Special Needs

Local Church
Spiwe Mhere interprets for the Deaf during The United Methodist Church’s annual women’s convention at Clare Camping Ground in Rusape, Zimbabwe, in August 2018. The church is trying to be more welcoming to the Deaf community by training pastors and church members in sign language. File photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

Zimbabwe church embraces Deaf community

To welcome and retain Deaf members, churches offer sign language training, interpreted services and other ministries.
Social Concerns
Gedion Mawoneke, Benjamin Dhliwayo and Damion Mutinhiri assemble a bicycle. United Methodist Church’s St. John’s Circuit in Mutare, Zimbabwe, is helping those in the Deaf community learn skills through the Holy Bike Sales project. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe.

Church projects empower Deaf community

Bicycle-building and rabbit-rearing programs help United Methodists with disabilities earn a living in Zimbabwe.

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