Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Two ideas

I have to ideas in my mind that I want to share with you.  This is OMS Mozambique team (as per a few weeks ago). It is made up by at least one person from these countries: Slovakia, United States of America, Brazil, Great Britain, Ecuador and Canada. The nationalities here represented remind me of how creative God is, and how he delights in giving a variety of gifts to his children. But, given what Galatians 3:28 says (There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus), nationalities is not what I really want to draw your attention to:

First, in the period from the moment this photo was taken till now this group has already changed (Majka and Mónica have returned to their home countries), David and Lori were only visiting us; Luis, Gary and Diane will soon travel back home. It will change again in a matter of days, when the Kellys will arrive in Mozambique. A missionary life is dotted with welcomings and farewells.

We missionaries travel light, and have to learn to appreciate what God has given to us then and there – we don’t know for how long they will be our, or they will stay with us. This applies to objects, places, belongings, relationships, ministries, etc. We never become experts in saying good-byes; but the Lord enables us to welcome those who come to visit or to work with us. It becomes really real to us that everything can change, sometimes slowly and other times suddenly, but the Rock "endures through all generations" (Psalm 102:12).

Secondly, in the photograph above there are those who represent a variety of ministries or spiritual gifts: hospitality, evangelists, teachers, administrators, faith, service, mercy, giving, etc. Our team evangelises kids in our neighbourhood, gives support to the leadership of the national church, prepares biblically and theologically leaders and future ones, in emergencies offers a place of rest to other missionaries that need it, offers practical help and evangelises the disabled population, offers primary and secondary education with a Christian emphasis, organises the wives of leaders to work with their hands in order to generate income for their families, stewards the resources that God has entrusted to us to extend God’s kingdom in Mozambique, etc. However, there is still so much more that needs to be done here.

This team needs people who speaks Portuguese (or is willing to learn) and who has been called by God to serve him in administration, accountancy, teachers of theology, maintenance of buildings (electricians, painters, builders, water supply, recycling, gardening, car mechanic, etc.), discipleship, youth worker, children worker; “ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:38).

Wednesday, 21 May 2014


We were exhausted, we have been exhausted for good time already. So…. we escaped to South Africa, for a short but exciting weekend.

Two good reasons: to celebrate one of our anniversaries, and to finally pay the so-long-planned and awaited visit to Kruger Park.

We’ve attempted to go to Kruger more than once, but as it happens one or another thing has stopped us from going: health, broken car, lack of time, responsibilities, etc.

If you have been there, you will agree with me, that it is an amazing experience.  One thing is to see animals in a zoo - it is really nice to know exotic animals - but another one is to see them in their habitat, freely being themselves and enjoying what God has created for them.

Every time we spotted something, we grabbed the camera, the binoculars, the notebook and the pen and looked at it, (if a bird, the faithful bird book became handy) and tried to identified it, write down its name.  We rejoice in the Lord for allowing us to have this great experience.

We saw elephants, impalas, kudus, blacksmith plover, kingfishers, yellow billed hornbills, louries, warthogs, rhinos, tawny eagle, giraffes, zebras, crocodiles, hippos, lions, baboon, Egyptian geese, coucals, wildebeests, buffalos, and so many other birds whose names we didn’t know.

Musical evenings Mozambican style

Sam and Joe had daily practices with the orchestra during the week of presentations. They had three different venues:  Auditorium 700 in Matola, University Cultural Centre in Maputo and and a pedagogical concert in Casa Mafurra in Matola.

Rehearsal in Teatro Avenida, Maputo

Orchestra and choir in the University Cultural Centre, Maputo

Presentation in the Auditorium 700, Matola

At the end of the week, we were all exhausted, but Sam and Joe had made new friends, and discovered the joy of playing with a bigger orchestra for a larger audience than they have experienced before.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Orquesta Xiquitsi

From early March Samuel and Joseph have been rehearsing as part of the Xiquitsi Orchestra. This orchestra is a project directed by a talented Mozambican musician known by the name Kika Materula. For both this has been a really wonderful experience. Joseph still has some difficulty to understand Portuguese, but music is an universal language. Samuel understands almost everything is spoken in Portuguese, and he knows how to speak "Portunhol".

This coming weekend, the orchestra, together with other Afican and European musicians will offer three recitals. Sam and Joe are very happy!

A Portuguese TV station presented the story about this project and if you have a little patience (it is in Portuguese) you could spot Sam and Joe there. You can watch the video clicking here.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

September 2013

Among the things we do are working at the office, going to the early Tuesday morning prayer meeting with the pastors, helping the boys with their homework (now they need less and less help from us), studying and practising our Portuguese, "getting settled", music lessons with the boys, family Bible reading, visiting churches, etc.

The highlights of September were:

The visit of our friends from Scotland, Trevor and Irene.

Joseph's birthday (and Steve's, too!)

Visiting Tsalala Church

A game of ten-pin Bowling with the kids of the compound

Young people monthly programme

Sunday School in Matchovana church

Listening to the testimonies of the 6 young people from Maputo Church that had been baptised earlier that morning.

A hoopoe at our kitchen window!