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Sadness and service in Africa

Macheke, Zimbabwe — “It was such a tragic loss,” said Kara Scharrer after the recent death of a 17-year-old girl in the Zimbabwe Orphan Program, a ministry of Nhowe Mission in this southern African nation.
At the funeral, Kara Scharrer and her children share a meal with Christians including Mercy, right, who serves with her husband as a caretaker for 40 orphans who live at Nhowe Mission. (PHOTO BY ERIK SCHARRER)
Dozens of local believers gathered for the girl’s funeral, including Scharrer, her husband, Erik, and their four children. The family is serving for six months at Nhowe Mission. Dr Erik Scharrer, an emergency medicine physician with the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, is working at the Brian Lemons Memorial Hospital as the whole family serves the mission’s school and orphanage and Zimbabwean Churches of Christ.

In happiness and heartache, “God is so good,” Kara Scharrer said, “and we have seen his hand through everything here.”

Students at the Nhowe Mission school gather to hear Erik Scharrer give a devotional talk during the school’s chapel.

WEBSITE: ourzimbabwejourney.blogspot.com

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