The church burned down.

“The church went down in a blaze…sad news.” Two weeks ago, I was sitting in the airport in Washington state, flying home after a friend’s wedding when I received that text from my mother. [Ok, so as I write this, I’m currently driving a uhaul across 1,200+ miles, moving to a new city, so please excuse any typos or run on sentences!!] So, if you’re following this blog, my LAST …

[Day 15-17] Delivering Beautiful Gifts

[These are reflections from June 15-17] It’s pretty humbling to be able to deliver a gift that I didn’t give myself, but I was giving on behalf of other people. This post is mostly about what happened on Sabbath, June 17th. So, first I have to rewind to explain how I got this gift to give to a couple churches in Zimbabwe. Before I went to Zimbabwe, I was traveling around …

It’s kind of hard to explain.

So, I haven’t blogged for over a week now. For good reason. There were several things happening at once, and as they were unfolding, I actually wasn’t sure what I could write about and what to not write about. So I didn’t write anything. Now that it’s all been resolved, there are some things I can share, and I’ll resume with my recaps of how days 15 and onward went. …

[Day 12-14] Hope Soap & Reunions

Hello hello! I wanted to share a special part of the trip. My friend made dozens of soaps before I left the USA for the kids at the Hwata School – and they have “Hope” imprinted on them. She included a washcloth and some small notes for the kids to read. This is extra special because printed on each little soap bar is HOPE. TineVimbo means “We have hope, or …

[Days 1-4] Hello Zimbabwe!

“That’s a lot of stars in the sky!” I exclaimed as we took the long road home from the airport to my parents home here in Zimbabwe. Either 2 days of travel (24 hours of flight time along) had gotten to me, OR it was true – I actually haven’t seen a sky full of stars in a long time….because let’s face: there IS quite a lot of light pollution in …

Just in case you were wondering…

In less than 3 weeks, I’m going to be on a plane to Zimbabwe for the Hwata School Project! I cannot say THANK YOU enough to the dozens of you who have already donated $7,000+!!! Friends, strangers, and acquaintances around the world have given to this mission – and we’re getting closer to the goal! WE’VE raised 61% of the minimum amount ($12,000) needed to meet all of the goals …

This Is What Your Donation Really Means.

Sometimes it’s hard to connect the dots when it comes to giving. You plant a seed, but may not see where it goes. Let me paint a picture for you! Your donation will make these things a reality: -Running water for high school students after a long day of school work -A school garden that will literally grow nourishment for the students of the Hwata School and the Zimbabwean community surrounding …

My Friend Challenge: I dare you to take part!

If each of my friends on Facebook donated $15 to this Hwata School Mission project today, we could reach the goal of $25,000! Seriously. That’s all. I’m challenging each and every one of you reading this right now. I need your help to make my trip this summer a reality!!! Give here: www.tinevimbo.org/donate For the price of two Chipotle meals, a pair of leggings, or 3 drinks from Starbucks, you …

There is more to Africa than what you saw on the Lion King.

Remember that movie, in the 90s, with all the talking animals, that made you believe that every child in Africa had lions for pets, and could speak to Rafiki? Yeah….Not quite real. In honor of all the talk (lately) about immigrants, diversity, and cultural misconception, I’ve decided to write a blog about…..AFRICA! More specifically, I’d like to talk about Zimbabwe, because let’s be honest – I don’t know enough about …