Sunday, December 26, 2010

Birthdays

Christmas Eve Birthday

My colleagues, Melvin and Sharon Kelly, have twins, Joshua and Abigail, who turned 1 on December 24th (above - twins with friend Rufina).

Father and Son

Mother and Daughter

They had a lovely birthday party with their Mozambican friends.

Here's my new little friend...Joel :)


Christmas Day Birthday

On December 25, I celebrated Christ's birthday with the Miambo and Fernando family (above).


Elina Fernando, who is the sister of my dear friend Ana, presented the women with Christmas capulanas (left to right - Aimee, Herglencia, Elina, Mama Fernando, Ana).


I hope you had a blessed Christmas!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ana's last trip and Mom's last week

Merry Christmas!


The lovely..."Ana Wreath"


Here's Ana with a Christmas wreath we found at a place where we stayed in Gaza on our last trip :)




It was the same place where we discovered the world's cutest puppy.




My mom and Ana pictured here...with the world's cutest puppy :)






Aimee and Ana


~ The last of five wonderful trips with my fun and faithful partner, Ana Miambo ~



Ana will not be able to travel with me for the ministry trips up north in the new year because she will start her studies in January. I'm very happy she will be furthering her education, but I'm also sad to lose such a lovely partner in ministry.




It's been wonderful to have my mom here these past three weeks...



Meeting my friends...





Praying for my Mozambican family...



Sharing God's Word with Mozambican church leaders...




Spending time with sisters...



My mom and I invited Fatima, Vania (Fatima's daughter), and Ana to take part in a family Christmas tradition...decorating gingerbread men!


My mom worked hard to bake the delicious men (and women), and she had brought frosting and decorations from home.



She told the story of the gingerbread man and shared about our Christmas tradition.




The women loved the decorating...and the eating :)




One of the finished products...before it was devoured :o)



It was wonderful to have my mom here to share first-hand in the work that God has called me to do.

I love you mom!


Have a happy Christmas!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

8th Trip to Gaza and Inhambane

My mom joined pastor Abel, Ana, and I on our ministry trip north to the provinces of Gaza and Inhambane.
On Saturday, we did our discipleship training for the local church planters/trainers (above). I taught a session on prayer, and pastor Abel taught a session on serving God.


My mom was able to share a devotional about obeying God using the story of Jonah, which I translated for the group. Irma Hortencia appreciated my mom's sharing, and she asked for a picture with her :).


The church trainers have now begun to practice teaching in our group sessions! Irmao Bartolomeo taught the Chronological Bible story lesson about Jesus feeding the 5,000, and Papa Tomas taught the lesson on church planting (above).


We were then able to visit the growing church group of Papa Tomas in Cala!



Kids from the church in Cala.



When we had some free time on one of the afternoons, Ana suggested we visit the beach we had discovered on a previous trip :)


Pastor Abel turned into a expert crab hunter...



...and ten crabs later, we were ready go...with dinner in hand!




When we got back, Ana began cleaning the crabs.



I stirred the pot of critters with tomatoes, onion, garlic, and salt :)


With some leftover beans and rice from lunch, we topped our plates with fresh Quissico caranguejos (crabs).




Pastor Abel thoroughly enjoyed his catch of the day...and so did we!



In Bartolomeo's growing church group of Maciene, eight people wanted to be baptized. We drove down the dirt road, and stopped by a reed filled inlet. As we stood under the trees, I shared about the prominent African man who was reading the Scriptures when Philip approached his chariot.



Following Philip's example, I explained who Jesus was. Then I asked, like Philip, "Do you believe with all your heart, as this African man did, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?" They all responded in the chope language, "Yes, we do."


So we climbed down to the water, just as the Ethiopian did, and each one was baptized.

Praise God!



Afterwards, we had a celebration lunch together.


The food was prepared by the beautiful strong hands of the women.



At the smell of food, a hungry cat came crying to my feet.



After gorging himself on goat bones and chicken skins, he lay satisfied at my feet :)




On the way back home after our five-day trip, we stopped at Pastor Abel's wife's field. My mom was able to taste the newly harvested peanuts...



...and enjoy some fresh coconut milk :)

It was great to have my mom join us on our ministry trip to see and participate in the work first-hand. We all praise God for the work He is doing, and the privilege of being a part of it.