Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Helping Hands, Cala Children, and Land Legalized!


Laura (above) came with us to Inhambane this last week.

Artur's life has value.
We were thankful to be able to show him Jesus' love by sharing the story of Mephibosheth from the Bible, and giving him a wheelchair! 

Through the Helping Hands ministry, we were also blessed to be able to give crutches to Julhino (Pr. Abel, above, helping him).

His very creative father had made a walker out of wood!
Unfortunately, it was too heavy to be helpful.
(Pr. Nelio, also in a green shirt above, with the wooden walker)

Julinho e seu gatinho.
(Julinho and his little cat)

Julinho's life has so much value.

Laura gave a children's Bible story book to the kids in Cala.

They wanted to thank her, so Elder climbed a tree to pick some oranges for us.

Catching Oranges

Elder, the expert tree climber

Laura with the kids...and the freshly picked oranges :)
Land Legalized!!

After much negotiation and hard work with the local government, we have now been able to put  official "markers" (the long concrete blocks) into the corners of the land, which signify legal possession! 

This is a result of prayer!
~ Thank you ~
As God provides the funds, the next step will be construction of a place for me to live!
Inhambane Housing Project Number #408020

Monday, July 8, 2013

Kids, Car, Sophie and Heather

~ Maputo ~ 
My colleagues, Paulo and Fernanda, have a wonderful ministry of singing, praying, telling Bible stories, and playing with the local children in Machava, Maputo. Their daughters Laura (above) and Luana have a great time with the kids!  
I was sharing with the older boys from the group about helping others who are in need. I asked two particular boys to come up to the front that day.
Earlier that week my car got stuck in a muddy water hole. This is not my car, but I couldn't take a picture since I was in my car when it happened!

After seeing the water rush under the hood of the truck, I thanked God afterwards because the left side of the truck, where the air enters in, was higher than the right side that had fallen into the hole, so water did not get into the engine.
These young boys from the community stayed with me the whole time while I was waiting to be towed out by my colleague, so I thanked them in front of the group. They were a great example of being a help to someone in need! 
~ Inhambane ~
It's the "dead of winter" here (64F/18C), and I won the contest for being the coldest (that's me on the left in the black parka - I know it's ridiculous). Sophie, on the right, is from England (no jacket, not even a sweater).
It was a blessing to have Sophie here in Mozambique for 5 months! She taught at CAM school in Maputo, and before going back to England, she took a trip with us to Inhambane. 
It has also been a blessing to have Heather, from Northern Ireland, here for 6 months! Heather is an occupational therapist and has been working with Mozambicans who have disabilities. 

My colleagues, Melvin and Sharon, started a ministry for those with disabilities called 'Maos Ajudando' (Helping Hands).

With Heather on this trip, we made a special visit to encourage and pray for a young man who was hit by a falling tree and has been unable to walk for the last 4 years. 
Praise God that through the Helping Hands ministry we will be able to give him a wheelchair!
My good friend Mama Isabel traveled with us to Inhambane and this was my failed attempt to take a good picture of the two of us :)