IN A LETTER directed to its membership, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches-ZCC- calls for the adoption of digital technologies among a number of other precautionary measures to fight COVID-19.
ZCC has over 3 million followers.
Zimbabwe has recorded two cases of Coronavirus. This development requires that churches and other organisations that thrive on gatherings tape into new technologies.
As part of the recommendations ZCC wrote, “We are also recommending the use of vastly available Information, Communication Technology in the form of live-streaming, podcasting and pre-recorded sermons and messages as a way of reaching out to your congregants. The ZCC is offering basic training for pastors in some of these technologies upon request.”
ZCC said people must come to terms with the reality that the health systems may be overwhelmed. This may lead to many deaths, especially among the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.
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In the same realm, the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe has taken the digital route. The church-with over 1.4 million followers-is live streaming Mass through different social media platforms.
Zimbabwe has a large Christian community and Churches are used to meeting at least once a week to worship. However, a government directive disallows gatherings of more than 100 people.