How is the local church in Mbare Zimbabwe preparing the youth to participate in the socio-political system of their community?
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The church in Zimbabwe has been a great influence in the scio -political life of the people. The church has been involved since the time of colonialism to the current. The church has been at the centre of the life of the people of Zimbabwe. The influence of the church has been seen through the establishment of schools, hospitals and vocational colleges for the local people. This was done during the colonial era through the missionaries. Though they worked together with colonial government their desire to empower the local people was not welcome by the colonial government. After Independence the church continued to work for the development of the people of Zimbabwe. The church worked together with government to develop the various infrastructure that was needed to rebuild the country after the protracted struggle for independence. How ever the fortunes of the country have not been as anticipated, Zimbabwe has been for the last decade or two faced serious economic hardships, corruption, shrinking economy, human rights abuse and highly polarised political environment. Ecumenically the Christian voice has been heard and continues to be heard as the church continues to find a lasting solution to the nation’s problems. The nation said to be almost 85 % Christian has a political environment characterise by violence. My study seeks to found out what is the church doing to prepare its young people to participate meaningfully in the socio political environment of their communities. In the study I focus on Diakonia and active citizenship as basis for my theoretical frame work. I conduct a case study on five different congregations in Mbare,