The activities of courageous Christians in Zimbabwe could be chapters in a new, politicized version of the book of Acts. Christians have long been in the forefront of challenging the brutal autocratic rule of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, and in January eight church leaders were arrested by security forces as they and hundreds of supporters opened a new office of the Zimbabwe Christian Alliance. The interdenominational ZCA coordinates nonviolent resistance to Mugabe’s rule and seeks to serve the country’s increasing number of destitute people.
More than 60 Christians visited the ZCA leaders in prison and brought them food. One supporter waved a banner that read, “Raise the flag of Zimbabwe in prayer. Justice. Truth. Freedom. Peace.” One of the eight men detained, pastor Ray Motsi, told supporters through the prison fence that “the arrest of Christian, peaceful pastors is indicative of the situation we face in Zimbabwe.”
There is an 80 percent chance that later in this century a megadrought will plague the American Southwest for decades, according to a study released by researchers at NASA and at Columbia and Cornell universities. The drought will be caused by reduced precipitation and changes in evaporation rates. The researchers say other factors, such as the El Niño weather pattern, could interrupt long periods of severe drought. The researchers say there is time to reduce the factors contributing to climate change (Washington Post, February 12).