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NEWS:  Bill Turner Memorial.  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 story


NEWS:  What 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. complete story


NEWS:  Images of  Thankgiving.  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!  complete story


NEWS:  A remarkable year in Africa.   During 2012 we experienced enormous challenges; great victories; heartbreaking losses; and impacted the lives of many wonderful people!   complete story


NEWS:  From the ROCK of Africa Mission volunteers.  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!  View Now


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?  complete story


NEWS:  Janet Mkandla died at just 16 years old.  But, Janet's death was not the only tragedy.  complete story


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.   complete story


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 Zvikonyaukwa Family!


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 story


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 story


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.   complete story


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 Mhlanguleni village.  complete story 


NEWS:  New 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 story

NEWS:  Shocking:  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 story

NEWS:  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 Africa!  Give Now

NEWS:  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.  complete story

NEWS:  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. complete story

NEWS:  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%). complete story

NEWS:  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 difficulty.

NEWS:  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

NEWS:  'If 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.  complete story

NEWS:  Africa Outreach Teams are now forming.  These important outreaches will visit Zimbabwe and Zambia. View multimedia presentation   Opportunities are available throughout the year.

NEWS:  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.  complete story

NEWS:  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. complete story

NEWS:  Cozmore Fungalani sends a note that highlights the terrible tragedy in Zimbabwe.  "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."    complete story 

NEWS:  An ACT of Thanksgiving outreach was a terrific success!  This Thanksgiving outreach brought delivering Food, Medicine & Mosquito Nets to people in desperate need.  complete story

NEWS:  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  complete story 
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.   Click here to listen to this interview now.

NEWS:  Across 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 story

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.'   complete story

NEWS:  '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?"  complete story

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 supporting.   complete story

NEWS:  HIV '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.   complete story  

NEWS:  Aids 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.  complete story  

NEWS:  Zambia 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)  more information

NEWS:  UN 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.   complete story

NEWS:  Zimbabwe's inflation rate slows.  Business Day reported Zimbabwe's annual inflation rate slowed slightly to 602.5% in February from 622.8% in January.  complete story

NEWS:  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.   complete story

NEWS: Over 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.  complete story

NEWS:  Sub-Saharan Africa is home to over 29.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS.  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

NEWS:  "Jeweled Steel" Artist, David Broussard, of Dallas, Texas, is supporting ROCK of Africa by donating a portion of proceeds to the mission.  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