Bulawayo is turning away patients who refuse
to pick a [funeral] parlor before treatment. A mother whose daughter
was admitted with measles last month said, "One of the conditions
for my daughter to be admitted was that we should indicate which
funeral parlor to call when she dies." complete
Zimbabwe is in the midst of a medical crisis! (read
more) YOU can make a difference in Zimbabwe with your
prayers and financial support! Thank you for caring about
SW Radio Africa (London):
2009 Academic Year in Zimbabwe Under Threat As Schools Likely to
Remain Closed. Zimbabwe's education sector has not been spared
in the total collapse of the country, and it's believed that less
than 20% of the country's children received schooling last year. The
attendance number is once again expected to drop, this time
dramatically, as thousands of children and their families are still
battling the humanitarian crisis, that has left untold thousands
dead from disease and starvation.
AP: Zimbabwe economic
collapse challenges aid workers. Aid workers in interviews
this week described having to bring in everything from soap to
medical equipment. Even the cash to pay Zimbabwean staff comes from
abroad. A bar of soap, essential for the cleanliness needed to stop
cholera, was selling for $1 in Zimbabwe on Friday, about half a
gardener's monthly salary.
Cato Institute: As of
14 November 2008, Zimbabwe's annual inflation rate was 89.7
Sextillion percent (or 89,700,000,000,000,000,000,000%).
The ACT of Thanksgiving Outreach to Africa a tremendous success.
See photos and read comments from outreach team members about
spending their Thanksgiving in Africa helping people facing great
On the World Malaria Day 2012 we were reminded that Malaria
is a killer! From National Geographic: "It's difficult to
comprehend how thoroughly Zambia has been devastated by malaria. In
some provinces, at any given moment, more than a third of all
children under age five are sick with the disease. ...An African
youth can be happily playing soccer in the morning and dead of
malaria that night." Read
Complete National Geographic article
Jesus was walking the earth today, he would be with people with
AIDS,' says Rick Warren. (ANS Assist News Service) Rick Warren, the
senior pastor of Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California, says
that if Jesus was walking the earth today, he would be spending time
with people with AIDS.
Africa Outreach Teams are now
forming. These important outreaches will visit Zimbabwe and Zambia.
View multimedia presentation
Opportunities are available throughout the year. outreach@ROCKofAfrica.org
Crisis in Zimbabwe! CNN Reports:
Zimbabwe currency crashes; inflation as high as 9,000% HARARE,
Zimbabwe (AP) -- The value of the Zimbabwean dollar suffered its
worst crash in memory.
Genetically Modified Mosquito "could fight
malaria" A genetically modified (GM) strain of malaria-resistant
mosquito has been created that is better able to survive than
disease-carrying insects. It gives new impetus to one strategy
for controlling the disease: introduce the GM insects into wild
populations in the hope that they will take over. The insect
carries a gene that prevents infection by the malaria parasite.
Cozmore Fungalani sends a note that highlights the terrible tragedy
"At the time I left Africa I had 5 uncles. There
used to be 7 on my fathers side. Tomorrow there is a funeral for the
youngest uncle. There are now just 2 left in his family. This just
left me empty. This is the terrible tragedy of my country."
of Thanksgiving outreach was a terrific success! This
Thanksgiving outreach brought delivering Food, Medicine & Mosquito
Nets to people in desperate need.
Zimbabwe & Zambia Stand with Victims of Katrina Tragedy! ROCK
of Africa in Zimbabwe & Zambia, Africa announced support of the
victims of the Katrina tragedy by giving half of the relief supplies
raised by the Walk4ROCK relief effort to Hurricane Katrina relief.
"America has stood with us in our time of need, and we want to
stand with America during this tragedy." -Christopher
M'kandawire, Livingstone, Zambia
Fox News Radio in Chico,
California interviewed ROCK of Africa representatives
Pastor Christopher M'kandawire
in Livingstone, Zambia and Glen Megill in New York, USA about the
strong desire of Africans stand with their American friends and help
the victims of the hurricane Katrina in this time of need.
here to listen to this interview now.
southern Africa, the United Nations says some 10 million people --
many of them already battling HIV and chronic poverty -- could face
serious hunger by the end of the year...The
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has described the
combination of chronic poverty, food shortages and HIV infection
rates in southern Africa as the world's worst humanitarian
crisis. -Reuters 10August05 complete
NEWS: 'THE CHURCH IS BEST EQUIPPED TO SOLVE THE
PROBLEMS OF AFRICA' says Rick Warren.
In an interview backstage at the huge Live 8 concert in
Philadelphia, he explained: 'We have the biggest army.'
'WHO IS GOING TO TAKE CARE OF MY CHILDREN AFTER I
DIE?' Kay Warren, wife of Pastor Rick Warren reveals how this
question posed to her in Africa by a mother dying from AIDS impacted
her life and confirmed her new mission in life to wake up the Church
to this pandemic. ...this mother didn't ask for money or food
or medicine, but with tears in her eyes, she said, "Please pray for
my children. Who is going to take care of my children after I die?"
NEWS: Rock stars
in concert do a good job of raising our awareness of the needs in
Africa. But rock stars do a poor job of formulating policy. ...The key to the African crises is to find ways
to target the aid to the people who need the funds. This is what
Christian ministries do best -- and what we should all be
'Set to Infect 90 Million Africans'
-- Nearly 90 million Africans could be infected by
HIV in the next 20 years if more is not done to combat the epidemic,
the UN has warned.
orphans' plight worsens -- Urgent food aid is needed in southern Africa as
life expectancies plunge and the number of children orphaned by HIV
and Aids heads towards one in five - or 18 million - by 2010.
declares national emergency for generic drugs
-- Zambia has declared HIV/AIDS a national emergency in a bid to
start manufacturing generic AIDS drugs under World Trade
Organization (WTO) rules, a senior government official said Friday.
complete story (ROCK
of Africa Mission is assisting a team of Christian research
scientists to bring generic medication to Africa)
Calls for Female-Focused Strategies Against HIV/Aids. The Zimbabwe Country Report
of the United Nations Secretary-General's Task Force on Women, Girls
and HIV/Aids in Southern Africa announced startling news, including
the fact that in Zimbabwe, young women in the 15-24 age group
account for more than three quarters of HIV infections.
NEWS: Zimbabwe's inflation rate
Business Day reported Zimbabwe's annual inflation rate slowed
slightly to 602.5% in February from 622.8% in January.
Zimbabwe defenseless as health delivery system
collapses. NewsFromAfrica reported an outbreak of
cholera in villages outside Binga, a small town in north-western
Zimbabwe, in January has exposed the present state of affairs of the
country health delivery system.
half of all Zimbabweans, some 7.5 million people, are now
in need of food aid, a rise of two million in the past year.
NEWS: Sub-Saharan Africa is home to over 29.4 million people living with
Approximately 3.5 million new infections occurred there in 2002,
while the epidemic claimed the lives of an estimated 2.4 million
Africans in the past year. Ten million young people (aged 15-24) and
almost 3 million children under 15 are living with HIV. -UNAIDS
"Jeweled Steel" Artist, David Broussard, of Dallas, Texas, is
supporting ROCK of Africa by donating a portion of proceeds to
Mr. Broussard is a remarkably gifted sculpture artist producing inspirational
steel artwork using a "flame painting" process, from his studio in
Dallas, Texas. To learn more about Mr. Broussard and his work,
visit his gallery at