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.
So here are...
Last trip to Quissico, Inhambane for Discipleship Training Weekend
Last evening church service with brothers and sisters in Nhadumbuque, Inhambane
Last Discipleship Training with Pastor Abel (P. Abel will continue the trainings in the new year)
Last Inhambane Women's Bible Study (Mama Vitoria will continue in my absence)
Last time with my colleagues in Maputo :)
And now here are...
The pots and pans here are washed by 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 I cleaned, and 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 :o)
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
First Bed Head to sit on the esteira
The "Bed Head" is a creature I found in South Africa whose label describes him as "a surfer and urban nomad who is not lazy but likes to sleep a lot, and who crusades against hair brushes."
My car 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 car 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, 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 :o)
After a very full couple of weeks preparing to leave, this next week I'll be heading to Brazil to speak at a church convention in Maringá. I would appreciate your prayer for God's Spirit to be upon me as I share.
Thank you so much!