Zimbabwe: Gweru


Gweru was the only place where we had a low turnout. I didn't take any pictures. The leaders were helpful and kind, and assurred us that they had announced the event many times. It seemed like the members there were particularly hard up and could not afford transportation to the chapel. We even screened in two separate chapels to try to accomodate for this. 

The local Bishop who opened one of the chapels for us told us how bad unemployment was. He said he really can't do anything for people who need help due to lack of funds. He gives out a very budget bar of soap and a 2 lb bag of corn meal to anyone who asks for help, but even that he has to prioritize since there is not enough to go around. He reaffirmed what we had heard about unemployment. He was a trained civil engineer who was the town engineer prior to the economy collapsing. Now, he said he cannot find work anywhere in the country and is lucky in that he can provide enough to feed his family once a day with a small store where he resells items he buys at a local grocery store. He said most are not as fortunate. 

President Paradzai, the Stake President, was exceedingly kind and helpful. We enlisted his assistance in getting from the first chapel, which we walked to, to the second chapel, and from there to the bus station. There we left by bus to Bulawayo. 

On the way, our bus hit a cow. This was a night bus, and we were exceptionally lucky. The roads are riddled with potholes there, and they are also narrow. Somehow, the driver was able to swerve just right so as to clip the cow on the head instead of hitting it head on. At one point, the bus' wheels were off the ground on one side. I really feel that we were protected by angels. The same thing happened the month before and 7 people died.