Monday, January 28, 2013

Inhambane Trip and FLOODING


Together with two wonderful co-workers, Mozambican pastor, Abel, and Brazilian colleague, Fernanda, I traveled to Inhambane this last week to do Bible studies and leadership training with the church groups there.

Bible study with the church group in Nyadumbuque.

As we work with these beloved people, would you pray that they would grow in their relationship with Christ.

On the afternoon of our third day in Inhambane, we got word that due to torrential rains, the Limpopo river had swelled causing severe flooding in the province of Gaza, just south of Inhambane.
We decided to cut the trip short due to the danger of being stranded if the national road was severed. This turned out to be the right decision.
Fernanda took these pictures from our car as we passed through Xai Xai, Gaza.

As we arrived in Xai Xai, the town was being evacuated. Homes were submerged leaving little islands of land or roof where people were being rescued by raft.  

Water was rushing underneath the national road as we passed over. Usually there is land on both sides of this part of the road (above).

We passed through at 7pm the road became impassable and was closed...the next morning we heard that the road was severed.
At least 45 people have been killed and about 70,000 displaced. Nearly 85,000 have been affected by the raging waters.
Would you please pray for all those suffering the effects of this flooding.
Thank you. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Partnering with Mozambican Church Leaders

One of the things I am regularly involved here is meeting with the leadership of the national Mozambican church.

(left to right - my colleague Melvin, pastor Daniel, pastor Juka)

We are currently discussing the vision and goals of the church.

(left to right - pastor Abel,  and my colleagues, Paulo, Larry, and Don)

Together we're seeking to reach Mozambique with the love of God in Christ.
Would you pray for these national church leaders?

Pastor Daniel, professor at the Maputo Biblical and Theological Seminary, officiating the wedding of a church member. 

Pastor Abel, evangelism coordinator for southern Mozambique, baptizing with a new church leader in the south. 

Pastor Juka, head coordinator of evangelism for Mozambique, relating to one of his church groups in the the north.
As an update on my health, I'm doing much better! Thank you for praying.
This week I'm planning to travel to the province of Inhambane to visit and teach in the churches, and also to look for housing possibilities.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Happy New Year

(left to right - Katie, Susan, Larry, Linda, Orai)
New Year's in Xai Xai, Mozambique with colleagues and friends.  

I also made a new friend...a South African Boerboel named Lou :)
I hope you had a Happy New Year!