Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Beautiful Beira

I've just had the privilege of traveling by bus up north to Beira, Mozambique to visit the Meyers family (below).

Brian is serving as a medical doctor, training and discipling Mozambican medical students, and Megan is serving as an artist, discipling Mozambican artists as they minister through the arts in church and in society.

While I was there, I had a lovely time with Dawn, a family friend of the Meyers, and Honey, a teacher from Christian Academy of Mozambique in Maputo.

Megan Meyers has been helping these young musicians create beautiful Biblically based worship music. At their Wednesday night practice, I was able to chat with some of the artists and learn about this ministry.

At their Friday night "jam session," I heard some of the wonderful praise songs these talented muscians have created in their local language and style!

I've been interested to learn about this ministry because I may be working within new church groups in the future that don't have any Biblically based songs in their local language and style.
~ Songs are especially important in an oral culture like Mozambique as they can be used to praise God, present the Gospel, and teach Scriptural truths ~
It was wonderful to learn more about Megan's music ministry!

And while I was in Beira, I was also able to visit the Macuti Lighthouse.

An old ship was placed on the beach in front of the lighthouse in order to slow shoreline erosion, therefore protecting the lighthouse. This is what's left of the ship (above).

As I looked at the various rusting ship parts, they reminded me of different things...

This one made me think of the kind of machine that would be found in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and it might do something crazy like produce giant gumballs :)

Three Calvary crosses

An old storybook fairytale house...

...and upon closer inspection, there actually was someone taking a nap in the hull, or 'house'

It sure makes for an interesting anti-erosion method to protect the lovely lighthouse :)

I praise God for this opportunity to visit Beira!