Sunday, May 26, 2019

A 7 Month Reminder

I just saw a picture of myself that was taken last year on November 8, which was my birthday. 

It made me think of how very quickly situations can change and how very little we know of our future.


The next day, November 9,  my mom's kitchen and dining room was flooded, due to a leak in the structure of the house. 

It was also the day that the Woolsey fire reached Malibu. We turned off the water and evacuated the house. 


During the evacuation, we stayed with friends and family for the rest of November, and then as we dealt with insurance, demolition, and reconstruction, my dad provided a place for us to stay for these last 6 months. 

We are now moving back into the house, and we are so thankful for God's help and loving care during this whole time. 


As I continue to trust in God, I've been encouraged by this 7 month reminder that we know very little, and our situations can change very quickly. But God knows everything, and He is with us!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Cyclone Idai - Beira Update

My colleagues, Melvin, Michelle, Andre, and Jeff traveled to Beira, the Mozambican city hit directly by cyclone Idai.


 Melvin writes, "we have seen widespread devastation but we were greatly touched by the resilience of the people. The faith and steadfastness of church leaders and missionaries is exemplary." 


They connected and helped missionaries, a Bible school, several church groups, preschools and a community Christian school.

Melvin asks prayer for, "good health and wisdom as they seek to minister to people on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels. Also pray for emergency relief and aid organisations serving in the region. Pray also for all evangelistic efforts in refugee camps and in the communities around the churches."


pastor Nhazeze and mama Fatima

Michelle asks prayer, "for Pastor Nhazeze in his role as provincial pastor for the Nova Alian├ža churches:15 churches in the area were completely destroyed. Pray for wisdom for him as he hears of the needs of many church members."


Please pray also for Northern Mozambique which has just been hit by cyclone Kenneth.



Monday, March 25, 2019

How to Help



From my colleagues in Mozambique:

Cylone Idai hit Beira during the night of 14th to 15th March bringing widespread devastation to the city and wider region.  Reports indicate that about 90% of the buildings and infrastructure has been adversely affected in Beira, the second largest city in Mozambique.  While the cyclone ravaged all in its path and left most of the region under water, the sheer amounts of rainfall further inland as far as Zimbabwe has compounded the situation.  This natural disaster has led to a huge humanitarian crisis with a raising death toll by the day.

We appeal for prayer for the estimated 1.7 million Mozambicans that have been directly affected.  Pray also for those also affected in Zimbabwe and Malawi. 

One Mission ministries and missionaries are based further south in Maputo (1000km) and have not been affected by the cyclone.  In terms of those directly related to us, members of a church in Mopeia, Zambezia province lost their homes, belongings and crops.  We are preparing to respond in solidarity with those affected.  We intend to join forces with mission partners in the region to offer relief and support for the rebuilding of peoples lives in the worst affected areas.  All donations to OMS Mozambique Disaster Relief # 402600 are greatly appreciated. Pray that doors would open for the gospel to be shared in Word and deed by Christians locally and globally. Colossians 4 v 3.

One Mission
Mozambique

If you would like to help, you can use this link:


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Thank you!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Cyclone Idai

Please pray for all those in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique who were affected by Cyclone Idai.


Please pray for the rescue efforts, and for the love and comfort of Jesus for all those who lost loved ones. 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Harvest

My mom's banana tree here reminds me of the harvest around us.


After everyone had a banana at one of our conferences in Mozambique, this picture was taken of Abel, who has a great sense of humor! My co-workers and I have had the privilege of walking with, encouraging, teaching, and investing in him.


I praise God that Abel, in the middle, continues to follow Christ and he works with the young people in his local church. 


"...Jesus said to His disciples, "the harvest is great but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest."
Luke 10:2


I've gotten to know many Mozambican students over the years. In Quissico, where my house is, there are 3 large schools and plans for 2 more schools to be built.


I've only done a little informal English teaching, but when I've asked many students about their hopes and dreams, one of the things I've heard the most is that they want to learn English to be better equipped for a variety of jobs.

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Would you join with me in asking God to send out workers to His harvest in Mozambique, including people called by God to help and serve in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) with students in Quissico? 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Exceeding and Eternal

I thank God for faith to trust He is at work for what is exceeding and eternal. 


I'm encouraged by the life of Helen Roseveare, in her afflictions and in her faith, who heard God's loving question - 

"Can you thank Me for trusting you with this, even if I never tell you why?"

 ~ Helen Roseveare

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Encouragement for the New Year

I was reading my Bible and I asked God for a verse for this new year. 

Psalm 30:5  


Whatever your circumstances, I hope this is an encouragement to you too.