A Report on Our Outreach to the Lemba of Zimbabwe

ImageBy Rosemay Latortue,
Zimbabwe Medical Volunteer

Hello Everyone!

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!
Holy is the Lord.

The short version:
I am back safely from ‘beyond,’ and God did a great work for His people.

Long version:
Picking up from our last correspondence, we left off with the group at a hotel in Harrare.  So grab a drink, diet of course (Diet Orange Crush is my favorite—does Pepcid AC come in an Orange Crush flavor?)

I suppose whoever did the planning for this trip wanted to make sure we were all prayed up before arriving; because on Saturday May 26th  we departed for the village of Mposi, in Mberengwa on a 12 passenger prop. plane. And, believe me, we were all holding a silent vigil!  We did land safely on a run-way that had just been cleared last month.  Praise the Lord for sure.  It is a consolation that we were safer in that propelled aircraft, in God’s will, than anywhere else on the earth.  Not like the guy who took that cruise to Tarshish.

The village is named after the Chief, Mposi. This village may contain 40,000 people.  We arrived on the eve of Pentecost. And, what a service we had the following day. The Presence of God, His rushing Mighty Spirit, was tangible and evident. We couldn’t stop worshipping long enough to get any of the “program” done.  The worship leader gave up, The Spirit is God after all, and we just hallowed our great Savior and Lord.  There are some times with the Lord that are seared into your memory, that you treasure forever—this was one of those times.  Hallelujah—don’t we feel His Presence and His love even now?

Later on, we presented the chief priests with a gift from The Hebrew Institute Congregation here in Tampa—the first fruits, as is spoken of in Deuteronomy.  Many others had given a monetary offering, so I put it all together and supersized the gift, to give him a jolly old offering.  God is the God of “too much,” and He displayed His generosity here. They were appreciative and voiced their deepest gratitude.

We then set up the clinic and proceeded to set up our own living quarters.  I had a little trouble pitching my Target-bought tent because, well, frankly, I’ve never done it before.  I was a Holiday Inn girl until I met a friend who works for Marriott.  The tent and sleeping bag thing was definitely not my cup of tea.  Not to mention, I am a little older—what a time I had, after my baby-wipes bath that night, putting on my pajamas in that 2-person tabernacle, getting up and down from my 25-degree sleeping bag.  Oh boy!

But, you know, once all was said and done, and I zipped myself up in there, it was just me and Jesus, and He filled that little dwelling so fully.  Not used to that either.  Lord, you are awesome.

We  began our Medical Outreach the following day.  In summary, we had a group composed of doctors and personnel from 7 different nations.

And, in total we saw about 7,000 patients during the week.  Does God have a way with numbers or what?

We prayed for over 5,000 people, and nearly all of them accepted Yeshua as Lord.  Among them many miracles occurred—blind eyes opened, deaf ears un-stopped, deliverances from demonic oppression, tumors resolving, and many other miracles such as these.  God was there to save and redeem His people, the apple of His eye.

You performed miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt and have continued them to this day, both in Israel and among all mankind, and have gained the renown that is still yours.  Jer. 32

Praise God.  Prophecy was being fulfilled in our midst.  Jewish Voice Ministers had been speaking with the Rabbis of the Lemba, and the Chief for over a year.  Presently, they rejoiced in the Good News.

The claims of the Lemba of Zimbabwe that they were authentic Hebrews had been dismissed in the past.  However in 1999, DNA testing came to play. Geneticists from the U.S., U.K., and Israel not only found that the Lemba people possessed the Cohen modal haplotype marker, indicating that the Lemba were descended from the Levitical priests; but it was remarkably seen that the marker was in higher concentration among the Lemba than the general Jewish population!

The chief Rabbi re-counted how they prayed, fasted, and called out to God for many years.  Nevertheless, they could not re-patriate to Israel, as many others in the diaspora had done.  To him, the fact that we were there was surreal, like a dream, an answer to the prayer of prayers.  He stated that now they realized that Yeshua Himself was going to move heaven and earth to place them back in their land.

I am the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?  Jer. 32:27

This is nothing other than God demonstrating His faithfulness.

I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety.  They will be my people, and I will be their God.  I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me……………I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.  Jer. 37.

Our hearts were overwhelmed too.  This was surely a remarkable trip.  The enthusiasm with which the people accepted the blessed hope and assurance of Jesus our Messiah was unprecedented. Surely there will be a remarkable turnaround in this village.  As the Rabbis learn more about the Gospel, and continue to pray for, and begin baptizing believers, the Good News will spread like wildfire! Hallelujah!

As we treated people, we arrested many disease processes,  and with the changing lifestyle that the Good News provides, the life span will increase, knowledge will augment, prosperity will abound, and Yeshua will put Lemba back on the map!

Praise God.  When He pledges to do something with all His heart and soul, we just have to stand back and watch Him at work.  To say that God is a true and awesome God is an understatement, but what else can we say?  That’s why we need a thousand tongues to worship Him, that’s why He gave us Pentecost.

Thank you very much for all your prayers and support during this landmark trip.  Let us continue to cry out to God on behalf of the Lemba, and all His people.  Let us not slack in sharing and spreading the news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  He is the only wise God, and our Savior forever.

Amen, and Amen.

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  1. Everisto Makotore (waMposi)

     /  July 19, 2012

    It is never too late to learn. Now that it has been scientifically authenticated that the Lemba tribe is indeed one of the jewish tribes who have amongst others, managed to resist erosion of their cultural norms and values but only lost their Hebrew language mainly due to intermarriages with the local peoeple, it is my plea that the world Jewish community assit retore our fore fathers’language amongst the Lemba people.Centres for Hebrew language for the Lemba community alone can be established first in Mposi Area as a pilot project.Jewish cultural norms and values can then be revamped and cemented with a regular link to other jewish communities the world over. Despite us speaking Shona as our mother language so far, it will be one of the greatest betrayals of the virtues of our forefathers if we fail to restore and reestablish the language of our fathers as a people.I would like to salute the historical scientists for confirming the DNA origins of the Lemba people.Or identity has proudly been restored.

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  2. Thanks for finally writing about >A Report on our outreach to the Lemba of Zimbabwe, sent to us from one of our medical volunteers, Rosemay Latortue: | Jewish Voice’s Blog <Liked it!

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