Using just two common possessions, his flag and his phone, Pastor Evan Mawarire was uniquely empowered by Christ to call the nation of Zimbabwe to rise up against the dictatorship that had held it in its grip for forty years.
For speaking boldly and faithfully to power, Pastor Evan suffered many things. He suffered imprisonment, slander, trumped up charges that threatened execution, and multiple threats. Embracing martyrdom, if that was what God had for him, clarified and prepared him for every sacrifice. For thirteen months, Pastor Evan and his wife, Pastor Sam (Samantha) willingly accepted the sacrifice of being together as a family. Currently, they have lived on separate continents for over thirteen months!
In a few weeks that will change, and Pastor Evan is making a visit to his wife and family, and also to us. Pastor Evan will be visiting us at Covenant and preaching on May 5-6th. You won’t want to miss a man whose faith and courage enabled him to lead a movement that many credit as providing the momentum that toppled Robert Mugabe.
What no one can deny is that in the face of dictatorship Pastor Evan risked it all to do what God had put on his heart. His slogan was this, “If we cannot cause the politician to change then we must inspire the citizen to be bold”.
You won’t want to miss Pastor Evan on May 5-6th. Please keep him covered in your prayers in this critically important time as Zimbabwe prepares for elections in July and many are concerned that the current government allow these elections to be free and fair.