Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Back to Inhambane Again


Aimee, Tina, baby Joana, Nelio

Tina, wearing the necklace, bracelet, and earrings she learned to make in the craft discipleship ministry headed up by my colleagues, Sharon and Fernanda. She has made quite a few that she will be selling to help support her family.

Happy Pr. Nelio was a big help teaching in our church leadership training, and also working with me on the land legalization process with the local government.

Custodio & Lizette preparing food in their restaurant kitchen.
I continue to work on the government process with Custodio, from whom we are buying the land to build a house where I can live, and another plot of land to build the training center. 

Grandma Sousa, an old Chopi woman who lives in the village of Nydumbuque, often comments on my capulanas when I come to visit her family...this time I presented her with a colorful  new capulana :o)
Please pray for the Chopi people of Inhambane, and for the land legalizing and then construction process that I may live and serve among them.
Thank you!  

Friday, April 5, 2013

Back to Inhambane

I'm in the process of purchasing a piece of land in Inhambane, where, Lord willing, I will be able to live and serve in the future!   
Diolinda, Aimee, Jesuita, Joao, Benilde
It's not typical here to smile in formal photos.
(I wasn't being typical :o)
I continue to work alongside of my faithful pastoral partner, Pr. Abel Miambo.
We also brought a lovely Irish young lady, Heather, an occupational therapist, who is in Mozambique for 6 months. She was such a blessing, and is also the reason why I have so many good photos from this trip!
And...we also brought a young man from Pastor Abel's church in Maputo named Joao.
He has a lot of energy...
So we decided to see if we could capture him in mid-air while he did his flips.
Then we compared the amazing mid-air photos.
I got one just of his left foot and right hand flying by.
Our dear little friend, Charmila, usually comes by to visit us. 
Teaching at the church group in Xiruti.
Easter Sunday in Nyamajeho.
It was a privilege to share about God's love for all of us, and the salvation that He offers us in Christ under the tree on Easter morning.
My dear friend, Jesuita, helped out by translating my Portuguese into the local Chopi language.
Mama Rosa and the kids
Diolinda, giving me my Chopi language lesson.
Me, apparently having enough of my Chopi language lesson after a long day :)  
Church leader discipleship training under the cashew tree.
 Teaching a Bible study with Mama Ermelinda on the veranda.

Diolinda and Crista taught Heather how to sing the Portuguese equivalent of "Head Shoulders Knees and Toes".  

I'll end here with a sight near our church in Cala that makes me smile every time I pass by.
STOP sign...
in English
attached half way up a coconut tree
miles from any main road :o)