Monday, December 24, 2012

"The Last Post"

To our dear global family, wonderful friends and beloved partners on both sides of the ocean ...

In a few short hours, we will be stepping onto the passenger jet that will take us in the direction of a much awaited reunion with family.

After a few weeks' worth of rest and recovery, we will pack up and be on the move again ... this time in the direction of TEAM's headquarters and beyond, where we keenly anticipate a fabulous reunion with co-workers, supporting and partnering church families and individuals. We look forward to the blessing this will be. It always is.

After heavy, unrelenting but deeply fulfilling engagement on the front lines, it is always gratifying and empowering to be among the people whom we both represent, and work with, together ... in this unique vision of ministry in Zimbabwe to those infected, affected and at risk by HIV/AIDS.

This Blog will no longer continue to function as is. We look forward to the development of a fresh Blog and web page that will reflect this Blog's content and carry its vision in days to come. We will keep you informed, here, of developments in this regard.

From December 31, 2012, my personal E-mail address will no longer be Please take a moment to adjust your address book to reflect my new contact address as Thank you.

We leave Zimbabwe with light hearts but somewhat weary bodies.

At an emotional and spiritual level, we are deeply grateful and filled with appreciation for being gifted with the role that was entrusted to us in the last few years. We will always be indebted to our friends and co-workers in TEAM Zimbabwe for inviting us to return to Zimbabwe. It happened at a time when our personal journey of faith had brought us to a place where we were compelled to engage in compassionate ministry that balanced commitment to both the theology of conversion and the theology of compassion.

We look to the future with grateful anticipation for what it will reveal. It is comforting to be surrounded by such a powerful phalanx of supporting and partnering church families and individuals who never cease to make the difference in our lives. It is your unrelenting faithfulness in validation, affirmation and encouragement that maintains the positive atmosphere in which the grace of God can be at work.

We're pleased to offer this final contribution from Zimbabwe. It will speak to what has transpired in the closing days of our present tenure here.

Having been with TEAM for over thirty years, we were asked to engage for two years to assist in the development of ANESU.

Today, we leave TEAM Zimbabwe, but still remain with TEAM international.

Please continue to forward gifts and donations toward our ministry as you have done in the past. For any questions about this, you can call TEAM toll free at 1 (800) 343 3144. Just ask to be put through to the financial office for assistance.

May this Christmas season be filled with blessing for you and your family. May we, together, be found in 2013 faithful in that to which He has called us. We look forward, with you to unwrapping what that will be.

Bless you,


Bud Jackson
Zimbabwe HIV/AIDS Facilitator

Final Blog Post

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"A Visit From Peoples Church"

Peoples Church, in Toronto, Canada, has stood with my family in global ministry since 1948.

This church family has for generations been impacting the global cause of the Kingdom.

It was a personal privilege to host the global ministries pastor, his wife and two members of the global ministries team on a recent visit to see what God is doing by way of ministry to orphans and other marginalized and disenfranchised people in Zimbabwe.

Please pray for the leadership of this pivotal ministry as they give careful attention to adjusting and fine-tuning their global strategy in the direction of more hands-on engagement in response to their global vision.


Bud Jackson

Monday, November 12, 2012

"Joint Letter ..."

We offer this letter, authored jointly by the Field Leader of TEAM in Zimbabwe and myself, in a spirit of appreciation and with deep gratitude for the privilege it has been to lead the formation and early establishment of the ANESU Partnership.

The letter was written in August, in lieu of timely release, immediately following the assessment of the progress of the ministry of the ANESU Partnership.

We offer it here in support of the content of our most recent Newsletter.

We look forward to constructive dialogue with TEAM in Wheaton, Illinois upon our return to North America.

We esteem our TEAM Zimbabwe co-workers highly. We consider it a privilege, after more than three decades of ministry under TEAM, to contemplate working alongside TEAM in Zimbabwe in a shared response.

We look forward to seeing how God will ordain our on-going, albeit adjusted working relationship in the face of the tremendous challenge represented by those infected, affected and at risk by HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe.

The task is enormous. It requires great sensitivity, commitment, creativity and cooperation. In God's real Kingdom work, there are no competitors, only co-labourers. We respect and appreciate our TEAM-Mates in Zimbabwe, and are committed to nurturing the good personal and working relationship we enjoy with them.

Please pray for TEAM Zimbabwe's leadership as it adjusts and leads ANESU into the future God has planned for it. We look forward to standing side-by-side one day as we look back on what God was pleased to have accomplished through us together.


Bud Jackson

Joint Letter -

Thursday, November 1, 2012

"Jackson Journey"

Dear friends,

This has been a very busy but fulfilling year.

It's a privilege to offer this update on what has transpired over recent months. This update comes to you at a point in time when we are contemplating what could prove to be a significant re-orientation in ministry connection.

We have considered it a profound privilege to serve with TEAM for over three decades. It has been a blessing to engage in evangelism and church planting in Zimbabwe, then in the Pacific Northwest of Canada, where we built relationships with and assisted local sending churches in the development of global strategies. It was a joy during these years, to multiply ourselves in contributing to the recruitment of others who have engaged in global ministries in various parts of the world.

In 2006, our lives took a profound turn. We were exposed in a new way to the compelling call of the theology of compassion. God opened up a way for us to travel with dear friends and ministry partners to Kenya, where we were confronted first hand with the challenge of ministry that balances the theology of conversion with the theology of compassion.

God began to sensitize and prepare us for a new chapter of ministry opportunity,and we were asked to take up the challenge of Africa HIV/AIDS coordinator for TEAM.

Then, in 2008, we were asked by TEAM's Zimbabwe field to commit two years to Zimbabwe, and given a mandate to establish the ANESU Partnership, build up a local base of operations, bring together a network of Zimbabwean initiatives, and facilitate strategic local church-to-church partnerships between local churches in North America and local-church led HIV/AIDS initiatives in Zimbabwe.

As we approached the conclusion of that two year commitment, we were told that TEAM's local leadership felt they needed to shift the focus of engagement, building on what had been begun.

When we communicated to our local Zimbabwean network of friends, and the churches in North America who had been working with us in Zimbabwe, we received an overwhelming call to continue as we have been doing in Zimbabwe, standing as cross cultural mediators of relationships that God is using to bring about profoundly effective strategic partnerships on behalf of people affected and at risk by HIV/AIDS.

At the time of writing, we are in consultation with TEAM in Wheaton, our local Zimbabwean network, our North American alliance of church partners and another well respected agency with a view to discerning just how we will be connected as we continue to pursue what we feel compelled to do in Zimbabwe.

We trust that this update will give you a clear sense of what that is.

Another strategic partnership is well on its way to becoming a realty as we write this report, and we are contemplating a visit by representatives of a long standing supporting church family in Canada who have indicated a desire for the kind of direct, hands-on engagement we love to facilitate.

We look forward to sharing more details on all of this in our next report.

We continue to be humbled and are deeply grateful by the overwhelming encouragement and support we receive from church families and individuals around the world.

Truly, God is doing something remarkable. We're honoured and profoundly grateful to be a part of it.

Bless you,

Bud and Mandy Jackson

Jackson Journey - Fall 2012 -

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

"Another Church Team Arrives From North America"

We invite your prayers as a team from Calvary Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania arrives to spend a week with us in Zimbabwe.

The itinerary is in place, some wonderful people are poised and enthusiastic about extending friendship to our guests. Our prayer is that meaningful relationships will result that will allow this wonderful North American ministry to find true traction in the outworking of the vision they have been given of God.

If there is one thing we can't emphasize enough it's this: It's ALL
about relationships. Everything else follows. We encourage our guests to not come laden with gifts, but with ears finely tuned to listen, eyes keen to observe, and hearts hungry to understand. They are never disappointed.

The object of the exercise is to find the pulse of what God is doing here in Zimbabwe.

We delight in exposing our guests to people and programs. We offer suggestions and are happy to answer any questions they have as to how and where they can engage.

The final decision is always theirs, however. They do NOT come to see what we're doing so that they can decide whether or not they'd like to support our endeavour.

They come committed to seeing and understanding the Kingdom reality here in Zimbabwe in a way that will allow them to take what they gain from their time here back to their church leadership, and fellow church family members.

They then enter into a time of prayerful discernment.

It’s always a thrill to see how and where they are eventually led into intentional Global partnership with members of the Zimbabwean household of faith.

Because God is a God of the journey more than of the destination, though, they are always richly blessed at every step of the way ... from the first step they take off the plane in Harare.

We are serious when we say that we exist to facilitate compassionate ministry God leads our partners to here in Zimbabwe. We're committed to introducing them to as many people as we can, engaged in as many response initiatives we can fit in.

We’ve learned to firmly fasten our seat belts, because it’s always a wonderful and exhilarating ride!


Bud Jackson
Project Director
ANESU, Zimbabwe

Friday, August 3, 2012



Wednesday, July 18, 2012

"The Enormity of The Issue ..."

A "God Bless you", and gentle pat in the head just doesn't cut it.

ANESU is grateful for Alliance church partners who, in step with our Zimbabwean network have caught the vision and are rising to the challenge of addressing the incredible needs of disenfranchised and marginalized children in Africa.

This letter, written by a Zimbabwean pastor's wife, articulates the challenge they are facing head-on, underlines the good that former ANESU team members accomplished educationally, and points to the need that looms large on their horizon.

The letter also hi-lights in our minds the strategic importance of the literacy program recently launched in step with our Zimbabwean partner, "Happy Readers". A bridging school in Rugare has been engaging in this outstanding literacy program for just under a month now and, already, we are seeing significant improvement.

I share this Zimbabwean pastor's letter with you with a request that you join us in focused prayer on behalf of these friends, and many others, who are doing what they can to rise to the challenge with what they have.

The pastoral couple who write this letter are needing to find alternative accommodation to their presently rental situation. The fact that they presently have eight young adult orphans living with them is adding to the sense of urgency in this regard.

Thank you for your interest and care,

Bud Jackson
Project Director
ANESU, Zimbabwe

Dear baba Jackson

Monday, July 9, 2012

"ANESU Bids Farewell to Julie VanZevern"

What do you get when you have a highly qualified nurse with years of experience, living and responding to the issues of health and wellness in Africa with a desire to not contribute anything that cannot be indigenized, replicated and sustained ; who is intent of making use of whatever resources are appropriate, available, affordable, adaptable, achievable; whose single driving ambition is to make an eternally relevant difference in people’s spiritual and physical lives, and who is committed to being able to leave Africa one day in a way that everything she has accomplished will remain and succeed on its own, driven by and meeting the needs of Africans?

You get Julie VanZevern.

You get an extensive herbal garden, with people in place to tend it who understand what the herbs are and how they can be used for the good of weak, sick and malnourished people.

You get an herbal clinic with a proven track record of success under the direct management of Africans who have been equipped to run and maintain it for the good of the people who fill it on a daily basis.

You get individual orphan homes and remote villages who have something sustainable at their disposal that will contribute in an on-going way to their health and well-being.

You get an ethnic mix of people whose lives have been blessed spiritually, who know in their heart of hearts that they have been impacted by a person who came to serve God in any and every way appropriate.

You get Julie VanZevern It isn’t easy to turn a blind eye to quick fixes when dealing with hurting and helpless people. It’s hard not to reach for what the West has to offer, but is relatively unavailable in Africa when people look to you with pleading eyes.

It’s hard, but it’s necessary when driven by principles Julie has steadfastly embraced.

It’s hard, it’s right, and it’s worth it at the other end, when needs have been met and met well in a way that not only met those needs but left a way whereby the same needs could be met again and again whenever they arise by the people taught to avail themselves of the solutions they’ve learned to embrace.

Many people in Africa, and in Zimbabwe in particular, are better off for Julie’s having come to live and work among them.

Julie is not a stereo-typical ugly American. She’s a woman of outer and internal beauty who gave herself to the task presented to her for as long as it was entrusted to her, with genuine grace and compassion, and in a way that will register well both now and in eternity.

How will I remember Julie's time with ANESU? I'll remember her as a medical missionary who saw patients as people ... not the other way around ... and who genuinely and sincerely met their needs head on and left them with something they could use themselves,using what she could ... and what she could leave behind.

Bud Jackson
Project Director
ANESU, Zimbabwe

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

“What The New Face of Missions Looks Like”

The last few days have brought to mind the essence of what God has actually accomplished through ANESU of recent months.

It came hot on the heels of three amazing team visits (in the first six months of this year), where we saw at different levels, just what kind of an impact this strategy can have if rightly done.

Then Mandy met with Nyasha, a young courageous woman we’ve been building a relationship with and whom we’ve introduced to our Alliance church partners over time.

Nyasha’s parents were murdered when she was a young girl. She found herself in an arranged marriage at the age of fifteen to a man twenty-two years older than she.

That marriage was an abusive one that eventually ended some years later at a time when the murderer of Nyasha’s parents came back into Nyasha’s life, asking forgiveness for having murdered her parents.

That began a long journey that resulted, by the grace of God, in a ministry of forgiveness, healing and reconciliation to victims and victimized alike.

Over a cup of coffee at an outdoor café, Mandy heard the details of a ministry Nyasha has to troubled young women that includes opportunity for those young women to find haven from time to time from their regularly abusive situations.

They meet in a church sanctuary near where Nyasha lives. They have opportunity in this context to be validated and affirmed. They are finding a glimmer of hope set against a background of otherwise hopeless circumstances and helpless situations.

One girl of fifteen wept as Nyasha led the group in games. When asked why she was weeping, she told of how, since the age of five years, she’d been responsible for the care and well being of a father sick with HIV and AIDS. She’d never had opportunity to live the life of a child. She had never been able to play games.

Nyasha is working with different groups that number in excess of eighty individuals.

In one group of twenty-two young women, seventeen of them have revealed that they are presently in situations where they are being sexually abused. Nyasha told Mandy of how she had followed up on one situation and discovered that the mother of the girl being abused by her step-father was fully aware of what was going on, but who was powerless to end it. To do so would imprison the abuser, leaving the mother and three dependents without food, shelter or school fees.

Situations like those make the message of sexual abstinence redundant. It makes people like us dig deep for answers. It makes people like us … and like Nyasha … realize just how significant a haven the heart of God really is. It highlights the significance of the in-dwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit and outward ministry of genuine, authentic people of faith, and of the impact such a ministry can have in a person’s otherwise helpless and hopeless life.

Mandy gave Nyasha a crash course of the Reach4Life curriculum, and provided Nyasha with eighty Reach4Life Bibles.

In a follow-up visit a few days later, Mandy discovered Nyasha gathered with a group of girls whom Nyasha was leading with the aid of the Reach4Life curriculum.


The next thing that happened was a visit from the wife of one of Zimbabwe’s national pastors.

This woman spoke of what ANESU’s ministry had meant in months gone by that is working its way out at present in the context of the Sunday School program at the church she and her husband serve.

She spoke of where she and her husband find themselves in terms of an orphan home they are responsible for, under the over-sight of Hands of Hope.

She also shared a burden she has for ministry to orphans in four carefully selected areas in the tribal northeast of Zimbabwe.

She had come to ask for second hand items she might add to a jumbo sale her church was hosting to raise money for school fees for these children.

She also came to request guidance and direction in how best to respond to the needs of the orphans represented by these four areas.


Hot on the heels of that visit, I went out to Rugare with the founding director of the Happy Reader program.

The purpose of the visit was by way of follow-up to the strategic launch of the Happy Reader literacy program initiated at the beginning of June by ANESU Alliance partner, South Ridge Community Church in Clinton, New Jersey.

We went out to deliver the results of the reading level testing the team had done with twenty-nine marginalized children enrolled in the bridging school under the care of one of ANESU’s partnering pastors.

We went, geared up to suggest that before we’d be able to see any meaningful progress in the children's reading ability, the teachers were going to need some coaching.

On the way there, Conor (the director of the Happy Reader program) asked me if check-lists were being used as an assessment tool. I told him he'd have to ask Henry (the pastor) and Liza (the director of the bridging school), as I didn't know myself. The check-list idea was something he had asked the South Ridge team to follow through on, as a means of assessing the progress of the students.

We began with Conor presenting the PowerPoint that revealed the dismal results of the testing. Both Henry and Lisa followed and understood the various graphs and statistics. Then, we spoke about setting up a time when Conor could meet with the volunteer teachers for a training seminar at the ANESU base.

They enthusiastically agreed, and expressed excitement about doing so.

Toward the end of our visit, Henry mentioned that there had been significant improvement in the short time that the Happy Readers had been in place.

It was at that stage that I asked about the check-lists. Liza excused herself for a few minutes and returned with the master lay-out of the check-lists, then gave Conor a computer generated report dated that day!

Conor was very impressed, not only over the fact that check lists were in place, but that they had been kept so well. They hadn't been inflated in any way, and were a true reflection across the board. They also indicated significant progress!

It's too early to assess the progress of the non-readers, but of the readers, there has been a marked improvement.

Conor had indicated that he felt the 29 children needed to be divided up into three "reading level" groups. It turned out Liza had already done that ... with three groups huddled, each under the direction of a teacher ... in the SAME ROOM!

They've done a great job with what they have.

Also, Henry mentioned he had arranged for the guardians of the students (from the community) to attend and observe the procedure, in the hope that they might embrace the vision and add their encouragement to the children both in terms of in-class diligence, as well as after hours application to homework.

We went there feeling that there was a long, hard road stretched out before us. We returned, very encouraged ... and impressed by the united efforts of Henry, his teaching team and the children themselves.

Clearly they have taken this opportunity seriously and are applying themselves with diligence.

Henry has arranged for the Happy Reader book covers to be protected with plastic, the books are kept in his office when not in use. The books show enough wear and tear to indicate that they're being used enthusiastically and consistently.

A boy by the name of Ian has been recognized as student of the month. There is enthusiasm, commitment and great expectation on the part of everyone involved.

Once we concluded our meeting, Henry was excited to show me something outside. There, in all it's glory, stood a brand new water tank, new pump and piping that South Ridge was responsible for!

The new pump is an improvement on the broken old one in that it has a pressure switch that turns the pump off when the tank is full and kicks in to top the tank up when water is being used.

I had noticed Henry taking particular interest in the vegy garden at ANESU, the last time he was at the ANESU base. A large area immediately next to the water tank has now been turned into a "farming God's way" vegetable garden ... complete with carefully laid out straight rows and a blanket of mulch.

Henry's duplicating a lot of what we have growing at ANESU; covo (muriwo), lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, onion, beet root, radish, cauliflower, peas, carrots ... and a few more.

Then, Henry led us to the ground beyond the chicken project building to reveal two more similar gardens that are flourishing in the area he's been given for the development of his extra homes and skills training building.

Henry's attitude was, "We've been given the ground, we may as well make good use of it until we're able to build"!

The broiler chicks have reached seven weeks now, and are being slaughtered and sold for $7 apiece. I didn’t realize the extent of the impact what we were seeing was having on Conor until we drove away from the site.

It was then that Conor expressed how impressed he had been to have witnessed the beautiful way in which so many components had come together for the real benefit of the children represented; sustainable literacy education, life skills training, food production and income generation all wrapped up in a network of partnership facilitated by the carefully directed involvement of a correctly engaged church from ten thousand miles away.


Then, tonight, Rob and Lisa Chifokoyo, from Dare2Serve had dinner with us and shared what ANESU had meant to them on a purely personal level, and what a blessing it had been for Rob to recently travel to North America where he was able to take the relationship with Alliance churches, whose representatives he’d met here in Zimbabwe, to the next level with meaningful relational traction and strategic planning for the next step of on-going engagement.

Rob shared how God was leading in the planning of a youth event ("9941 The Event") that will pull young people together from Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Southern Africa.

It’s an event that God ordained and accomplished last year with nothing more than a heart commitment and ready available participation by young Zimbabwean followers of Christ.

A professional Christian band from South Africa will feature in an evening concert, with gifted young Zimbabwean artists involved at a number of levels in music, worship, sharing of God’s truth and witnessing to the saving grace of Christ in three evening sessions.

For two days, there will be various life-building sessions available for young people to attend, with the final day set aside for random acts of kindness in the immediate vicinity of the event.

ANESU team member, Ryan Burleson has been asked to speak at the event.

We shared Nyasha’s story with Rob, and Mandy and Lisa will be meeting with Nyasha next week to explore the role Nyasha might have in the youth event, speaking to the issues of forgiveness and restoration, relational healing and over coming of tragic circumstances and experiences by the grace of God.

What do the collective heart cries from pastors’ wives, literacy proponents, abuse survivors and heart-driven young people have in common?

God’s grace and God’s united purpose … and ANESU; an initiative intentionally designed to facilitate what God is ordaining as a fresh new response to global missional involvement.

And this isn’t even scratching the surface.

Bud Jackson
Project Director
ANESU, Zimbabwe

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

"ANESU Alliance Partner Launches Literacy Program Fro Orphaned Children"

The South Ridge Community Church family recently sent a team of nine people to Zimbabwe, where they worked with ANESU to launch a literacy program at a bridging school run by their strategic Zimbabwe partner, Hope Valley Assembly.

If a child can learn to read, he can read to learn.

ANESU has been pleased to bring together South Ridge Community Church, Hands of Hope, and the Happy Reader program in a way that will result in greatly improved educational prospects for the disadvantaged children under Pastor Henry's care.

The Zimbabwe director of the Happy Reader program will work hand-in-hand with Hands of Hope, under the direction of ANESU, to maintain the momentum that was begun, equipping volunteer teachers in an on-going way and measuring progress at key intervals.

Could it be that this initiative could prove to be a template for addressing the desperate need for meaningful education among marginalized and disenfranchised children in Zimbabwe?

We think so.

Bud Jackson
Project Director
ANESU, Zimbabwe

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

"Zim2012 Team on Their Way"

Steve Sargent and the third team from South Ridge Community Church in Clinton, New Jersey, have left the shores of the United States and are winging their way toward us.

They arrive at midday on Monday to begin a whirlwind itinerary over the next seven-day itinerary that will focus of quality literacy training for orphaned and marginalized children in the Rugare high density residential area.

The itinerary will include a few other high-lights, including and excursion out to visit some of our personal friends in the tribal Northeast of Zimbabwe.

You can follow the progress of the team on We ask you to join the many others who are praying for this team ... for good health, for safety, for flexibility, for adaptability, for understanding, and that each moment will be invested in a way that will reap eternal dividends for the Kingdom of God as they bring positive change in the lives of little one affected by HIV/AIDS.

In His grip,


Bud Jackson
Project Director
ANESU, Zimbabwe

Friday, May 25, 2012

"Happy Readers"

Things have been happening so fast at ANESU in recent months, it's been difficult to keep up with posts to the Blob. One of the reasons for this lies in the unfortunate fact that we've been sort of treating the Blog more like a web page than a Blog. Bad idea ... I know. I should comment frequently, as people do on Blogs.

That'll have to be a New Year's resolution come January 2013. Does that mean seven months' grace? I guess not.

MayI simply say here, that we in ANESU are very grateful to be preparing for the arrival of the third team in sixteen months from the South Ridge Community Church family, led by the indomitable Steve Sargent, dynamic director of "Extend Ministries".

The emphasis this time around is going to be "Literacy".

The bottom has fallen out of the education system in Zimbabwe. There's a shared sense by many professional educators that the nation needs to go back to the starting line, and address the issue at a literacy level.

Cognitive reading is fundamentally important. If a child hasn't learned to read, he or she cannot read to learn. Too much "education" at the infant and primary levels is memorization, as opposed to understanding.

A recent morning spent with an enthusiastic group of highly energetic children shouting in unison the story of "Baa Baa Black Sheep" and "London Bridge is Falling Down" only proved to emphasize the predicament we find ourselves in. Wen I asked the children if anyone could tell me what a sheep was, there was stunned silence. Naturally, the word "wool" meant nothing to them either ... but they were able to parrot the rhymes word perfect.

What does it say about the state of education at that level that the only English the children seemed to understand was, "Potty Time"? At the pronouncement of those two words, they all leaped to their feet and lined up in rows of girls and boys headed for the pit latrines.

We're excited about the "Happy Reader" program that ANESU is about to facilitate in orphan home bridging schools. It's been a very long time since something of this calibre has come along. We look forward to this launch with great expectation.

The visiting team from South Ridge, which includes a group of professional educators, will spend time with both the founders of the "Happy Reader" program, and the team of Zimbabwean workers who are dedicated to helping orphaned and disadvantaged children learn.

We're in for a fun time.

Bud Jackson
Project Director
ANESU, Zimbabwe

Saturday, April 7, 2012

"Jackson Journey"

Dear friends,

It is with a great deal of appreciation, gratitude and much hope that we offer this first quarter up-date on life and ministry with ANESU in Zimbabwe.

You, and your participation with us, is central to our being where we are, doing what we do.

We love to hear from friends and family spread around the world, keeping up to date on the goings-on in all of your lives. Please write to us at

Bless you,


Bud Jackson
Project Director
ANESU, Zimbabwe

Jackson Journey _first quarter 2012_

Saturday, March 31, 2012

"A Story of Redemption ..."

Hello friends of ANESU ...

We didn't get off to a very good start this year as far as regular up-dates are concerned. The busyness we've encountered is no excuse, and I apologize. Thank you for bearing with me.

Fact is, there's a lot to report on ... maybe so much that that's what's made it difficult to know where to start! With two team visits in the first two months of the year, a few days in-between to adjust to the transitions required and prepare for what's coming next, then a month to give attention to some urgent needs at the ANESU base, it just seems as if the days have flown by!

We'll write more soon in celebration of the experiences we enjoyed with the visiting teams, and personal delight we encountered by virtue of the inclusion of close family members in one. We'll include details of the second strategic church-to-church partnership we've over-seen. We'll share about the exciting changes taking place at the ANESU base.

In the meantime, we just HAD to tell this amazing story of the redemptive power of God, and of one of the many examples we constantly encounter here of the way men and women have tuned their hearts to the heart of God. It's very evident in the way they're responding with genuine compassion to the disadvantaged of Zimbabwean society.

Rejoice with us on behalf of these two precious young ladies, and pray for Pastor Henry, his wife and for the young ladies themselves as they all continue to unwrap the gift that they've found in one another.

I appreciate you, and am very grateful!

Bless you,


Bud Jackson
Project Director
ANESU, Zimbabwe

Wadzanai _ Melissa

Monday, January 2, 2012

"Lovin' it when God's plan comes together ..."

The first component of Zim Team 2012 arrived safely via Addis Ababa and emerged onto the parking lot beneath the hot Zimbabwe sun to begin what we all know will be a series of "God moment" discoveries.

The team has been in Zimbabwe for a day and a half, but already the evidence of Providential superintending is there.

ANESU's resident Heuglins Robin is greeting the early morning as I write this. As one of the team members said yesterday, the day begins with an overture that swells into a symphony.

My Heuglins Robin friend began the overture a little while ago as dawn began to break just beyond the majestic palm tree just outside the bedroom window, and now the symphony is in full swing.

The birds say it well. You see, "the Heavens declare the glory of God. The earth shows forth His handy work. Day after day pours forth speech, and night after night reveals knowledge."

A Shona congregation we were a part of yesterday said it well too, as the rented room in which it met filled with the praises of simple, sincere and transparent hearts.

I write this in the early morning cool, on this first day of the first week of ZimTeam 2012's time with us. The breaking dawn has painted the Eastern skyline gold. The dawn has lit up the underbellies of puffy rainy season clouds. The distant clouds form the first rank of a battalion that stands above to attention in ranks against a wonderfully clear blue sky.

Today will find us making our way West out of the capital city of Harare to a simple campground where more simple, sincere and transparent hearts will gather in the persons of TEAM Zimbabwe's missionary task force. Bob Myers, the leader of Zim Team 2012 is geared up and ready to go with words of exhortation and encouragement from God's Word. Matt Toll will be superintending the refreshment that comes to weary, worn workers every time they are ushered into the presence of God to praise, then worship Him in simple faith. Bob's daughter, Hannah, will be taking the missionaries' children under her gentle wing, allowing their parents to give themselves completely to what's in store for them while, at the same time, building eternal values into their children's young lives.

ANESU has only one requirement of visiting teams; that they have a right heart.

Every member of Zim Team 2012 has provided evidence in the few hours they've been with us of having met that requirement in full.

Could it have only been twelve months ago that the first team to visit ANESU arrived from New Jersey? So much has been accomplished is such a brief period of time. This team follows in the steps of that with involvement in ministry to those doing ministry, followed by face-to-face engagement with Zimbabwe's people at a number of levels.

The team from New Jersey left me with a heart that was deeply grateful ... a gratitude that has grown steadily since.

Each team that comes to Zimbabwe to see, then discern where and how they can contribute to what God is doing here give expression to the powerful impact that is made on them by the people they meet, the situations they're exposed to, and the experiences they have. Twin truth to that lies in the fact that they too, impact us and those who meet them here in powerfully positive ways.

Zim Team 2012's real work will begin a week from now, as the remaining four members arrive to embark on a busy itinerary of discovery and the laying of relational foundations of ministry opportunity alongside Zimbabweans responding to the needs of people infected, affected and at risk by HIV/AIDS.

As jet lag nudged me awake from time to time in the course of the night gone by, I revelled in the luxury of hope. Hope, today, will be my theme.

There is eternal hope in the face of human hopelessness ... hope that comes through a special kind of faith. That faith is very much in evidence today.

I love it when God's plan comes together.

Bud Jackson
Project Director