Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Purses, Blankets, and Translating

Purses
 
I had the privilege of partnering with my colleague Sharon, in a small way (my skills in this area are small indeed), helping to start a new craft/discipleship ministry with the pastor's wives in Maputo.
 
 
 
Sharon hard at work teaching the ladies how to make a cloth purse
 
The women will meet once a month to study the Word of God, pray together, and learn manual skills to help support their families. 
 
 
 
 
Here are the ladies with the new purses...yes, I had a lot of help to make mine :)
 
 
Blankets
 
 
I also had the privilege of giving a special baby blanket to a pastor's wife, Luisa, on behalf of a special group of women in the US called "God's Arms" which knits items to give to those in need.
 
 

Here is Luisa with her new baby, Daniel, wrapped in his lovely new blanket...she says, "thank you!"
 
 
Translating
 
 
The Vice President of Theological Education in OMS, Bill Vermilllion, has been visiting Mozambique this week and we visited the church in Intaka where he preached and I translated.  
 
 
 
 
From English to Portuguese to Changana the Word was preached :)  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Two precious little ones :)
 
I will be traveling to work in Inhambane this next week and would appreciate prayer for wisdom, strength, and protection.
Thank you!
 


Friday, October 5, 2012

Reconnecting and Brazilian Blessings

It's been wonderful to reconnect with some of my Mozambican sisters!


With Ofelia



Fatima and her New Bookmark
 
One of my dear supporters, Marietta, made some very special cross-stitch bookmarks with Bible verses on them for me to give to some Mozambican sisters.
 
I immediately thought of Fatima as we have resumed our Bible study and literacy lessons. She loves her new Bible bookmark which says,
 
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." 
Psalm 119:105


Brazilian Blessings



The Almeida family from Brazil (Paulo & Fernanda with daughters Laura and Luana) are new missionaries here in Mozambique!
 


One of the ministries the Almeidas have been involved in is a new church plant just north of Maputo in a place called Matchovana. Last weekend we went there to show the Jesus Film for the first time.


 
Kids in Matchovana waiting to see the film.
 



For the last six weeks, another Brazilian blessing has come to Mozambique, Pastors Sandro and Marinez. 
 
On my way back to the U.S. last year, I had the privilege of visiting and speaking at the National Convention of Missionary Churches of Brazil (CONIM), which is where I met this lovely couple.

They are the first couple from this church who have come to Mozambique on a short-term trip to serve in partnership with us... and what a blessing they have been!
 
We pray that our partnership with CONIM would be a blessing to Mozambique for Christ.    
 
 
 
One last picture from the Jesus Film...
 
...although we're headed into the hot summer months here, it got quite cold on the night we showed the Jesus Film, and I got this unusual picture of two of our "manly" church leaders warmly wrapped up in a lovely "ladies" capulana :)
 
 
Visa and Car
 
I hope to be able to pick up my alien resident visa this next week, and then take my car to South Africa to get some things fixed the week after.
 
 
While I'm here in Maputo I'm...
 
reconnecting with Pastor Abel and the evangelism ministry 
 
meeting with Fatima, Vitoria, and Ana for individual discipling relationships 
 
working with Sharon, Fernanda and Marinez to start up an exciting new women's ministry
 
and renewing relationships with the local churches here. 
 
I appreciate you prayer and support.