Molly chats to David Stroud....

David Stroud

It was great seeing David Stroud in Kezi and chatting to him as he was on a whirlwind visit of Ebenezer Training Centre and Crossroads Community Church. David leads Christ Church in London. I enjoy his “out of the box” thinking. It’s so inspirational. Stephen Manhanga took David on the tour and was accompanied by Mbonisi Malaba. This is what he said.

M.M: How has your stay in Zimbabwe been?
D.S: GREAT! I enjoyed it and it has been a delight meeting people. I attended the Zimbabwe versus Kenya rugby game and that was fun. (I won’t reveal the score). I had a great time at Eastlea and at Antelope Park.

M.M: Is this your first time to Africa and to Zimbabwe?
D.S: This is my first time to Africa and Zimbabwe and it has been great on multiple levels. It’s been fun meeting leaders – young guys – Stephen and Mbonisi. It’s been an incredible week. We are running with similar visions. Kingdom proclamation looks different in the U.K and Zimbabwe but our hearts are similar and it is outworked differently. The best for the Church is still to come. The Church is promising and hopeful.

David Stroud and Stephen Manhanga

M.M: How was your time with our leaders?
D.S: I met great men and women who love Jesus, are equipped spiritually, academically and have business understanding to make a difference to the Nation. There have been long periods of preparation and God is lifting things. The skills that have been latent are being profiled and lifted to a higher level. It will be exciting to see what will happen in another 10 years of obedience and when God blows through it all. Men and women have a deep commitment to the Nation. All the ingredients are in place and it’s exciting!

M.M: What is your impression of Ebenezer?
D.S: Inspirational. I love the holistic approach, the agricultural skill and spiritual change in the young men and women. It’s empowering. I like the responsibility instilled in the apprentices with each receiving a plot of land and working it. Within the arid area, Ebenezer is like an oasis of fertility, like Eden – creation affects our lives. It makes me think of what we could be doing in the U.K and we could link up. I really like the church planting element. You are hitting redemption at every level!
M.M: What is your favourite quote?
D.S: George Bernard Shaw "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable adapts the world to himself. Therefore all hope of change lies with the unreasonable man."

M.M: Thanks so much David. Great chatting to you. Have a pleasant trip home!

By Molly Manhanga

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