Friday, July 25, 2014

Back to Zambezia!

I've just gotten back from a ministry trip to the province of Zambezia where I visited Mozambican missionaries from the Palavra Viva church in Maputo, Pr. Juka and Elina Fernando.

Here they are looking like Malibu locals in Mocuba, thanks to some shirts from my Dad :) 


Pr. Juka, along with his wife Elina, has been preaching the Gospel and planting churches in Mocuba for the past 5 years. They will now be transitioning back to serve in Maputo. 

Another local pastor who has studied at the seminary in Maputo will now be taking the lead in this area. Please pray for Pr. Dinis and his wife Matilde with their 3 boys.

Pr. Juka and Elina are very loved and they will be missed much by their new Christian brothers and sisters in Mocuba.

I had the opportunity to visit and meet with some of the leaders to talk about the transition of leadership and to exhort them to remain faithful in following Christ.

A Carpenter!

While in Mocuba, Juka started a carpentry business, which he officially registered with the government. This business will continue with the local men he has trained, and I have asked them to make all the furniture for the ministry house in Inhambane!

The beautiful bed Juka made as a gift for his wife, Elina.

Food and Beverage

We got water from a well for drinking, cooking, washing, etc...

(The last time I was in Mocuba I got cholera and had to be evacuated. We all made sure I drank bottled water this time and I'm doing well!)

Since the water basin had to be filled frequently, I asked if we could play a game to see who could get the green tub on the right full and dump it into the black basin on the back left in the fastest time...

I got my timer out and with much laughter and some spilled water, we all competed...even one of the carpenters! 
...I won't say who lost :)

One day we went to the local market and bought a special fish, Peixe Pedra. Joanita proudly holds the great fish.

After cleaning, onto the grill it went.

Mindo poured on a tasty combination of vinegar and garlic :)

It was delicious!!! 
Pr. Juka got the prized head of the great fish.

Another delicious food we ate was this type of grapefruit...I call it the "grapefruit plus" 

Here's why...

1. It's larger than the "non-plus" variety grapefruit.

2. It's practically seedless! (or they're so small you just eat them and don't realize it)

3. It's SWEET without the sour!!!

...hence the "Grapefruit Plus"

A Nurse!

While in Mocuba, Elina successfully completed a nursing program!

It was a blessing to be there for her graduation.

She specialized in perinatal nursing.

A proud husband with his wife :)

After the graduation there was a party at the school, where there were 2 of the largest pots I've ever seen!

For some perspective - look at the size of the man's hand in comparison to the pot :) We ate well.

We then had another celebration with friends and family, and I presented Elina with a new capulana, and...

...a picture of the first baby that Elina had delivered (which she had electronically sent to me almost a year ago and had forgotten about!)

Would you please pray for Pr. Juka and Elina as they have finished their time in Zambezia and will be transitioning back to serving Christ in Maputo.

Thank you!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

1st Ministry Course Graduation in Inhambane!

I praise God that after three and half years of monthly trainings in Inhambane, Tomas and Isildro have completed the Ministry Course with Pastor Abel and I!

Aimee, Tomas, Ermelinda

Ermelinda, Tomas' wife, also studied the Women of the Bible course with me.

The service started inside the church, where Tomas shared a wonderful testimony about some of the things he learned. He spoke about Christ as the last and perfect sacrifice for us, thus eliminating the need to continue sacrificing animals, as is traditionally done in this area.

But so many people came, we had to move the service outside under the tree, where Isildro shared about what he had learned.

Ermelinda, who had studied The Women of the Bible, talked about the importance of being a faithful praying woman, wife, and mother.

It was a privilege to MC the graduation with Belarmino from Maputo. He was such an encouragement to this new church.

Pr. Daniel, from Maputo, preached a powerful Christ centered message.

Like mission within mission, what a joy it is to see my brothers from Maputo minister to new brothers in Inhambane! 

Pr. Abel presented the certificates.

Partners in ministry congratulating the students!

Would you pray for Isildro, Tomas, and Ermelinda, that they would continue to grow in faith, knowledge, and grace, and that they will use what they have learned to serve and teach others.

Thank you!