Saturday, November 29, 2014

Ireland


I'm very thankful to have the opportunity to visit my family and get some rest this December!



I had been invited to Ireland by many special people who have prayed for Mozambique, and many of whom had visited, so I stopped there on my way back to the U.S.



And my mom met up with me there :)



We stayed with lovely Ian and Sharon, who come to serve in Mozambique each year during their holiday.


Girassol and Nkateko 


With Ali, Sharon, and Megan outside of Girassol, the charity shop which serves as a local center for outreach and provides funds for projects in Mozambique.


While in the Girassol shop, Donald, the UK Director for OMS, who has visited Mozambique, stopped by to say hello :)




Then we visited the Nkateko office. 

Nkateko, is a project that encourages Mozambicans to grow in their faith and equips them with opportunities to provide for themselves and their families through the teaching and making of jewelry and crafts.




Ali, who has seen this ministry first-hand in Mozambique, does a great job with the marketing of Nkateko in Ireland!



Prayer Groups


It was a privilege to encourage those at the Girassol prayer meeting who faithfully pray for Mozambique.




Singing and presenting Rebekah, the leader of this prayer meeting, with a special capulana :)




It was a joy to share at another very special prayer meeting at Maud and Alfie's (complete with a feast afterwards :o)  This group has been faithfully meeting to pray for God's work around the world since 1966! 



Churches


Speaking at Antrim Baptist Church



Pastor Neil, from this church, has visited Mozambique!




His wife, Diane, also got lovingly wrapped in a capulana :)




Sharing with the dear people of Straid Congregational Church.


Visiting Heather and Family

On the beautiful Antrim coast with Sharon, Marion (Heather's mom), my mom, and Heather, who spent 6 months in Mozambique in 2013!




She and her family took us to see "The Searcher" statue depicting the wardrobe from C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia.




C.S. Lewis, one of my favorite authors, was born here in Belfast :)



On the back of the wardrobe is Aslan's face.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Maputo Ministries, a Birthday, and a Wedding

The Color Purple

I noticed one day after church that Prs. Juka and Nelio, and Jesuita and I were all wearing some shade of purple :o)


Jesuita, a former student from Inhambane, has been living in Maputo for the last several months and I've been blessed to take her to church with me each Sunday. She loves participating and learning, and she now has her own New Testament.


Preaching in Tsalala

As a part of the transitional church government Prs. Abel, Juka, and Nelio and I have been visiting the churches in Maputo to speak about unity in body of Christ.


The banner at the front of this bright church in Tsalala reads, 
"Jesus said: 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'" 
John 8:12




Women with a Purpose Ministry
"God...saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works, but because of His own purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began." 
2 Timothy 1:9


During this year I've been working quite a bit in organizing and facilitating the leadership group of this women's ministry.  Many women gathered together for our final meeting of 2014!



Some church groups wore the same beautiful capulanas to show their unity...like the women of Intaka.


And the women of Kongoloti.


My greatest joy was to see my Mozambican sisters, with whom I've been working, leading this ministry!



Christian Academy Kids

I was blessed to be able to share the story of how I discovered God's existence with the high school students at this Christian International school.



I was also able to share with the elementary kids...at one point I used the illustration of how difficult it would be to write without our hands and I asked for a volunteer to come up and try...this young boy was able to write his name amazingly well holding the pencil in his mouth...the illustration almost didn't work! :) 



Birthday Buddies


My dear colleague, Fernanda, and I celebrated our birthdays together on Nov. 8 and 9!


We dressed in the same capulanas, ate delicious cakes, and had lots of laughs :o)


Julia's Wedding!


After four years of praying for Julia and Sergio, I rejoiced to participate in their special day.



The wedding party outside the church in the shade...the temperature was in the upper 90's!



At the wedding with my sweet sister, Tina.