Zimbabwe & Prayer

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A BBC News article from July 2007 states,

"In Zimbabwe's case, the near-5,000% annual rate of inflation means that a loaf of bread bought today is about 50 times more expensive - in cash terms - than it was a year ago. And prices are continuing to accelerate, in some cases doubling in weeks - or even, on occasion, days. Wages, on the other hand, are nowhere near keeping up. One correspondent recently told the BBC News website that one candle can cost twice the daily official government wage for a farm worker, while the price tag for a single banana is 15 times what she paid seven years ago for a four-bedroom house. "

A more recent article from CNN from March 5, 2008 observes that

$1(US) = $25,000,000 (Zimbabwe)

That is absolute insanity. The article goes on to say,

"Currency dealers said uncertainties ahead of elections scheduled March 29 and the world's highest inflation of 100,500 percent led holders of hard currency to hang on to their money at the same time as the state central bank pumped more local cash into the market for election costs" (emphasis mine).

It is an interesting thing to juxtapose this situation with the all-too-common apathetic, naval-inspecting American, while thinking of the passage from Ezekiel 16:

"Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it." (Eze 16:49-50)

It would be a wonderful thing if we would get our heads out of our belly-buttons and do something. March 29th marks the presidential elections in Zimbabwe, and they could get out of control. John Simpson from the BBC says, "[T]he recent violence in Kenya over a disputed election worries many Zimbabweans" (hyperlink mine).

Please keep the people of Zimbabwe in your prayers. Pray for President Mugabe; he is not a just man. Pray that the Lord changes his heart or removes him from office.