Thursday, February 23, 2017

Update on Inhambane!

Before leaving Mozambique at the end of last year, I asked Carlos Njango, from the Palavra Viva church in the Maputo province, if he would be able to finish the last discipleship Bible studies for those in Inhambane who wanted to be baptized. 

Carlos, above in green, doing a wonderful job teaching the church group in Cala, Inhambane!


My dear Brazilian colleagues, Paulo and Fernanda, here with Pr. Daniel, committed to checking on my house in Quissico while visiting the church groups in Inhambane for the Bible studies about once a month. 

For those who completed the first part of the discipleship Bible study and wanted to be baptized, Carlos and Paulo baptized them. Praise the Lord!  


The group that was baptized in Inhambane.

While the baptisms were going on, Fernanda was baking many layers of cakes for the first ever wedding for the church in Inhambane! 


While I was there, a couple had been preparing for marriage. Carlos and his wife Tina became the counselors for this couple. On the wedding day, Carlos and Tina can been seen here standing on each side of the couple receiving gifts from the church group, (which is a somber and important occasion in Mozambique). What a blessing!



Praise to the "Nothing-He-cannot-do-One"!
D. Hillis



Saturday, January 14, 2017

Health, Sisters & Brothers

Thank you for praying. My medical test results uncovered a problem, that among other things, results in migraines, but I praise God that it is treatable. 

It is my hope that this is what is causing my chronic migraines and that if I am able to resolve the problem, that the migraines will also cease. 

However, this means that I will need to stay in the US for another several months. This is unexpected and it is difficult for me to be away from Mozambique. 

But I am reminded that this is true for all of us in whatever season we're in, 

"The day is His, and the night also is His." 
Psalm 74:16 



While I'm missing my sisters and brothers in Mozambique, it's been very good to see my sister and brother here! 

Sisters 


My sister's husband and sweet children 
(in their giant Mozambique shirts) 


With my brother and his wonderful family.


~

I appreciate prayer as I go forward with this medical treatment here in the US, that it would go according to God's will, and that I would be able to return to Mozambique in God's time. 

Thank you!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas Offering

God blessed OMS in Mozambique with a 10-acre plot of land in Maputo six years ago. On the plot there are 9 housing units for missionaries who serve in various ministries. 

I lived on this property for several years while I was in Maputo and my dear colleagues surprised me with a party to say goodbye when I moved away to Inhambane. 

Here were my OMS colleagues (silly style) at the end of last year when my mom was visiting. 

This plot of land is also is home to Christian Academy in Mozambique, a k-12 school for missionary children, where I taught when it was in the city for the first 2 years I was in Mozambique. The school now has space for more classrooms, drama productions, and playing fields.   


The property is also used for a wonderful community sports outreach to local children, called Chosen Generation.


However, in that past several months there have been a series of serious and large scale thefts from the property which has shown the need for a secure concrete boundary wall. 

If you would like to partner with OMS Mozambique this Christmas to make a special offering toward this need, you can go to www.onemissionsociety.org and give toward project #403350 (Mozambique Missionary Housing Project). Thank you!


Christmas Greeting from OMS
(click link above!)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thankful


I'm thankful for all the prayer as I've been in the US seeing  doctors, getting tests done, and trying out medications. I'm very thankful for one doctor in particular who is working with me to try and discover the root cause of my headaches/migraines.  I would appreciate continued prayer for this. 



I celebrated a special Thanksgiving at home this year with my mom, my aunt, and my brother and his lovely family. We took polaroid photos; now a novelty to my 3 nephews ;) I'm thankful for my family. 


I'm thankful to be able to come away and rest a little here in this part of God's beautiful creation. 


And I'm thankful for my mom's stressed out cat, Clive Staples Lewis, who reminds me to not be anxious but to trust in the One who made me.


"It is not you that shapes God; it is God that shapes you. If you are the work of God, await the hand of the artist who does all things in due season. Offer him your heart, soft and tractable, and keep the form in which the artist has fashioned you. Let your clay be moist, lest you grow hard and lose the imprint of his fingers."
– Irenaeus (130-202 AD)  

Monday, October 3, 2016

Health


I have been having frequent headaches and migraines for quite some time and have decided to travel to the US to consult with some doctors. 

I appreciate prayer.

~ Thank you ~

"Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you." 

Isaiah 46: 4

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Progress, Village Birthday, and Partnership



After 5 years of working with the local government, I praise God for the official "certidao" that has been issued for the house land!


I appreciate prayer for the ongoing process of legalization for the house and church/training center land.



The village of Quissico, which overlooks the beautiful lakes that border the Indian Ocean, just celebrated its 44th Birthday.


The military band paraded through the village center.


And the local police marched behind the band.



The local chiefs and leaders came out for the big day.



I invited Carlos, Tina and baby Josue from Maputo to be here (and partake in one of the local specialties - grilled pork :)


The next day Carlos shared an encouraging message with the local church in Cala.


After the service, we gathered together with the church group from Nyamajeho to learn from God's Word in our discipleship Bible study.


What a blessing to partner with my dear brothers and sisters from the province of Maputo as they step out of their comfort zone to visit and serve here.


I praise God for all that He is doing in Inhambane!