Partnering with churches and Christian groups throughout the UK has enabled us to support many projects helping poorer communities across the globe.
This year, Annie Makoni contacted us to ask if we might help with a Christian library for her home church – One Church - in a poor suburb of Harare. Annie, originally from Kent, has been living in Harare for many years. She was keen to set up a library of Christian titles which could be used by English speaking Christians in and around the community.
The idea was to locate a library in a disused container (pictured below) next to One Church; this would be overseen by a dedicated librarian. The library collection would be a mixture of new and pre-loved books supplied by Sovereign World Trust. The titles would be divided into two separate collections, one for borrowing (this would contain more accessible books, with a return advice) and one for reference (more advanced theology or high value titles).
The Trust was keen to help with the project and agreed to supply One Church with 233 books, (83 new and 150 preloved) worth £700. The cost of freighting the books to Harare, however, would cost a further £300. In order to meet the significant freight costs, Trust Director Chris Moffett, approached Kings Hill Christian Fellowship (KHCF), where Annie worships when visiting the UK.
KHCF generously agreed to support the project and provided the £300 to cover freight costs from their mission budget. Meanwhile, Annie visited the Sovereign World Trust offices and selected the preloved titles personally, with help from her young daughter, Promise. At the time of writing, Annie and Promise are set to return to Harare and the books should not be far behind them.
We look forward to hearing how the library is received and to further developing this in the future.
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