Zimbabwe and Botswana
A pioneer party, led by Major and Mrs Pascoe, set out from Kimberley, South Africa, on 5 May 1891 in a wagon drawn by 18 oxen, arriving in Fort Salisbury on 18 November. The then Rhodesia became a separate territory on 1 May 1931. Work spread to Botswana where The Salvation Army was officially recognised in 1997 and on 1 April 2017 the territory was renamed to the Zimbabwe and Botswana Territory.
The Territory was privileged to host a visit by the former General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox (WPWM) who led holiness meetings in the north and south of the country. In both meetings, Zimbabwean Salvationists appreciated the service and ministry of the international leaders that has changed lives. The northern regional holiness meeting was live-streamed on the territory's official Facebook page, reaching more than 80,000 people. The General reminded Salvationists that they were called to serve by God.
Remaining faithful to the mission of The Salvation Army is evident in the territory. The Whole World Mobilising flag was well received in every division. Salvationists reached out to people with the gospel at open-air meetings and shared their faith in practical ways by helping those in need through the distribution of second-hand clothing and basic commodities, and by cleaning homes. Other activities included hospital visitation, anti-trafficking ministry and child abuse awareness campaigns. In all of this, the main goal of soul-winning was realised, resulting in new openings and the upgrading of centres across the territory. The territorial brigades, who were actively involved in the Mobilising campaign, returned the flag to Commissioner Malabi in Manicaland Division.
Thousand of soldiers from across the territory attended the commissioning of twenty-one cadets of the Joyful Intercessors Session. This was followed by a graduation ceremony in which the newly-commissioned officers received Diplomas in Religious Studies from the University of Zimbabwe. Staff from the university and other theological colleges also attended the graduation. The training college welcomed a new session of cadets that includes two Madagascan nationals.
The territorial leaders led officers councils in each of the country's four regions, infusing a spiritual boost that has empowered officers to remain committed to the mission, despite daily challenges.
The drive for self-reliance continued in the territory under the theme `Building on a Solid Foundation in Spiritual Life and Self-reliance'. Seminars and workshops were held to augment the theme and implement the territory's vision.
A variety of workshops were hosted including a `Training of Trainers' workshop on Child Protection, facilitated by the Deputy Director of International Child Protection, IHQ. Divisional youth officers took part in the training and have since started to train youth workers in their division. The territory also hosted the Africa Communications Network and Disaster and Election Preparedness workshops.
Commissioner Joash Malabi - Territorial Commander (1 September 2016)
Commissioner Florence Malabi - Territorial President for Women's Ministries
Lieut-Colonel Trustmore Muzorori - Chief Secretary (1 August 2019)
Lieut-Colonel Wendy Muzorori - Territorial Secretary for Women's Ministries
45 Josiah Chinamano Avenue
PO Box 14
Officers - 571 (active - 555 retired - 16)
Envoys - 18 Cadets - 37 Employees - 1,277
Corps - 442 Outposts - 563
Senior Soldiers - 129,796 Adherents - 5,841 Junior Soldiers - 18,046
tel: +(263) 242 250 107
Countries included in the territory: Botswana, Madagascar, Zimbabwe
Languages in which the gospel is preached: Chitonga, English, Ndebele, Shona, Tswana