Monday, December 16, 2013

Soccer Boys, Beach Camping, Gnarly Creatures

Soccer Boys
During these past months, I've had the privilege of sharing Bible lessons with 11-14 yr. old boys who come to play soccer/football each week for the local community program in Machava.
  Libas, above, is their trainer and coach.
  After attending the graduation for Child Evangelism Fellowship this last September in Maputo, Fernanda and I met with three young graduates, whom we invited to come help teach at this bi-weekly kids program.
Florencio, Joshua, and Benny have come to help out the past couple months and have done a wonderful job!

 The boys praying in a circle after the lesson. 

Would you pray for these future men of Mozambique?

Beach Camping
After a very busy time, I was very grateful to take a four-day weekend off to go beach camping with two fun families, the Blanks (who serve with World Venture) and the Hulseys (who serve with Good News for Africa).

As it heats up for the summer here, I was hoping to do a little surfing, however the waves were a bit small. But they were the perfect size for teaching some new little surfers...
Practicing on the sand with the Blanks.
Into the water we went. 
Each one got a chance.
 Marian riding a wave, while Hayden and I cheered in the background!
Judah's awesome wipeout.
 Four gnarly new surfers!
 And a gnarly insect

This insect turned out to be perfect for a practical joke on my prankster colleague, Don.

He had thrown a long green rope over the wall into the camp bathroom, where I was, calling out, "green mambas have been spotted in the area!"

The green mamba is a highly venomous snake found in Mozambique.

So I caught the large insect (in first picture), and put him in a little plastic tub that was the exact same shape and size as the sugar container.

I then came around offering everyone sugar for tea, switching containers before I got to Don. 

I approached his chair from the back and leaned over his shoulder offering the "sugar" a mere 2 inches from his face.

There was the large creature perched on a pile of sand! The result was a wonderful flinch and a priceless look, that I wish I had a picture of.    

One more gnarly creature...
 A retiring missionary couple gave me their dog, Ajur! 
At the last Bible study for the year in Kongoloti, the women presented me with a beautiful new capulana.