Sikhumbuzo Dube, from Zimbabwe
A writer, pastor, healthcare chaplain, a Director of the West Zimbabwe Conference Stewardship Ministries with an interest in psychotherapy, touching lives, and in ministry to the Childless Not By Choice
Shunem Care – is a ministry to the involuntarily childless born out of personal pain. Having seen sis wife go through a series of surgeries in a bid to have their own baby, wiping her tears as she battled with the anguish that comes with miscarriage, being stigmatized, bad mouthed and the pressure of losing the parental role moved Sikhumbuzo to pick the wound in his own marriage to be the source of providing the much needed care to those of what he calls “his childless tribe”.
At Shunem Care men and women come together from different faiths. People who share their experiences of being childless. They get inspiration from that happened in Shunem – a small town where a childless couple who cared for Elisha lived, this can be found in (2 Kings 4:8-37). Though in pain, they are hopeful that what the couple in Shunem got they too will also get. The belief of Shunem Care is that, “While we are childless, we are not fruitless, we are complete human beings. We believe that childlessness is not incapacitation. Their mantra is caring for each other.”
“The more we have these conversations, the more these conversations can be had.” ~ Alison Jaye
4 comments on “Sikhumbuzo Dube, The Journey of Infertility Through a Man’s Eyes”
You are such a good man, husband and minister. Thank you for sharing!
This was such an encouraging conversation to listen to. A black African man sharing about their feelings on childness, is literally unheard of. How you care for your wife really warmed my heart. Ade
Your courage and strength to speak about this is so remarkable.