Monday, May 3, 2010

3rd Trip to Gaza and Inhambane

Together with Pastor Abel and his wife Victoria, we went back to the provinces of Gaza and Inhambane!

Part of the church group in Maculuva, Inhambane.

Two strong women of Maculuva.

Two strong men of Maculuva.

The Mozambican government works with an organization that loans two oxen to a family for a period of 3 years. The family can use the oxen to work their fields, and if the oxen produce young, the family can keep them. At the end of the 3 years, the government comes to collect the original two oxen.

Before leaving, they gave us some large mushrooms to cook for dinner that night!

Mama Victoria and I sorted the beans that we would use for lunch the next day when we would have our church leader training.

We picked out all the pebbles, debris, insects, and bad beans.

I found some beautiful beans.

Alberto lives at the house where Pastor Abel stays when he's in Inhambane. Alberto is a high school student and has started a meeting at the house twice a week with about 15 students who meet together to sing, pray, and have a short Bible study. It's been wonderful to get to know these students better each time I come to visit.

While we were in the province of Gaza, we were able to visit Mama Victoria's field. It was cassava season, so we harvested some!

Hard working Pastor Abel

Cassava (Mandioca in Portuguese)

Hardworking Mama Victoria

They taught me how to do one on my own!

Cutting the trunk off for re-planting

Mama Victoria and I re-planted the trunk, which will grow into another full cassava plant!

It was such a blessing to travel again to Gaza and Inhambane as I seek to build loving relationships with these beloved people...and I'm always learning so much in the process.