Thursday, November 24, 2011

Some Lasts and Firsts

Lord willing, I'll be back in the U.S. for the next 6 months to visit family, friends, and churches before returning again to Mozambique. 

Here are Some Lasts...
Last trip to Quissico, Inhambane for a discipleship training weekend.

Last evening church service with brothers and sisters in Nyadumbuque, Inhambane

Last discipleship training with Pastor Abel. He will continue them in the new year.

Last Quissico Women's Bible Study.
Mama Vitoria will continue in the new year.

Last prayer meeting with my colleagues in Maputo.

Here are Some Firsts...

The pots and pans here are washed using sand/dirt and water (to scour) and then soap and water to clean. This is the first pot (in this case a tea-pot) that after I cleaned it, when I asked if it needed to be "re-done" by a Mozambican woman (which it usually does), I received the amazing response that it was done, all by myself!  

First coconut that I opened correctly (!) using a machete so that it could be grated on a Mozambican grating stool.

First time my head was fully braided

My first esteira (mat) used mostly for women and children to sit on the ground.

My truck has done a lot of off-road driving in very rural areas to share about God's love in Jesus, encourage, and disciple God's beloved Mozambican people. It has also carried 25 people (at the same time) to be baptized. The truck has had a lot of firsts, but one of the most notable to me was...

The first time a plant grew in my car!

All you need is - lots of dust and dirt, some random seed/s (probably blown in by the wind), no washing, and some rain that leaks a bit down the hood, and voila...a car plant!

And lastly, although this is not in Mozambique and it's very random, this is the first surfing rat I've ever seen! I discovered this picture of "Tofu" (the amazing surfing rat) on the website of a wave photographer.

After a very full couple of weeks preparing to leave, I'll be heading to Brazil to speak at a church convention in Maring√°. I would appreciate your prayer for God's Spirit to be upon me as I share.

Thank you so much!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bible Study in Inhambane City

Together with Lisa and Emily of African Outreach Ministries, we started a weekly women's Bible study in the town of Inhambane 3 months ago. 
We've been learning about who God is by studying women of the Bible. 

And we've been learning how to apply these truths to our lives as women today.

This was my last study with these precious women before I go back to visit family and churches in the U.S. and they surprised me with a special gift of capulanas.

Left to Right Back: Resiana, Nasma, Aimee, Emily, Lisa
Left to Right Front: Filo, Rute

Emily and Lisa will be continuing this Saturday Women's Bible study in the new year.
Please pray for them as they lead, and for all the women to grow in the love and knowledge of Christ.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Consecration Ceremony

This last weekend we had the first consecration service for Mozambican pastors and deacons in the national church, Igreja Evangelica Palavra Viva in Maputo.

The ceremony was held at the first church plant in T-3.

Irmao Raul and I MC'ed the service.

Former missionary to Mozambique, Vaughn Telfer, consecrated 8 men as they knelt with their wives. 

The consecrated pastors and deacons with their wives.

Please pray that these men and women would be servant leaders with hearts after God's own heart.