Saturday, December 4, 2010


This is an example of what happens when like minds work together.  Be blessed this Christmas season!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Taps Rocks

Our buddy Tapiwa ("Taps") Mugadza is another young man to watch -- he has a great career in front of him. 

Peace is the Goal -- and Mitch is The Man

I got a call the other day from a nice man who wanted to drop off a donation to our office.  I suggested he mail it -- but he insisted on dropping it off and asked if I could meet him.  He said he had a bag of soccer balls to give us.  I met him and gratefully accepted a LARGE net bag full of deflated soccer balls from a kind man who proudly explained they were from his son, Mitch, who started his own organization to donate soccer equipment to needy children and who had somehow identified Servant Leaders for a donation.  His Dad was in town, looked us up and made the delivery.  Turns out, Mitch is 18 years old and lives in Wisconsin.  He gets the money for the soccer equipment by refereeing soccer games, doing landscaping and babysitting.

We are SO proud of this young man.  He is the epitome of a Servant Leader -- he is young, but doesn't let that stop him from acting on a good idea.  His simple mission is bringing joy, fitness, education and fellowship to children in 40 countries around the world, and soon, Zimbabwe too.
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. ~1 Timothy 4:12

Mitch Arnold, 18, Founder, Peace is the Goal

Friday, October 15, 2010


After a series of mishaps, missed flights, re-routing through Paris, rude flight attendants, missing luggage and stolen items from our bags (ahhhh, travel in 2010), Todd Martin and I met up with Henry Nel and team for another feeding program in Gwayi River.  This time, Henry brokered a deal with the Mazwa farmers to buy maize directly from them.  He provided them with 50 kilo bags, they filled them and sewed them shut, then we drove by to pick them up, load our trucks and deliver them to the village schools.  Thus, we supported local growers, reduced our transport costs, and provided maize to the schools for them to mill themselves that would feed the children for 2-3 months.  Doing it this way, we were able to stretch our funds and serve hundreds of children in five schools.

A huge thank you to all of you who contributed funds, clothing and in-kind donations to this effort!  Our plan is to return for the Rotary project hopefully in the spring, and possibly return in July for an extended trip to set up a computer training program at Gwayi Primary School.  Enjoy the pictures!


Monday, September 20, 2010


Africa, your sufferings have been a theme that has engaged and arrested my heart.  Your sufferings no tongue can express, no language impart.
 These words by Sir William Wilberforce (1759-1833) were about his desire for the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of English society.  They are still relevant today, as much of the African continent struggles with drought and the ravages of poverty, social injustice and disease.  Though there are many nations in Africa where opportunity abounds, Southern Africa in particular is still a hotbed of famine and AIDS.  Though we at SLI agree with Ms. Dambisa Moyo that government-to-government aid is not a workable solution, this is not to say that humanitarian relief efforts by individuals and small dedicated groups do not have value -- much suffering can be relieved as we build relationships, as we give of ourselves, as we do what each of us is capable of doing.  As Mother Teresa said, "if you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."  And as William Wilberforce reminds us:
Having heard all of this, you may choose to look the other way . . . but you can never say again that you did not know.

Friday, September 10, 2010


It's that time again and I'm very excited.  I will be returning with Todd Martin for another joint LCFA/SLI mission trip to Zimbabwe where we will be delivering grain to village schools and seed to farmers in the region around Gwayi River.  Here is how Todd describes the scene in Zim today:
The good news: The economy in Zimbabwe is starting to turn around. Fuel can be purchased at most filling stations and the shelves at most grocery stores are full. The bad news: Prices are still highly inflated such that most people cannot afford to purchase what they need, and unemployment is still extremely high. We are hoping and praying that inflation will settle down once the people get used to the new currency. In the mean time God has given us more opportunities to show His love through tangible means. 

I received a letter last year from the headmaster, Dominic Nyathi, of the Sir Roy Welensky Primary School requesting more help. He was very thankful for our donation on a previous visit and mentioned that both the students and teachers were surviving off of the Mealie Meal (their staple diet in Zimbabwe; like “grits”) for the last 2-3 months. Dominic said that “while goods are plenty in the shops, we find it hard to get a single dollar” to purchase anything. This is typical in many of the rural areas where unemployment often exceeds 80%. The grain we distribute is typically enough to provide meals for the students from between one to three months depending on the size of the school. So, at least for now, we will continue to help in any way we can.
We will be traveling to Zimbabwe on September 27, returning on October 12.  If you are interested in being a part of our team helping to stave off hunger in this region, please consider donating --

Grain costs approx. $350 per ton including fuel to transport it to the villages;
Seed costs about $1,200 per ton and is most needed now, before the Nov. planting season.

If you feel led to give and be a part of this relief mission, click Donate Now above right, or mail a check made out to "Servant Leaders International" to the address to the right.

Every little bit counts, and as our travel costs are now covered, everything we raise from now until September 27 will be used to buy food for the villagers.  Please consider donating now, and help us plan to feed more people.  Your contribution is tax deductible.  Thank you!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Servant leadership has obvious applications in ministry.  When reading this interesting article by Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, Costa Mesa, California, think about the wider implications of servant leadership on your sphere of influence.  How will you touch the lives of others in your workplace, your church, your neighborhood, your family?  Will you have an opportunity to serve others outside of your comfort zone?  If so, how will you respond?

by Rick Warren
August 14, 2010

"Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!" Matthew 25:23 (NLT)
"Can you be counted on by others? Are there promises you need to keep, vows you need to fulfill, or commitments you need to honor? "

Real servants are faithful to their ministry. Servants finish their tasks, fulfill their responsibilities, keep their promises, and complete their commitments. They don't leave a job half undone, and they don't quit when they get discouraged. They are trustworthy and dependable.

Faithfulness has always been a rare quality (Psalm 12:1; Proverbs 20:6; Philippians 2:19-22).

Most people don't know the meaning of commitment. They make commitments casually, then break them for the slightest reason without any hesitation, remorse, or regret. Every week, churches and other organizations must improvise because volunteers didn't prepare, didn't show up, or didn't even call to say they weren't coming.

Can you be counted on by others? Are there promises you need to keep, vows you need to fulfill, or commitments you need to honor?

This is a test. God is testing your faithfulness. If you pass the test, you're in good company: Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, Daniel, Timothy, and Paul were all called faithful servants of God.

Even better, God has promised to reward your faithfulness in eternity. Imagine what it will feel like one day to have God say to you, "Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!" (Matthew 25:23 NLT).

By the way, faithful servants never retire. They serve faithfully as long as they're alive. You can retire from your career, but you will never retire from serving God.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


I sit on the doorstep on my room in Johannesburg South Africa, with a cup of some fresh Rooibos tea. It’s cold, but the cup of tea and the two jackets that I am wearing are keeping me warm. This is not a usual night for me, there is something on my mind, I have unanswered questions and I am trying to find solutions for the crisis in my life.

I didn’t plan to be here, I did not see my life becoming as it has. On the contrary, I wanted to travel the continent, empowering my fellow African brothers and sisters. I wanted to be teaching business seminars in Zimbabwe, in Zambia, in Kenya. I never envisioned myself living in a one-room, struggling to raise enough money to pay rent and buy food.

Where did I go wrong? But I am not the only one, there are thousands of Zimbabweans all over South Africa, who have left their country of birth in search for greener pastures. We all have since discovered that the grass that seemed greener from Zimbabwe is actually growing on a sewage leak!

Its been almost a year since I left home, and I have been through some interesting situations – from living in a barber shop, to sleeping in the park and now I have a one-room…that’s a huge achievement for someone in my shoes.

But there is still hope, not only for me but for every other African brother and sister. The hope does not lie in aid, per se, but it really lies in the empowerment of the African youth. These are the future leaders, the future business gurus.

I am getting a vision, a bright image of the future, a generation of Africans who will not only change their lives, but the lives of their fellow brothers and sisters. They say change is the only constant in life, change has to come to Africa, positive change.

Change only comes, however, when new knowledge is received. It’s a new perception of the world that can bring positive change to Africa. It’s a different value system, not changing the culture, but changing the values on which we build our lives. It’s the values that govern us, it’s the values that affect what we do and who we become. In the midst of negativity and corruption, positive change is possible. They say when the student is ready, the teacher appears; Africa is ready for new teachers. Teachers who will not be afraid to teach, Leaders who will not be afraid to lead and the students will not be afraid to learn.

Instead of giving us fish, we now need to learn how to fish and then maybe we can even own the fishpond where everyone fishes. Africa’s future lies in all the youth, myself included. It breaks my heart to see young people engage in self-destructive habits; like smoking at a young age, drinking alcohol from a young age, mugging people, stealing… What is the cause of all this? Remember, change can only come when new knowledge is received.

There is hope for Africa, when the young generation is empowered. These future leaders need to be taught, we need to be taught. They say success leaves clues, now is the time for us to learn the clues from those who have gone before us and achieved great things for humanity.

It’s no longer about me, but it’s now up to me. If I can impact just one life of my fellow Africans, I know they will go on to impact their society and that in the end we will have a better Africa. 

Bruce Msimanga

Saturday, May 8, 2010


Hi all! There is a lot happening at Servant Leaders International! Here is our news:

Our next Servant Leaders Team Meeting is coming up next weekend, Saturday, May 15th at 2:00. Please plan to be there until approximately 3:45. Contact SLI at if you can attend, and bring anyone who might be interested in joining our team!

This is the date, according to our calendar, that your deposit is due for your participation in the trip. The deposit amount is $400. For those of you who missed our first meeting, we have changed the dates of the trip to August 30 - Sept. 14, 2010. If you don't have the money ready yet, please have it in as soon as possible, and talk with me to make arrangements. The sooner the money comes in, the sooner we can buy plane tickets at a good price.

There are some other exciting developments. We have connected with a man from a local Rotary club who is connected in Zimbabwe. He has found a possible way for us to acquire GRAIN and possible even SEED for this area for FREE. We would only have to pay for fuel and transport, which would mean either having to raise less, or having more to spend on delivery rather than the staple food. If they won't provide seed, we will have more money to purchase it, as it is VERY expensive (4 times the amount of grain).

We are working on getting our flight costs down by choosing an alternative airline. If, however, you know of business people or family members who are frequent flyers, ask them to donate their miles to SLI. We can use them to defray costs or transport people who can't otherwise raise enough to go. This is a great way to support our work!!

Steve and I will be offering lemonade and blended mocha drinks at Estrella Mountain Church tomorrow. If any of you who attend this church would like to purchase donuts, muffins and danish for sale, buy them at Safeway early Sunday morning. (Remember, it's Mother's Day, so get there early!) We will have a table between services and after the second service. All donations will be pooled and go towards the September humanitarian relief project.

Also, if you want to conduct a garage sale or bake sale in the next week or two, our driveway is available for your use, just let us know! We can discuss putting together a car wash, using the parking lot of the church near our house on 107th -- we will need help with advertising our car wash and help with planning. We can all get out there and wash some cars for the cause!


Even if you are not sure you can go with us on this trip, please attend the meeting to find out what our future plans are, and to help us spread the word! We have an exciting project in development that could mean not only grain and seed, but WATER to the schools in this region. We can't wait to share all that is happening at SLI.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

More Food Shortages Threaten Zimbabwe's Population

Planning to Return to Africa in Late August

Since we feel it is prudent to avoid the excitement and crowds and general airport mayhem surrounding the World Cup in South Africa this summer, SLI is planning to return to Zimbabwe and, hopefully, Zambia as late as possible in August, possibly the first week of September.  This has another benefit -- the air tickets will be greatly reduced.

We are forming our team and have had our first Team Meeting on SLI's Mission, Vision and Values.  We are currently taking applications to join us on this short term humanitarian mission, so if you are interested, please contact SLI at for more information!

Thursday, February 25, 2010


What is the Two Cents Campaign?  

Our idea is that donating to a worthy cause should not hurt -- it should feel good.  We strongly believe that much can be done with the little that we have, if we bring what we can with glad hearts for giving.

We're asking people to "give us your two cents" -- a play on words:  give us your thoughts and opinions about issues relevant to our work, and literally give us two cents, whatever loose change you might find digging around your pocket or purse!

If you would like to participate in this campaign, you can contribute in a number of ways:  take a 1-minute video of yourself with your video phone or camera, in the following format:

"Hi, my name is ____ from _____."  Then tell us what the world should know about the ability of young people to make a difference in the world, or the moral imperative of helping children in need, the state of hunger in the Third World, opportunities for enterprise and positive change in Africa, or the power and potential of your generation -- whatever, just make it relevant to SLI's mission and vision, and encourage your listeners to dig deep, find some loose cash and send it to SLI.  Keep it real (and appropriate) and keep it to one minute or less!  End with one of these tag lines:
"Small change leads to big change!" or
"... and that's my Two Cents."

Send us your 1-minute video and we'll post it here!  If you can't shoot a quick vid, put your thoughts in a comment to this post, become a Follower and tell all your friends about our cause!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Video Is Worth A Thousand Words!

We are so thankful to all of you who donated so generously to help make this outreach a success!