ZOE, the Greek word for "life," initially stood for Zimbabwe Orphans Endeavor, the country where ZOE’s work began. In early 2004, Rev. Greg Jenks led a ZOE team to Zimbabwe to hear firsthand from United Methodist sister churches and schools how ZOE might best partner with them to alleviate suffering among children who were orphaned by the AIDS crisis.
ZOE’s programs have expanded into Zambia, Kenya, and Rwanda and today include staff in the United States and Africa. The newest phase of ZOE is the Giving Hope Empowerment Project. Giving Hope is about community-building, empowering lives, and God-sized dreams.
The core focus of Giving Hope is to empower orphans and child-headed families in Africa to become self sufficient in 2-3 years so they will not require lifelong assistance from outside relief programs. The program brings them back into both their local communities and into the loving, nurturing body of Christ.
While they learn and grow in the Giving Hope program, an annual investment of about $300 per family for 2-3 years yields life-giving change for generations to come. ZOE is currently working with 1,350 families of orphans, or a total of 4,400 children.
This is the hour that the church needs to respond to the devastating suffering of the children of Africa. For this vision to become a reality we all must partner together through prayer, volunteers, and financial contributions. Apex UMC has the opportunity to change lives and futures of thousands of suffering children. Please consider linking hearts and resources with ZOE Ministry as we all work together to care for some of the most vulnerable children on the face of the earth.
- Contact: Don Prasnikar,
- Mission Trip to Rwanda: Jul. 24 - Aug. 2, 2013
- ZOE Ministry - Mission Opportunity:
A mission trip to Rwanda is planned next summer (Jul. 24-Aug. 2). Ten positions are reserved for AUMC faith communities. Interested in being part of the team? Join us for an informational meeting on Monday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. in DC 410.
A ZOE Ministry story from Beth Rosko from Apex UMC on Vimeo.