Saturday, September 15, 2018

Past and Present Blessings

In 2015, Anabela, from the church in Kongoloti, had a baby and named her Aimee. 

Aimee - 2015

Aimee - 2016

Aimee - 2017

Aimee - 2018
What a joy to see little Aimee, with her mom and grandma, this last week!  

In 2015, Tina and Carlos gave me the gift of naming their new baby - Josue Nydango.

Josue -2016

Josue - 2018
What a special visit with my beloved Nydango family this last week!

In 2006, I spent a summer learning about culture and language through cooking and conversation with Candida, and her son Paulito.
At the end of that summer, 11 year-old Paulito, made me a special hook rug from a rice sack inscribed with Philippians 4:13 in Portuguese (below).

"Posso todas as coisas naquele que me fortalece."
(I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.)

This last week, I shared a word of encouragement with the Palavra Viva church in the area of T-3. 

After the service, a young man approached me and asked if I remembered was Paulito!
Paulito (now 23 and looking very serious here) is a part of this church, and he serves on the worship team playing the keyboard. To see him after 12 years, and hear that he's walking with God, made me smile.

The Snowden family (here with Luana and me), who visited us in California last year, is now in Mozambique!

This family would appreciate prayer as they work on language and culture learning here. 

Together, we attended the wedding reception of Plionasmo.

Mats are put down to honor the newly married couple as they enter the tent. 

It's customary to sing a song when giving a gift. Here we are singing and presenting our gifts!

Thank you for praying for me during this time in Mozambique! 

God allowed me to renew my visa, as well as visit, encourage and pray with many people from my Mozambican and missionary family. 


I so appreciate your continued prayer for my health and my return to Mozambique in God's time.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Quissico, Cala, Nyamajeho

So thankful to visit my house in Inhambane.

I traveled from Maputo with my colleagues, Paulo and Fernanda.

Fernanda helped so much in the house cleaning, preparing meals, and helping me to process through everything.  

Besides killing countless cockroaches, Paulo fixed many things, and he spent special time with Jaime, who has been watching over the house. 

The front garden, where Jaime has planted tomatoes, pumpkin leaves, cabbage, and lettuce. 

In Quissico, it was special to visit with many of my dear neighbors, like grandma Lila, to hear how they're doing and let them know how I'm doing. 

It was good to pray for each of my neighbors. 

With Cidalia and her precious family. 

While Fernanda made tasty Brazilian beans and rice, Cidalia pounded out peanuts and I shaved coconuts for the sauce for the wild chicken we'd been given by another neighbor.

Using my coconut shaving muscles again!

Jaime picked some lettuce from the house garden for our salad. 

We drove to Cala to visit the women from the church.

I prayed for them and shared about God's faithfulness and the great works He wants to do in and around us in the midst of our suffering. 

We also went to visit the women in Nyamajeho.

One of the women,whom Ermelinda and I had be discipling and who was baptized in 2016, passed away this year. We sang and prayed, and I encouraged and reminded them about the hope of eternity that God offers us in Jesus.  

Since I spoke only in Portuguese, they teased me about how many words in the Txitxopi language I had forgotten.

On our way back from Cala to Quissico, we spotted a hippo in the lake. It was fun to see...from the safety of the car...but of course the hippos cause a lot of problems for the people here because they eat and trample the crops from the family fields during the night.

It's a bit far, but right at the beginning of this video, you can hear the hippo opening his big mouth.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Visiting Mozambique!!

Thank you for praying! 

I'm visiting Mozambique for 3 weeks, and I'm so grateful that God has allowed me to renew my residential visa here again!

This will help so much when I am fully well and ready to return to Mozambique.

What a blessing to see my missionary family!

I almost gave Jesuita (in the middle) a heart attack, because she didn't know I'd be in Mozambique right now!

I knew her when she was a high school student in Inhambane, and she's now an elementary school teacher in Maputo. 

She said she was returning from work with her friend and she couldn't believe her eyes when she saw me! What a nice shock :)

Lord willing, this next week I hope to visit my house in Inhambane. 

I really appreciate prayer for my head pain, and that I would be an encouragement and blessing here for God's glory. 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Through the Waters

"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine! 

When you pass through the waters I will be with you...for I am the Lord your God." 

Isaiah 43:1,2,3

Saturday, June 30, 2018

It Is Good

"It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes. The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of coins of gold and silver." 
Psalm 119:71-72

It is good to be afflicted to learn more compassion, grace, and wisdom. 

It is good to learn more about what to say and what not to say.

It is good to grow in faith and trust in the all-powerful, mysterious, and good Most High God.

It is good not to 'know everything.' 

It is good to know that God does not work by formula, and that He cannot be put into any kind of box by any kind of person.  

It is good to learn to listen, to sympathize, to pray more and to speak less.

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." 
Romans 8:28 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

God is Faithful

I really appreciate all those who have been praying for me. I'm doing 3 treatments for my head pain, and God encourages me to trust in Him, His plan, and His time. 

"The best is perhaps what we understand least."
C.S. Lewis

Thank you for standing with me in prayer!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Aunt Alane

My Aunt Alane passed away this week. 

Some years ago when her mother, my grandmother, died, Aunt Alane told me that besides the pain of losing her mother, she lost someone who prayed for her everyday. 

I would now say the same thing about my Aunt Alane. I've lost someone very special who faithfully prayed for me.    
One of the last things she wrote to me,

"Aimee, I pray for you each day and will continue to do so.  I am reminded of the fact that we only see the underside of the quilt, which is our life.  God sees the top side, which is the beautiful pattern that is our life in His eyes."  

I thank the Lord for my Aunt Alane's life and her example of faithful prayer.