Sunday, September 11, 2016

Progress, Village Birthday, and Partnership



After 5 years of working with the local government, I praise God for the official "certidao" that has been issued for the house land!


I appreciate prayer for the ongoing process of legalization for the house and church/training center land.



The village of Quissico, which overlooks the beautiful lakes that border the Indian Ocean, just celebrated its 44th Birthday.


The military band paraded through the village center.


And the local police marched behind the band.



The local chiefs and leaders came out for the big day.



I invited Carlos, Tina and baby Josue from Maputo to be here (and partake in one of the local specialties - grilled pork :)


The next day Carlos shared an encouraging message with the local church in Cala.


After the service, we gathered together with the church group from Nyamajeho to learn from God's Word in our discipleship Bible study.


What a blessing to partner with my dear brothers and sisters from the province of Maputo as they step out of their comfort zone to visit and serve here.


I praise God for all that He is doing in Inhambane! 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Language and the Best Toy Car


Studying the Txitxopi language with my dear local language helper, Inocencia.




Her little brother has been building a toy car.



Here it is complete with soda can wheels, a wheel made of wood connected to a stick with rubber bands that turns to steer, and pieces of plastic bags used to connect the wires to keep it all together!


 Inocencia (center) and Edricio (left) just had their first baby, held by the proud grandma. It was a joy to give her a special little sweater, hat, and booties made by the God's Arms ministry :)


While I work on learning Txitxopi...

...I've been tutoring some of my neighbors in English. Young Dilercio comes by for help with his English homework from school. 



I invited neighbors and women from my church for a lunch of American meatballs and a Mozambican curry made of couve leaves from the garden. 



"Kudoto kudoto u ya ma soni" 

Txitxopi expression that means, 
"Little by little you go forward"