UFI Ministries have been working in Zimbabwe since August 2008, with the aim of uniting the body of Jesus through catering for the less privileged members of society. UFI Ministries focus their care work mainly on widows and orphans, two demographics who have little or no means to help themselves, and have helped thousands over the past few years. Some of the projects UFI Ministries have assisted with have included children’s homes, which have been provided with much needed food, supplies and aid for school fees, a rural medical outreach programme which performs eye cataract operations for those who would otherwise be unable to reach a doctor and the provision of further medical supplies to local hospitals with specific focus on equipment which will help to lower the maternal mortality rate when giving birth. In 2011 UFI Ministries held a huge Christmas party to which they invited hundreds of widows from the region and the children and staff from five local orphanages.
The UFI Ministries Christmas party was a resounding success, with many guests going out of their way to verbalise their appreciation. Each guest received a specially printed T-shirt from UFI Ministries along with all the food they could eat and entertainment in the form of the UFI Ministries choir and esteemed gospel singer Joyce Simeti. Certain children were also given additional treats, as UFI Ministries distributed textbooks, uniforms and shoes to those who had performed exceptionally well in school over the previous year. Leaders of the children’s homes were especially pleased with this thoughtful touch as they believe it will also help to motivate other children to strive to perform their best in the future.
The Christmas party held by UFI Ministries was the culmination of a series of visits by pastors to people’s homes in the build up to the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. These visits included the handing out of pre-prepared food parcels from UFI Ministries to over two hundred widows in the area who may otherwise have been looking at a very bleak Christmas. The women were overjoyed at the generosity of the UFI Ministries workers, having received the dual gifts of food for themselves and the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with others. The UFI Ministries prophets also gave gifts of cash totalling over ten thousand dollars to needy members of the local community.