Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Church from the Floods

In the year 2000, there was tremendous flooding in Mozambique. Many people lost their homes in an area called T-3. In partnership with the local church, missionaries began to give food, clothing, and medical and spiritual aid to the flood victims. 

When the flood victims moved to a new area, called Kongoloti, they asked the missionaries to help them to start up their own church! They had their first meetings under a tree, then in a tent, and now they have a building.

Bruce and Mabel Callender, who served in Mozambique from 1996-2006, came back for a visit, and we went to the women's Bible study at the church in Kongoloti.

I had been working on memorizing some Bible verses in Portuguese, and I shared Isaiah 41:8-10. I told them how these verses are a comfort to us because they remind us that through hardships, God is with us, that He will strengthen and help us, and that He upholds us with His righteous right hand. I encouraged the women to continue to remember God's Word so that they would have His comforting truth in their hearts.

The church in Kongoloti also runs a weekday preschool for the community :o)