Peter Tatenda Muzarakuza is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving as an HIV/AIDS program field officer with the Bwafwano Care Providers in Kitwe, Zambia. He was commissioned in August 2016.
The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experience and service. The program has a strong emphasis on faith and justice. Global Mission Fellows become active parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders, working to build just communities in a peaceful world.
Bwafwano Care Providers responds to health needs in the copper mining area around Kitwe. HIV/AIDS today is at pandemic proportions in the area, and along with malaria, tuberculosis and malnutrition, it accounts for a high number of deaths. The HIV/AIDS work focuses on prevention and care. It organizes community support groups and provides caretaker training.
Peter is from Zimbabwe, where he a member of Heartfelt International Ministries, an independent church with a branch in Harare. He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in social anthropology (with honors) from Great Zimbabwe University in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. He has worked as a human resources intern and in programs of Lions Clubs International. Peter is married to Priscilla Dube, and the couple has an infant child, Yananiso Frasia Muzarakuza.
“I began my walk of faith at a young age, and I have sought to keep in that path. I have gone through the immaturity of childhood, the rebellion of adolescence, and the pressures of young adulthood with the understanding that God is a loving and merciful God,” Peter says. “I have learned to trust God in a fast-paced, changing world. … Through God’s grace, I approach life with simplicity, humbleness, love, and joy.”
Peter’s call to mission service is rooted in his church and ecumenical involvement in high school and college. At the university he took part in both evangelistic ministry and in social and humanitarian activities that, he says, “stemmed from the understanding that love is not love until it is given way, just as God has given his only begotten Son.”
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