My Open Letter To Evan Mawarire

Dear Pastor Evan Mawarire

Firstly I hope you and your family are settling well in the USA, it must be quite refreshing there compared to our troubled Zimbabwe. I write this letter to you as a follower of This Flag movement. I am one of the thousands of people who prayed for you fervently when you were arrested. I also prayed for you the day you fled to South Africa when no one knew where you were and your followers were worried sick about your safety. I remember waking my husband up (who is not even from Zimbabwe) asking him to pray for you with me.  Everyday he would ask me of the latest update. We watched the whole movement in amazement as it gained momentum, watching all the videos daily and praying earnestly for Zimbabwe. That is how heavily involved my husband and I  became in the #This Flag movement.

What first attracted me to This Flag was your humility, passion and eloquence. I remember saying often to my husband that “truly this man is a man of God”. I was once badly abused by a well known Zimbabwean Pastor in a situation that almost took my life and everything I had ever worked for, so it was truly refreshing to finally see a genuine Zimbabwean Pastor who has the needs of the people in his heart. I even started going back listening to your sermons on marriage, in a way you became my Pastor. I held you in high esteem and honor. I started to see a glimmer of hope for beloved Zimbabwe, even though I haven’t lived there for over 15 years. I thought well, God has surely chosen you to deliver the people of Zimbabwe from bondage, especially those back home. I remember watching a video where you said even if they abduct you, kill you or arrest you, the movement will still go on. I thought you  were extremely brave and courageous.

However fast-forward four weeks later, I haven’t got a clue as to what’s happening anymore. Each time I watch your recent videos I feel confused and somewhat betrayed. I feel like you are a different man to the man you were before you fled Zimbabwe. Your style and tone of talking has changed, the humility I once saw in you I don’t see it anymore. I don’t hear you say hatichatya (we are not afraid anymore). What puzzles me the most is that since you left Zimbabwe, you started saying This Flag movement was never about one person. With all the respect, YOU Evan Mawarire started this movement. You are the face and founder of it. You are the leader of it. There is no movement under the sun that does not have a leader or a person who influences it. To say we are all leaders and heroes of this movement is just downright stupid and doesn’t make any sense at all. I find it quite rude and offensive that you deny being the leader of a movement you started. The definition of leader is a person that holds a dominant or superior position within a field, and is able to exercise a high degree of influence or control over others. Does that definition not describe you Pastor Evan?

When you started This Flag movement and asked people to join in and follow YOUR vision, you automatically became a LEADER. You are also a pastor, which again automatically makes you a leader in the community. You became a role model to thousands of people. When you were arrested people came outside the court house to support you in thousands, risking their own lives for you. You told people to risk their lives and protest against a dangerous government. YOU gave instructions and people followed. They did it because you the LEADER of the movement gave them the courage. A lot of people were arrested during the stay away. Hello? Do you remember Linda Masarira at all? A mother of 5 children languishing in a Zimbabwe jail for protesting against the government during the stay away you called. There are people out there who have risked their lives for Zimbabwe. You told people to shut their business down and not go to work, they listened to you and lost money because they thought you were in this together with them. And today you have the cheek of denying that you were the leader and the face of this movement when people have sacrificed their lives to follow a call YOU made? And where are you as you make these offensive videos, jetting off to America for a better life…even your skin has changed in these few weeks you have left Zimbabwe, showing that right now Pastor, life is good! But unfortunately not so good for Linda and other activists.

And to add more insult to all those people suffering in Zimbabwe, you now say you are just a citizen? What planet are you now on dear Pastor? What the heck? Its bad enough you deny being a politician, yeah whatever. Sugar coat it all you want and play with words all you want, but the fact that you are now eligible to seek political asylum in USA says it all. Anyway thats another letter for another day, now back to this I am just a citizen issue. You are more than a citizen. Please stop insulting Zimbabweans. Please just stop it. According  to your own Facebook page that you opened, you are a public figure with almost 50 000 followers. You have given interviews on BBC, SKY NEWS (where you wept buckets), SABC and just about any international major platform that will have you. As if that is going to change anything or help anyone in Zimbabwe. I feel you are now just a celebrity making the most out of your new found fame at the expense of suffering Zimbabweans. The president of Zimbabwe and every Zimbabwean on the planet knows who you are. Your name comes up in political news of Zimbabwe. So please cut the “I AM JUST A CITIZEN” crap. It is very offensive to some of us and our relatives back home who are “just citizens” You are a famous leader and a Public Figure. You know as much as I do that you are a more than just a citizen of Zimbabwe.

Ok let me calm down a bit, sorry if I came across as rude in the above passage, I really had to let that out. I am just finding your videos to be more ridiculous by the day and God knows what you are going to come up with from the luxury comforts of America. To be honest Pastor, since you left the country, I feel totally betrayed and used by you. I also believe its within my rights to feel this way and I should be allowed to say it without fear.  I invested a lot of time and emotions into This Flag. I know there are many people out there who feel the same way, probably half of your followers now. And in case you had not noticed, not everyone is calling you a hero anymore for the followers of this flag are now split. A lot of people now think you abandoned the movement and you are a coward. A number think this was all a plan to get asylum status in the USA, some say that’s why you cried on SKY TV. A number of suspicious whatsapp messages circulated online when you were arrested that it was all a plan to move to USA at the expense of gullible followers. A lot of us found the messages absurd but today sadly you have not done anything to prove any of those messages as fake. If anything you have now authenticated those messages.

Each time a person expresses how they feel about you, they are literally bullied into submission by the other half of the followers. I had to be very brave to express my opinion in this open letter for  I know the wrath which awaits me after I click the publish button. According to your  followers, people should not criticize you. If they dare they should at least have done something for the country or have a solution to the Zimbabwe crisis. Most people who try to vent their frustrations of how the movement has ended are often persecuted, called names and insulted. Your followers are the ones who claim to dislike the government and want democracy, yet they behave exactly like ZANU PF and torment anyone who dare speak out against THIS FLAG. I refuse to be bullied into submission by your faithful followers Pastor. And before they ask me I HAVE NOT GOT A SOLUTION TO THE ZIMBABWE CRISIS NEITHER HAVE I EVER DONE ANYTHING FOR THE COUNTRY. I am just here to exercise my democratic rights as a citizen and by expressing my views. The little I have done is pray for you and for Zimbabwe. I hope that little counts.

I believe you have let Zimbabwe down Pastor. I believe you have not been honest with people. It does seem like you are taking people for a ride. At least just be straight with people. Be honest. You said you went to South Africa for a pre planned business trip, though we all know that wasn’t the case. Not to mention the lies you said about not having a phone whilst people were worried sick about you. Now you claim you have gone to USA to meet some citizens…ummm like really.  You also said you are going to America to “think”. I do not think this is the time to be taking “thinking” vacations. You are a public figure. You thrust yourself into the public domain and volunteered a leadership position in a movement that challenges the government, yet your followers believe you are not eligible for criticism. You are supposed to be a Pastor, a man of integrity, you owe it to the people to explain some of your controversial actions. A lot of people out there are confused as to what you are doing. Stop insulting the people who have risked their lives during this movement. In your last video you even said “Ku Zimbabwe kune ma one ariko”. What an insult to people like Linda Masarira who in her own words said shes suffering like this for her own children, for a better Zimbabwe.

I wrote this letter to you directly, on behalf of those petrified of saying that they feel you have run away from what you started. Of course we all know you have a young family to think of, but so does a lot of activists in Zimbabwe including Linda. A lot of these activists on the ground have not got the luxury of flying to the USA when the going gets tough. No one knows what Linda’s 5 children are eating in Zimbabwe. No one knows about their health and well being. You are quite lucky and privileged. Its such a shame that this is now the fruit of THIS FLAG. Confusion, Division, Debates and Controversies. I find it quite ridiculous that the faithful followers are saying those who criticize are used to being spoon fed and hero worshiping. Apparently we are now supposed to all take your role and lead the movement forward as you have fled the scene. We are now all supposed to be leaders. How ridiculous. Apparently you have done your part, I am still scratching my head trying to figure out what part exactly you have played. Was it telling people to close down their businesses and protest and get arrested? I always thought its how you end the race that matters not how you begin. You were supposed to endure the race you started, leaving before you even got halfway has unfortunately taken away from how well you started. Sadly now your legacy is that you are the guy that fled from Zimbabwe after he started a ‘We are not afraid’ movement.  Oh the irony of it all!  By the way the only people I see hero worshiping you are the ones bullying others into submitting to every word you say.

In your last video announcing your move to America you addressed those who are calling you their hero and  said you do not want to be called a hero. Very interesting but please can you also address the other half of your followers, those who feel you betrayed them, you used them for personal gain and that you are a coward. Don’t you think you owe these people an honest explanation for wasting their time.  Is this not the democracy we are all crying for.

Looking forward to your response.

Citizen Jean Gasho (Not a member of ZANU PF)

PS. I was going to publish this letter on Monday, but after watching your video on Twitter where you arrogantly mocked the people who prayed for you and risked their lives for you and called them HATERS  in a fake american accent, I had to publish this letter on Saturday night before I went to bed, for my own sanity.

61 thoughts on “My Open Letter To Evan Mawarire

  1. My friend Jean you couldn’t have said it better. I for one feel so betrayed by this whole movement crap. I could literally see myself introducing my babies to Zimbabwe my home. Now it’s back to the business of giving my kids a decent living where I see fit, in this case , outside Zimbabwe.

    False hope from a pastor!!!! Deception of the highest order. All the best when you settle into your new life in the great US of A. SMDH

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    1. Oh my gosh…..I cannot believe what people are saying right now? Are you guys serious? How dare you speak when you are so uninformed! It makes me very sad.
      Pastor E travelled before anyway, with his work and ministry ~ and he even lived overseas for a couple of years.
      Everyone who is saying these unkind things ~ I feel it is stemming from your own inner “disappointment” that things haven’t changed for the better ‘over night in Zim”……guys change has come and is still taking place right now…..the #ThisFlag movement lives on whenever someone speaks out confidently against injustice or corruption, whenever someone is bold to speak the truth and to stand up for righteousness! Believe me this movement hasn’t died….how can it! I know it’s alive in me right now and I live here in Zimbabwe…….I’m living in this Nation, trying to survive daily – not getting paid on time, living hand to mouth ~ trusting God and not knowing where the next dollar is coming from!
      I don’t think you realise how far we have come as Zimbabweans in such a short time…..the courage to speak out without fear, and to see healthy, open discussion break out in all spheres across Zimbabwe, is incredible. So don’t ‘throw the baby out with the bath water’….show some respect! Stop maligning Pastor E and the Movement as a way to vent your disappointments and continued frustrations in Zimbabwe. This is only what the devil wants ~ so speak positive!
      Yes, it’s good to vent and get your stresses off your chest!
      But what did you expect Pastor E would ever become…..he is not our ‘Saviour’……spiritually
      Jesus Christ is our Saviour and physically we know God has prepared and will raise up a political leader to be our next President ~ I don’t feel it will be Pastor E….. so what more do you want from the man? Give him a break!

      1. For now he physically can’t come back to Zim…..so he is continuing to help, support and work for change, from a distance….what’s wrong with that?
      2. What’s wrong with him traveling? He did travel before all this anyway? And if he goes to the USA ~ so what? Who are you to judge him where he travels? He will continue being a motivator and a loudspeaker for Zimbabwe – Praise God.
      3. As long as you pinned your hope and deliverance on this ONE MAN ~ I’m sorry to say you will be disappointed…..he’s not God…..and because hope deferred makes the heart sick….you are now feeling terribly ‘let down’ because you had put all your hopes on this one man, and that’s wrong! He is not and won’t be OUR SINGLE DELIVERER…… you have to understand that! Change in Zim is going to come from a myriad of places, and together, this momentum will result in good change = it’s already happening.SO HAVE FAITH ~ but have faith in God, not Pastor Evan Mawarire! Pastor E has and is stil being used as one of the many instruments God is using to bring change in Zim…don’t falsely put him on a pedestal that he was never supposed to sit on.
      4. And ask yourself…….yes this is about Me, what one thing can I do to positively affect change in Zim? I can pray, learn my MP’s in my area, get involved as a citizen, hold them to account etc

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    2. Iwe Faith dzoka kumusha kwete kurwadziwa nekuti urikugeza chembere zvaPastor Evan zvichifaya. Tangawo movement or continue with the movement not just to focus on criticism

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  2. How has he betrayed you and all the others ? Did he not stir the pot and got people asking questions? Now because you prayed for him you want him to remain in a place he know harm will come his way ? He has been tried and convicted by the public jury .the same jury he managed to awaken from their sleep of fear . To me I saw that Twitter video as light hearted humor which reminds us of what needs to be focused on . Pastor Evan has never said he is abandoning the movement . Of anything his mantra was and Is ; take charge . Ask questions. Demand answers. Make those responsible own up .now that he has taken measures to protect his family you call him a sell out. May you please pray for your husband so that he takes over then . Let’s see if you will write even two paragraphs praising him .

    Before you criticise a man ; try and take a couple of steps in his shoes !

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    1. The pastor was looking for an easy way to leave Zimbabwe. With the stance he took every country is gladly willing to grant him asylum. If he had just gone without an act he could have been sent back home. He used us to put his face and name on the spot light.

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  3. Well said Jean. Chisepo “hatichatya ” zvinorevei? It’s very fortunate Pastor have got more blind followers and those with eyes. Indeed democracy it’s still miles away from us. Zvatiri kuramba ndizvo zvatiri kuiitira vamwe. The blind followers are aways ready to attach in support of their Pastor.

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  4. ean Gasho and Fadzai Mahere, it cannot be better than what you eloquently said in your respective masterpiece articles. Though I equally prayed for this Evan Mawarire, I really never believed that he was courageous as he said it. His bravery was to be tested by the subversion charges and not that’s what I wanted, but I waited eagerly to be proved wrong. Mr Evan never came to me as a brave person as he said it. If anyone never thought ZANUPF would come hard on him, then, surely that person must be living on another planet. It is, therefore, not correct that Evan never expected the brutality of ZANUPF.

    From the moment he appeared on pictures taken in his house with mugabe’s minions, to me, he did not stand as a hatichatya person, but a very stupefied, terrified and extremely timid pastor. His nhaka yamuri kuvaka ndeye vana venyu address vindicated me and somehow it became clear to me that the man is a very fearful pastor contrary to his all-time message. Whatever his rhetoric in South Africa, the man was lying and the only is the message that circulated on whatsup from his discussing with a friend that it was all to solidify his asylum claim. Does a man of God need to lie?

    The lies are still continuing unabated and do we need a man who needs to go to America to “think” as he tells us. What is he telling us here apart from lies? His reasons to go to South Africa was supposedly a “pre-planned engagements”. Did anyone saw anything of that sort apart from arrangements that were made whiling up for his USA visa? Seriously lying when you are a pastor. Really? So gutted by the route mr evan eventually took. Jean and Fadzai, never mind the critics, but the truth is this man’s actions have kind of crippled the eventful democratization momentum that the people of Zimbabwe had all of sudden found themselves in.
    Zvenyu zvaita mupositori Evan mwari wamunoti munonamata haanyeberwe.

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  5. I do not understand why the Pastor would say I fear for my life and why some of his fans would say he is justified in running away to America because his life was in danger! When he started this movement he knew damn well that he would be in danger and he would get into trouble. Kana aitya why start the whole thing in the first place??? Why upload videos on youtube achiti hatichatya??? Kutiza ikoku handiti ndiko kutya? That is complete oxymoron!!! Itai zvamada pastor, ini personally I don’t give a damn!

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  6. The author has only been living in Zimbabwe for 15yrs, uuh? From your eloquence, I can only guess your age. Do I see any double standards? Hatichatyi? That is an open ended statement which in my view could mean ‘we are no longer afraid to speak out’ the most positive result out of #ThisFlag movement. He still speaks and he is being listened to. What you are asking for is that he becomes an unwilling sacrificial lamp? Linda is from the #Tajamuka crew who participated in the stay-away as equal coordinators of the battle to free ourselves. Then there is sister Faith already in the diaspora who only becries the delayed move back to Zimbabwe. Eish, double standards all over. Please in this battle to free Zimbabwe, we all need to be partcipants, I mean ALL and should not point our rifles at each other lest it discharges and we unwillingly kill those on our side. I suggest that Jean you start your own #WeFightToEnd movement and you take this to the end using your best strategies. To try to appeal to people’s emotions by relating your traumatic experience with one pastor and juxtapositioning it to what you feel Mawarire did to you is grossly calculative and unfair. Your disdain of the pastor is palpable in your “fake American accent” statement. The second stay away was not that successful “not too many heeded the call” and can only explain that it was again due to fear. Was he supposed to beat people into submission like what the regime does? That not having worked he was supposed to step back and reorganise his thoughts as he was an unwilling or inadvertent leader in speaking out what a lot of us have been speaking privately. The positive effect of what he started is a lot more people have been emboldened to speak out. “Who needs a card to be supporting ZANU PF? ” Your disclaimer is therefore meaningless. Your action through your open letter is maybe unwittingly pro-regime than you do realise. I am neither saying pastor Evan should be lethargic about the ultimate goal of the movement but give him space.

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  7. I completely agree with you Jean. Used to support this movement too but these days I dont even want to watch the videos. I feel betrayed. Its like someone in a fight saying ndinokurova achitiza.

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  8. Pastor has nt done a anything wrong. Most leaders during fight for struggle were n exile.

    Take over the movement and continue with it. Who said it has died. It has given birth to different movements. The Itai’s and so on.

    Dear writer of the letter. Follow the cause and not the Man

    Yours Truely,

    Cjmazbug

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  9. This article is pathetic, I’m sorry to say. This flag IS a movement NOT a political party, meaning ANYONE can carry forward the movement REGARDLESS of who started it. Your mindset reflects what is wrong with a lot of Zimbabweans, home or away. Your mindset IS the reason why tyrants like Mugabe have continued to inflict physical and economic violence on his people. This is a sheepish mentality which is holding us back, always wanting to be led and always looking for a leader when we have the same POWER to control the destiny of our country. You have watched a 9 second humourous clip on Twitter with a VALID message as well and decided to get offended, why? See the problems in Zimbabwe are still there, no one is asking Mugabe to leave yet you’re busy scrutinising the actions one man took to save his life and protect his family. You are a married woman, no one should have to explain this to you. If you’re a genuine Christian as you claim to be why didn’t you ask yourself if this man heard from God, what if he heard from God to leave the country? Don’t forget that this flag started as a social media movement, his emphasis from the get go was that everyone was a leader in this movement and should take the necessary steps to be part of the change they want to see. You have allowed yourself to be used as an instrument of division, an instrument of darkness to bring discouragement to Zimbabweans who for the first time felt uplifted because of the braveness of everyone who chose to be part of this movement. This Flag represents the people of Zimbabwe, who are affected by Mugabe’s regime.. It has never been about being a follower and looking up to a leader. What we have witnessed since this movement has started is like nothing we have ever seen in Zimbabwe for many years, people have found their voices again, the fear is gone and people are asking questions and demanding answers. What if this was all Evan was called to do? What if his assignment is done? There’s still $16 billion dollars missing in Zimbabwe, the unemployment rates are still over 80%, the healthcare is still a shambles, police are still brutalising our brothers and sisters, people are still queuing up for hours to withdraw $50 a day, there’s no water and there’s no electricity. Just in case you forgot and got carried away I have to remind you of these facts, these are the REAL issues NOT the life of ONE man. How do YOU expect him to carry the weight of the nation on his back? What was the point of your article, are you desperate for publicity? Will this “open letter” of yours achieve anything positive for the people of Zimbabwe?

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    1. The point is noone has so lets call it a day…My motto don’t start what you can’t finish. In future any movements should just leave us ZIMBABWEAN citizens alone. We are FED UP OF IT!!

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  10. ok jean …check again that video you are saying is from pastor…i know emotions got the better of you in this one ….that one is satirical ….am sure that’s the one that prompted you to publish this article before Monday…All being said and done I will agree with the part where you said he is a leader…and aLso Jean as someone who is spiritual when you pray for someone is it about you or Kuti mbiri yamwari iwoneke …you can’t really credit yourself and brag kuti I prayed for you day and night therefore you owe me ..really…????

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  11. But for christ s sake where is he now.¿evan.u if yu nid to stand for tbe people u hv to b available .can he cme bk pliz n finish what he hav started .

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  12. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I don’t agree with you ,but please don’t call us blind followers because we don’t share the same thoughts with you. I have many things that I can say to defend Pastor Evan but I don’t think it Will change your mind about him, the day you will have 2 daughters whose lives depends entirely on you maybe you will understand my sister. Maybe your feeling of betrayal stems from the fact that u were once betrayed by another pastor b4 , you are now reflecting that on Pastor Evan. To call a man a traitor because he wants to take care of his family . Maybe along the way he got afraid , he went as far as his courage could take him. I just hope you are not writing this inorder to get more traffic on your blog

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  13. Kkkkkk how sorry you feel for yourself hey. When someone considers praying from the comfort and safety of their home and watching videos being “heavily involved” in a movement. Zimbos really do have double standards when it comes to the achievement of their freedom. For themselves, prayers and quiet support are enough. Others however need to see the inside of prison cells and court rooms and get badly beaten by police. Otherwise they are considered traitors. This mindset is deeply unhelpful. Do your part. If you can’t be a leader then make sure you are part of each and every demonstration as a follower. And talk to those around you about the movement.

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  14. he served his purpose which was to bring Zimbabweans out of their fear status and he gave them a common item ”the flag” to unit them and now his time is over…..

    the movement does not need him anymore it should be big and strong enough to keep going forward without him or are you saying that Zimbabweans all have the Cinderella syndrome and need some dude to come and lead them by the nose to safety……

    dont understand this hero worship business that people have placed on him……..to me each Zimbabwean that keeps the fight for freedom alive no matter how small their contribution is is a hero ……he was used for a reason now he is gone and he is keeping the struggle alive and current internationally so life goes on and hopefully forward…..

    Stern Zvorwadza has dedicated his life to the struggle …Linda Masarira who is part of Sterns group is sitting in prison and they keep refusing her bail while her 5 kids are suffering …..we need to fight for her release and keep her name current so that she is not just left there…….

    i am not betrayed by any pastor because he isnt the focus of the struggle he is a tool nothing more nothing less….

    please we as Zimbabweans world wide need to unite under the flag and fight for the people like Linda and Stern and Promise Mkwananzi etc

    blessings to all and keep safe…thank you

    oh yeah you can all join us on a Thursday night on zimnet radio in mens corner and call in on skype …….its a political and current affairs program….

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  15. My question to you Jean, if Pastor had stayed in Zimbabwe then mysteriously disappeared or died would the movement have carried on? I rest my case.

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    1. Thank you Jean for your open letter to pastor Evan. I can’t purport to respond for him but allow me to comment as is expected of everyone else. I may not agree with everything you said but I will fight to the death defending your right to say it. I must say, firstly that its my opinion that you Jean, taking from your letter , have a better level of understanding generally than most of us n this movement. As such, I submit that try to use your understanding to help and strengthen the weak among us. May I also hasten to say am not out to criticize or dis you in any way but to critique as constructively as i can.

      To start with, and judging from what pastor Evan would sometimes say, he wasn’t expecting the movement to grow so big in such a short space of time. During his interview at SABC he was honest to say he didn’t know what’s the way forward and i give him credit for that. To this effect i believe that pastor Evan was and still accessible. Citizen are allowed and expected to suggest ideas to pastor in order to foster the movement. It is therefore in your right sister Jean to engage the pastor on what you think could be the way forward. Zimbabweans we are in a battle, not a battle of guns but of ideas, a battle of information in order that we build our nation economically, politically and otherwise. True, one can say that he should have thought through everything before beginning anything. Maybe that’s a fair argument but battles of today are quite asymmetric and ad hoc, they require thinking on your feet and seizing the moment. Such times require people like you Jean to advise and not to criticize publicly and further weaken the faint-hearted as it were. There are those who feel that this movement should have culminated into a political party with structures and all. Well, that wasn’t the pastor’s original idea but anyone is free to engage with him and persuade him to the contrary using superior logic. But if one cant make his see a better motivation in forming a political party then one can’t change his stance. I almost said then let that one form his own party. Personally I feel such a movement is much stronger than any party because it transcends party politics and strengthens existing political parties including ZANU PF. The mentality of everybody is affected progressively, remember ZANU PF members are also citizens.

      With regards your take on his assertion that he is not a politician but simply a citizen. Let me say, yes its possible to have a movement that is apolitical and yet challenges the politics of the day among many things. Prophets in the scriptures were not politicians but challenged kings over their misrule. You don’t necessarily have to be called to serve as a politician to recognize and call for correction of the wrong a government may be doing. So, ya, it is his right to remain apolitical or to change that position if he decides otherwise. I concur with those that say the biggest thing this #thisflag movement achieved so far is giving the people of Zimbabwe a fearless attitude. Fear is a snare. Now many people can raise their voices and some ain’t even afraid of death anymore. They have seen the bigger picture and are persuaded by the promise of generations to come.

      Coming to his alleged dumping of the movement, well maybe he did or maybe he didn’t. The only sure way to find out is to engage with his. In the worst case scenario that he did, we are grateful for the part he played and it takes people like you and me to build upon the foundations he laid. But, if he genuinely is regrouping his ideas then he needs you and me to help. Supposed he was afraid for his life, which is also a most likely contributing factor for his leave, its still okay. We shouldn’t expect him to feel and act the way we think. Remember, Joseph the father of Jesus the Saviour of the world; him and his family had to flee to Egypt on God’s instruction and were there until God told them it was time to go back because those who sought the boy’s life were dead. If we were to think as many do then the question would be why would God the Almighty not protect them where they were in Canaan? I trust you know the story. Whats key is to do what God is saying. Well am not purporting that God spoke to him but He might have done so, in His own way. Therefore, we should not judge without the facts.

      In closing, I think this is our hour in God’s calendar as Zimbabweans, lets seize the moment and say no to corruption, no injustices, no to reign of terror, no to abductions, no to violence, no to poverty and unemployment. Lets stand up for generations to come and deliver to them a better Zimbabwe. Lets not fight each other but against the rotten system.

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  16. Ask yourselves… This question???
    WHAT HAVE YOU DONE YOURSELVES TO CHANGE WHAT IS GOING ON IN ZIMBABWE? Besides being critical muchigara ku diaspora.

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    1. She prayed for Zimbabwe and pastor. She did what she can do, and what she will probably continue doing. If pastor knew that he couldn’t carry on, he could have sticked to spreading the gospel…something that he is would have not given up on!

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    2. Nothing we have done nothing but don’t start a MOVEMENT YOU CANT FINISH, Im sick of you lot saying what have you done, with everything one person starts that the order of life everything begins with one person then the rest follow that’s how it goes even in friendship, when the leader goes its more than likely that the friendship/business partnership dies unless another LEADER is appointed, So our question is if EVANS can not handle the heat of whats hes started he should appoint someone else or CALL IT A DAY PERIOD!!!

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  17. I really don’t understand any criricisms or negative comments towards Pastor E, so it’s not enough that he started this movement and encouraged Zimbos to overcome their fears, now he must also sacrifice himself and be crucified and die for you and the country. Let’s be realistic here he is only one man, he has done much more than anyone else to encourage freedom of speech and the extermination of fear in Zimbabwe, what more do you want?
    Even when David slayed Goliath it was still up to the rest of the army to continue the battle against the enemy. But you are saying it wasn’t enough for Evan to slay fear and give everyone courage and a voice you now want him to proceed to fight the whole army and sacrifice his life as well? Let’s be fair here and praise the man for what he has done already which is much more than most.. The stage and phase he has arrived at now of creating international awareness of zim woes and grievances using various media platforms is better tackled from outside Zimbabwe anyway. How would he have conducted interviews with all the numerous international broadcasting stations and media forums from Zimbabwe? Now they are planning to close/censor social media.. then diasporans will take the batton and continue to run the race- we are on the same team as citizens, lets not oppose each other or fight against each other. Please withdraw your letter and rethink about your accusations and negative comments Let’s commend the man, he deserves the praise and recognition for his unmatched courage and bravery.. When you in your activism get to the stage where the president of the country is threatening you by name in conferences and thousands of political youth league activists are paid to fight and demonstrate against you, then by all means please also leave the country. We will not judge you or hold it against you cause it will mean you are now a real threat to the goverment and your life and family will undoubtedly be in danger..until you get to that stage please do not criticise those that are trying and still fighting for the country…

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  18. Please stop wasting our time with long unproductive open letters to Evan. Can you please write 100 pages of open letters to the man who is causing all this heartache to the children of Zimbabwe. If you haven’t written an open letter to Bob then you are ZANU PF!!
    Please use your time to help find a solution for Zimbabwe not criticizing what someone else has done or is trying to do.

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    1. If you haven’t written a letter to Mugabe you are ZANU? I thought this flag was about not having fear to express your feelings! She is free to express her feelings, that is democracy and her feelings don’t have to be the same as yours. That is what makes the world go round.

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  19. Let the foolish curse themselves through their emortions and opinions. Nxa why dont people play their part in liberating our country than attacking a man who has opened a platform for all of us. He did his part do yours and stop following Him but God who we aĺl need to turn to and repent from following people and movements but God for His guidance and also repent from our fore fathers our government and our sins which have contributed to destroy our country. If Pastor has betrayed you using God then let God Himself deal with him… attacking him makes you even worse than Him…. dont loose the plot and focus on Evan…. the enemy is not him and we all know that lets focus on God more than Evan because we could be cursing ourselves refusing to see what God could be doing……. keep the faith.

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    1. She prayed for Pastor and Zimbabwe , what stops u to go and demonstrate with others. Writting nonsense . Pastor Evan did a great job for us Citizens, he opened the eyes of every now people are free to tell Bob to go . People are free to sing along the streets saying we are tired we dont want Bob anymore. Pastor Evan Mawarire is not a politician.

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  20. When you pray for someone you dont boast around about it… if you didnt God would have no problems raising a stone to do so….

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  21. Dear Jean, it’s sad that you feel Evan is responsible for emancipating Zimbabwe. As far as I am aware, #thisflag was not started to change the government but to seek accountability. Your emotions are the ones that made you think and expect him to be Zimbabwe’s savior. All he did was motivate people to seek accountability from government, and every citizen has that responsibility. You are welcome to leave the comfort of your current location and come to Zimbabwe and challenge the government tionewo pamunosvika.

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  22. For goodness sake leave pastor EvanMawarire alone. You want him to be in Zimbabwe fighting for you and your family while you are enjoying your life and kids. Let him like everyone else put his family first not fight for you dimbo.

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  23. its a shame that some of thought the pastor was goin to take to the promised land. you had found someone to hide behind his bravery and that is the one reason why zimbabweans will remain in bondage.no is willing to standup for their own cuase or beliefs. you want another person to be your superman and die for you. for as long as this mentality persists and exists, zimbabwe will remain bob’s.Evan owes no one an apology, he did what he could to voice his anger. Evan then had to do all he could to be safe for his own family and not your family. look carefully in your own home and see that you farther mother, inlaws, husband, wife and children are all sitted and not fearing that a CIO operative will bulldoze into your home. Yet you scream at evan for betraying his hatichatya movement, start your and sacrifce your life but dont ask Rvan to do it for you. If you have things that of concern about this government stand up for yourself and stop looking for super heroes. Evan realised that he is fighting for people like you who woulld prefer to pray in their own homes and not be on the ground to fight with him, he called for stay aways and you sat in your homes, who then can he trust to be with him to fight your wars.stand up for yourself. Evan got tired of praying and realised prayer without action is insufficient and hence raised his concerns. Dont raise your concerns with pastor evan for his conduct, he is entitled to it when he sees it is in danger. Vana Jean, You expected the pastor to be the lamb of sacrifice for us docile zimbabweans and for those speaking from the comfort of diaspora, cut him some slek, the pastor has two children that need a father around. if you are betrayed start your movement and we will pray for you.

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  24. He never insulted Zimbabweans because we are not his haters. The voice said, so what are you going to say to your haters? His haters are the ones saying he should come back because they fear the international community will react to the voices of #ThisFlag. I think you are wrong lady. You missed the point. listen to the video again.

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  25. Jean nyarara..jus pray fo zim with ur foreigner hubby, u r too emotional, u r still a babe..grow up bfo u get urself into thz things..we thank God fo Pastor Evan.

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  26. Pastor took the best decision for his family and his personal well-being….unfortunately not the best for the movement..the narrative of the struggle would have been a lot sweeter had he stuck to the trenches

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  27. i soo identify with you Jean..and please dear other friends and Pastor can you answer the questions raises by Fadzie..
    I say Pastor took the best decision for his family and his personal well-being….unfortunately not the best for the movement..the narrative of the struggle would have been a lot sweeter had he stuck to the trenches

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  28. i soo identify with you Jean..and please dear other friends and Pastor can you answer the questions raised by Fadzie..
    I say. Pastor took the best decision for his family and his personal well-being….unfortunately not the best for the movement..the narrative of the struggle would have been a lot sweeter had he stuck to the trenches

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  29. When you pray for someone, you do not coin the answer. You wait for God’s answer. Evan Mawarire is just a man and if he has to go to America for his safety, maybe thats the answer to your prayer. We prayed for you and you betrayed us by marrying a non Zimbabwean. How does that statement feel Jean?

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  30. Very childish thinking from mwanasikana. Why don’t you dwell on the positives that emanated from the #thisflag movement. That citizens have every right to ask their leader’s to accoint for their actions or inactions. How many more protests has Zimbabwe had since the Pastor’s. He played his part.
    He dd well to leave the country. Who doesn’t know what could have happened to him had he stayed. What are you angry about. Some zimbos never cease to amaze.

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  31. But y do we always want to c the negative said of things in life. Do you know tht they are people who when invited to a wedding what they c are negatives only Hee cake ranga rakashata, tie yemuchati yanga iri paside & masteps acho ndeekudhara but @ the same wedding the food was excellent & all the other things went well Forgetting tht the main reason waz for them to witness the two love birds being joined together in holy matrimony But they chose to talk abt the negatives only So sister Jean instead of criticising the pastor focus more on positives and the way foward The pastor fought a very big & tough battle for us He deserves respect. Imi sister munototya kusiya door risina kukiiwa nekutya kubirwa hembe dzamunogona kutenga dzimwe kana dzabiwa Ko kuzoti mukanzi ndimi murikuvingwa chii chinoitika Rambai muchinamata mwari vacha kuzarurirai zvakavanzika mushoko ravo I think from there you will not judge the pastor The struggle continues #This flag

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  32. Hmm this is total madness shuwa, l don’t understand you Jean, you expected Pastor E to die for you while you are enjoying your life with your family? You are a Diaspora yourself, allow Pastor to have freedom, mina l wouldn’t have done what he did for the country, he was brave enough to show Zimbos that it is possible to fight our government as long as we are united. please don’t talk for some of us, you talk like a ????? member, please don’t insult mnxi!!!!

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  33. You write extremely well, which is why I and many others I’m sure, managed to read a significant part of your article at the very least. Your feelings of betrayal seem to come from a sincere place and I’m sure many who chose to follow a man and not a movement can relate. I am by no means defending the pastor , I don’t know his intentions ( I joked that maybe all this time his intentions where to get asylum in the US); the This flag movement he pioneered however its intentions were crystal clear.

    You may be absolutely right about the pastor, hell maybe he’ll even respond and say well i am the leader and i abandoned ship and then? He accepts all hes been accused of and then? The problem with this narrative, is it casts blame, offers no solution at best, but at the very worst disheartens those that had begun to question the norms that have been detrimental to them for so long. I cant help but question the intentions of this article? Okay so lets say I made i to the end of this article or at least halfway what should i take?

    Spending time crafting well written blame to one man neither returns the lost 15 doesn’t feed the starving masses or fix the corruption issues. At least this flag movement whatever its purpose may have been attempted to solve those issues or at least raise awareness. Yes raise awareness, all those interviews and followers and such , raised awareness. Which did what you may ask? Well lets start with the this resulted in a petition to to IMF, consequently denying financial aid to Zim. Who cares why is this important? Because like the tax money we don’t ever see, we would not have seen a dime of that cash at work at the very worst the military would have been handsomely compensated to re instill fear -remember 2008?

    Sigh whats funny is maybe this post was all for fame, you know how many followers he has therefore you know how much attention this post will get. Hell, maybe some news platform will pick this up and soon you too will up on podiums speaking of the great betrayal of a pastor to, maybe the government may drop you a farm or two to show gratitude. I apologize if my cynicism offends you. At the very least I hope the blog traffic from this post is worth its potential damage.

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  34. If Jean had prayed for pastor maw aware to be freed why angry with his safety moves now . Did you truly pray or you just want us sympathise you you . I doubt your Christianity that you claim. How can you be interested in the man’s death than his life . He said clearly we are doing this movement in the confines of the law that’s why he was not afraid but the police crafted charges for him outside the law and you want him to stick around to be hanged on those charges . Mine mono wakashata sisi.

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  35. This crooked pastor Evan knew what he wanted to do well. Many other people have gone through the same routine in the past – just pretend to be vocally against the Zanu-Pf government and the next moment you are a hero in the eyes of Western governments.
    The next thing you are being offered asylum because “my family and my personal security is in great danger”. Now fools who always blindly follow have been left badly hurt. It is your own fault Jean – you placed your faith in a man whose agenda you did not mind to scrutinise first.
    You have learnt your lessons, next time you will be aware that follow follow is not good. I never took this so-called pastor seriously because he did not strike me as someone who had the staying power to push through what he started.
    It is just like Itai Dzamara, (can whoever abducted him please return him to his family). Itai would go sit in the Africa Unity Square with his few friends for the whole day eating maputi hoping that this action would result in the fall of a whole government. This was as good a joke as this silly pastor’s.

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  36. My fellow countrymen,i hope u are all well.Pastor Mawarire is with us wherever he is.During the days of the liberation struggle, leaders of different political, religious and civic organisations also sought Asylum and refuge in foreign countries but they kept fighting while there.I think its best for us to pray that these movements which gave birth in our country mobilise the masses and seek ground somewhere outside to train the military to fight Mugabe regime coz he clearly stated that he will not be removed by protests.Elections either, will not remove Mugabe but only the barrel of the gun from which their power rests upon.

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  37. is she not the one who used to blame her pastor for abuse bla bla bla now blaming another pastor everybody is wrong except you

    what if he went to the USA to leave his family and come back to continue without a weak-link that zanu can use to put him inn a corner ?.

    you say you where a follower of this flag and you live the UK that means most likely you understand good English. #thisflag movement is about getting and rallying people so that they can go to their MPs ,MINISTERS councilors, senators, chiefs ,even the so called sabhukus and asks them questions what they are doing about corruption, poverty, and general deprivation of the country. which means ordinary citizens where suppose to take an initiative and ask the gvt but no they want him to do everything while they cheer

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  38. Jean i think you are expecting too much from Pastor. When you say u feel used what do you mean. did he force you to join the movement. are you suggesting that he should have stayed in Zim at the expense of his family. if anything had happened to him were you going to take care of his family. he gave us courage to stand up and be heard. you can do it yourself. why do you want his to keep risking his life for you. besides the movement is still on all you have to do is just believe. and this assylum has it been confirmed coz i heard him say he is still thinking of what to do with his life. #thisflag is not a political party but a movement. if you prayed for him keep doing so.

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  39. Jean Gasho the modern Jezebel, always trying to bring down Pastors. You failed to bring down the Bishop and now you are onto Pastor E, iwe chii chawakaita for Zimbabwe? Kutsvagwa kunyengwa pachigayo. We know your ways, the devil in you shall not stand, We are praying for protection on our Pastors from people like you, we are indeed standing in the gap and you will not win this one once again.

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  40. “The president of Zimbabwe and every Zimbabwean on the planet knows who you are”
    That statement in your aticle clear tells me your a ZANU person,who in their right mind still adresses Mugabe as presedent unless its Jonathan moyo or one of the CIO brigades…we know you Zanu people and your stupid tactics.leave Pastor E alone.#TajamukaHatichatyi Period

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  41. Linda I admire u so very much for ur eloquence and genius when it comes to the command of the English language. However I am sorry to say u are among the many misguided and completely confused Zimbabweans who are by now too used to being led and having someone else think and make decisions on their behalf so much that u want to force Pastor Evan to form a political party so u can vote for him. Evans message is very clear,” inspiring citizens to be bold”. It means everyone of us coming up with a non violent campaign idea which can cause the government to listen to us. It doesn’t mean Evan is ur saviour u are ur saviour. If all of us can stand and be bold like Evan,like Linda prisons won’t be big enough to hold us even courts won’t be able to try us. That is Evans message, respond like Linda. Stop persecuting Evan. Itai Dzamara was bold and where is he? U want Evan to die alone? Linda is rotting in jail alone right now, instead of sending her toiletries and eats go and join her. That’s the definition of a true Revolution. It’s time to think for ourselves, having leaders think for us is what got us into this very mess in the first place!!

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  42. Now that you all have vented your anger, support òr frustration towards Pastor Evan. …what’s the way forward for Zim? Can we spend more time ramping the pressure to the ruling buffoons. I personally think…change is finally coming to Zimbabwe ….as to when….I do not have the slightest idea.

    Thanks to Pastor E for being that ignition key that needed to start that engine….when key has done it’s work it returns to its home position…..but it’s not the same as mission…accomplished. …rather a mission just begun. …HATICHADA. …HATICHATYA.

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  43. You betrayed yourself. Why do we only hear from you when you attack Pastor Evan. Raise your voice and condemn the injustices not focussing your energy on writing stupid letters. No wonder why you have a foreign husband. Unoda zvinhu

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  44. Stop waisting your time jean no one is listening to your false story .Evan He is a hero iwe wakaitei chinozivikanwa ne world .siyai munhu uyu akarwa hondo yamaitadza kusimudza.chii chaunoziva iwe .shanje dzakubaya mind your on business.warwadziwa ne America .get a life u looser.write a letter to mugabe toziva kuti urimunhu .

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  45. Mind your own business washaya zvinwe zvirinani here.nyorera va mugabe tsamba kwete kuti nyaudza pano.Usapedzere vanhu nguva yekuverenga rubbish.munhu wese ainamatira Evans iwe ndiwe wakazonamata zvinengei.Hatidi vanhu vanoitira munhu chinhu vozogunun’una dont do it kana uchizopopota.siyana nemunhu uyu mwari ndivo vega vanoziva .iwe urichii

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  46. True Christians have to be guided by Christian principles and do things that are consistent with the Scriptures. All devout and radically word-based believers should conduct themselves according to Christian fundamentals not secular rudiments. I think some so-called pastors do not have people at heart but they just want their names to be familiar with Western donors to fatten their wallets. The bible says “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he that rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves”(Romans 13:2-3).This is the word that should be admonished to all people of Zimbabwe, especially Christians, for our country to be blessed. We are going through trying times as a country and Christians must be careful to remain loyal to the word of God, we should not be gullible and volatile but we should cry to God for our beloved nation knowing that protests and shutdowns are not for Christians. In Timothy 2: 1-3, Paul says” I urge, then, first of all that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be done for everyone– for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior ….” The world gives a clear instruction on how to respond to the problems we are facing as a country. Christians have to be peaceful and desist from all forms of violence. We should focus on things that build our country not to be in the forefront of instigating upheavals. I do not see anything constructive in protests and shutdowns; they will only destroy the little that is in the country now. If people do not go to work it will have negative effects on the economy and subsequently worsen the situation. If we want resolutions to our woes we need to be discreet in all our endeavuors.We do not have to follow people who are leading us astray because they are calling themselves pastors but we have to follow the Christian ordinances and precepts. As Christians we have a set of rules that we should not just read or talk about but come to the practical aspect of it. If we want surmount all these encumbrances we need stick to the biblical way of doing things, since we believe in the infallibility of the word of God. It is a time to approach God in humility and docility for His much needed intervention. The Bible says “If my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14) and Philippians 4:6 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” God has all the answers we need and He is able to extricate us from this quagmire we are languishing in if we approach Him according to His word. God loves all His people and has a plan for us all.

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