Saturday, January 23, 2010

2nd Trip North to Gaza and Inhambane

This last week I was able to make my second trip north to the provinces of Gaza and Inhambane with Pastor Abel, and this time joined by Irma Louisa and her baby, Benilde.

The road from Maputo to Inhambane, a 10 hour drive.

We met with, listened to, prayed and sang with, and taught five different church groups that have begun in these provinces.

After our teaching time in Chidenguele, one young man said, "These Bible stories are so good and they help me so much. The Bible has so many pages, I want to know all of those stories!"

In Nyadumbuque, after sharing with the church, the young man who is leading this group, invited us to his mother's house for lunch. His grandmother also lives with the family (picture above). She kept everybody laughing with her tough attitude. The saying "one who chews nails and spits rust" comes to mind. She seemed like a Mozambican version of my own grandmother :)

The family in Nyadumbuque

Everyone loves grandma :)

After teaching the group in Madendere, one of the young ladies thanked us and handed us a freshly harvested pineapple.
(picture- Irma Louisa holding the sweet gift)

Three Sisters
(Irma Louisa, Irma Aimee, Irma Olga)
Irma Olga is the leader of the group in Bangusa

She raises turkeys to sell

Most people in this area have coconut trees -here is one of Olga's beautiful trees.

Olga also has a cashew tree. Her mother (picture) has just toasted the cashews, and then she cracks them open.

Louisa with her sweet baby, Benilde.

After we taught and prayed, we feasted on fresh cashews and dried cassava.

The church group in Bangusa

I was so thankful to be able to visit the groups in these provinces again!

In God's time, and if it is God's will, I would like to live nearby, either in Gaza or Inhambane, so that I could regularly meet with, encourage and teach these precious groups.