The Michael Project is a ministry of Greystone Park Christian Fellowship in Harare, and has been established as a result of the growing needs of children at risk in Zimbabwe. It is named after an AIDS orphan adopted by Sue Austen in 1994. His natural parents were Mozambican refugees and victims of the AIDS virus. Michael died in 1995.
The project is headed up by Dave and Helen Hobbs, who are both Zimbabwean born and bred. Dave comes from an accounting background, and left this profession in 2002 to work full time with The Michael Project. Helen, who is a graduate of the London School of Theology (previously London Bible College), returned to Zimbabwe in 1999 to work with vulnerable children.
A key member of the team is Rephat Nyarenda, who graduated from Hatfield Bible College in Pretoria, and pastored a church in Norton, Zimbabwe, for 5 years before joining the Michael Project in 2006. Not only is he the project’s pastor, but is also responsible for all of the teaching and training.
There are 15 full time workers in the team including pre-school teachers and house parents, who lovingly care for the children in our various projects. You can read more about the church’s work with Africa and SEEDS4Tanzania in the sermon preached in July 2013 following the church’s trip to Africa here.