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The Joseph Foundation

Elna Mukamuri

Elna’s late husband, Ephiel Mukamuri, was close friends with Stefan Radelich after meeting at a filling station by divine orchestration.

In 2004, there was a very critical hunger situation in Zimbabwe that Ephiel communicated to Stefan. Stefan talked to Steve Sumrall, who then organised for them to have their first ever food container from Feed The Hungry that same year. The Mukamuri’s founded The Joseph Foundation shortly after and have continued a partnership with Feed the Hungry since.

The feeding program has made their ministry very relevant in Zimbabwe and has allowed them to reach almost 16,000 children. This program has validated Elna’s testimony in the community; allowing her to be a witness for Christ as she blesses people.
There are also fifteen students that are in the Sumrall Scholarship program in Zimbabwe. These students have their school and books fees paid through Feed the Hungry, keeping them in school instead of working for money.

Elna’s long-term goal is to influence all mankind to believe in Jesus Christ and live with faith in Him. They want to evangelise and make disciples for Jesus. They also want to establish educational institutions to help with their vision, farming centers to grow food locally, and Bible Training institutions.

Saving of children’s lives through making food available to them has been very impactful to Elna in her ministry. Without the timely intervention, those lives would have been lost.

Long lasting economic hardships, persistent droughts, political instability are the main things Elna and her ministry constantly face.

If she had the privilege to meet Dr. Lester Sumrall, Elna would thank him for teaching and living a life of faith. She would let him know the impact that hours of listening to his teachings has had on her and her husband, Ephiel. She would thank him most for making the Gospel so practical through Feed The Hungry. Because of his obedience and Feed the Hungry, her ministry is able to share the Gospel.

If food and God’s word was plentiful, the feeding and Action Bible Club (ABC) program could reach every child in Zimbabwe. Food would fill their bellies and ABC would fill them spiritually.

About Zimbabwe

Country Statistics

  • Population: 15,418,674 (2023 est.)
  • Below the Poverty Line: 38.3% (2019 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: 63.79 years (2023 est.)
  • Literacy Rate: 86.5% (2015)
  • Human Development Index: 146/191 (2020)
  • Global Climate Risk Index: 2 (2019)

About the Children

  • Under the Age of 14: 38.16% (2023 est.)
  • Children under 5 Underweight: 9.7% (2019)
  • Average Years of Schooling: 8.5 years (2020)

Causes of Death

  • AIDS, Hepatitis A, Typhoid Fever, Malaria, Dengue Fever.
  • Others include diarrhoeal diseases, water borne diseases, birth complications, and rabies.

Floods, droughts, air and water pollution, toxic waste, and poor waste management all threaten the livelihood of Zimbabwe’s people.

Human trafficking is a major issue as well. These people are subjected to forced labor in sex work, domestic service, prostitution, and agriculture.

Zimbabwe is currently home to 21,701 refugees from Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2021)

Heroin, mandrax, and methamphetamine smuggling point

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