Saturday, November 23, 2013

November Celebrations!

It was lovely to have Bruce and Mabel Callender, who served here in Mozambique for 10 years, visit during this month of many celebrations!

Bruce, Mabel, and Milca
Two Graduations...a Wedding and...a Consecration

After 4 years of studying, the first class of Mozambicans graduated from the Maputo Biblical and Theological Seminary.

1st Graduation Ceremony!

With Angela, one of the seminary graduates. 

Another graduation was for the 3 year Ministry Course in partnership with the national church we work with, Igreja Evangelica Palavra Viva (Living Word Evangelical Church). 

I was blessed to share a welcoming message at the ceremony. 

Five of the happy Palavra Viva students and the two professors with their wives.

And then the Wedding of my dear friend Fatima!

Fatima was nervous about how to write her new name on the wedding certificate, so I printed a sample from the internet...

...and we practiced...

...then she did it!

Eduardo and Fatima 
(it's not customary to smile at a serious event such as a wedding) 

...but Fatima was caught smiling :) 

Along with her local church, I visited Eduardo and Fatima's new house to pray for them. 

Tall pastor Jorge couldn't believe how short the ceilings were!

Eduardo, Fatima's husband, didn't see any problem and just laughed :)
And finally, we celebrated a Pastoral Consecration Service... 

Luisa and I read the from the Scripture in Portuguese and Changana.

And Vitoria and I gave the Bibles to the new pastors and wrapped their wives in capulanas. 

Fransisco, who serves at the church in Intaka, was consecrated as a pastor.

Nelio, who serves at the church in Picoco, was also consecrated as a pastor.

The new pastors and their wives.
(serious events require serious faces, but I convinced the two new pastors to smile :)
What a joy it is to invest in the lives of Mozambicans and to celebrate with them as they follow Jesus Christ!