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Dave Rousseau

My Story

I am a native Zimbabwean who came to Christ through a Youth for Christ camp in Zimbabwe.

In 1979, missionaries helped me come across to Moody Bible Institute where I received a diploma in Biblical studies. I continued at Messiah College graduating in 1983 with a BA in Religious Studies. In 1986, I received an MDiv from Denver Seminary. In 2000, I received an MTh from UNISA (University of South Africa) and am currently working on a DTh from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. My subject area is a theology of community.

I married Sue Rousseau from Portage, WI, in 1983. During our time at Denver Seminary, we accepted a call to move to Zimbabwe and serve God there in the training of national leaders for the church.

In 1987, we joined TEAM, and in 1989 left for Zimbabwe and have been there until the present time.


Family:

Sue; Hannah, Brett and Bailey; and Christopher

Ministry Focus:

My primary ministry has been at The Harare Theological College (HTC) where I have served as a lecturer, registrar, academic dean, campus development director and for the last 11 years I have been the Principal of the college. In 2012 I stepped down from being Principal with a view to becoming more involved again with students in and out of class as they train for ministry.

HTC’s purpose is to teach men and women wishing to prepare for Christian ministry. HTC offers an evening research program which allows students to work and minister during the day and come to college in the evenings. There are 120 students this year of various ages, racial backgrounds, and local churches serving in one capacity or another. Some also work with para-church organizations such as Life Ministries, Youth for Christ, Scripture Union, Prison Fellowship, etc. Some are missionaries to neighboring countries once they have completed their training.

We also work with children at risk which is largely driven by the fact that of the 12 million people in Zimbabwe, about 1.2 million are orphans. I am on the Board of two ministries for Children at Risk: Hands of Hope which oversees about forty projects in Zimbabwe and Eden Children’s Village located in rural Doma, Zimbabwe. We help churches that seek to help these children by providing encouragement, training, oversight, and sometimes limited funding where deemed appropriate.

Other ministries -

TEAM Zimbabwe/Mozambique leadership, itinerant speaker at churches around Zimbabwe, house group leader

The People:

Zimbabwean ethnic groups: African 98% (Shona 82%, Ndebele 14%, other 2%), mixed and Asian 1%, white less than 1%

Languages: English (official), Shona, Sindebele (the language of the Ndebele, sometimes called Ndebele), numerous but minor tribal dialects

Religions: syncretic (part Christian, part indigenous beliefs) 50%, Christian 25%, indigenous beliefs 24%, Muslim and other 1%

Population: 12,619,600 (July 2012 est.) country comparison to the world: 72

note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected

The Country of Zimbabwe has an HIV/AIDS infection rate of 10.32%. Of its population of 12,6 million people, an estimated 1,2 million are infected with HIV. An estimated 83,000 people die each year from HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, and there are over 1,200,000 (some estimations are closer to 1,4 million) orphans living in Zimbabwe because of HIV/AIDS.

Primary Prayer Request:

* That the Lord will use all of us at HTC in the training of leadership for the church in Zimbabwe where leaders of integrity are needed.

* That we will have significant opportunity to disciple others.

* That God will use me to encourage His church as I speak in different churches and teach God’s Word.

* For peace and justice in Zimbabwe where there has been so much violence and bad governance.

* That God will use me as I serve on various boards and work with Children at Risk ministries.

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