June - August 2018
During the middle months of 2018 the base hosted or facilitated 5 separate events aimed at training and discipling YWAM missionaries and local believers. In June the base facilitated a mens conference followed the next weekend with a father-and-son camp for the staff. The next month the base hosted a pastors conference and ran an evangelism training seminar attended by people from throughout the nation. In August staff of the base facilitated a 10 day discipleship Training seminar with 24 participants. Read and see more about each event on our Facebook page.
For a week in May, the base was full to overflowing with 220 people gathered from 10 YWAM ministry locations all over Mozambique all gathered to celebrate 40 years of activity in the nation. We catered for 240 people including visitors from South Africa, Tanzania, Switzerland, and England.
See our Facebook page for more photographs of this joyous event.
After 30 months, the legal transfer of the land and buildings is finished!
We could speeded the process with bribes but both ours and SIL's heart was to process this transaction justly. As if to honour our commitment, God sent us Norah. A godly retired engineer, university professor and Zimbabwean grandmother Norah had the patience, persistence, and legal understanding to make the 30+ visits to government offices, following up on the registration process without bribing anyone. Her study of the laws brought us an exemption as a religious organization from a $20,000+ tax on the center. We are so thankful for God's gracious hand in bringing this process to an end!
At the end of the month we graduated this year's DTS. What a wonderful time it has been. People have come to know the Lord in ways they never imagined possible, marriages have been strengthened, babies have been born, the Gospel has been spread. We are all so thankful to those around us who prayed, came to teach and gave generously to make it all possible.
9th September 2017
While on outreach with his team Gemusse Jone passed away due to complications with Malaria. He left his wife, Telma and 2 young children. Mendes, our staff member who too left a widow and 3 young children was Gemusse's brother-in-law. Although this has been a hard blow to the family, they are all nobly holding onto the faith they confess. Telma comes from a family that does not share her belief in Jesus so is at present staying with her father-in-law who is a long term serving staff member of our base in Lichinga.
On Sunday evening, 27th August the staff and students of the Discipleship Training School (DTS) had a commissioning ceremony to send the teams out on their 12 week cross-cultural outreach. This makes up the second phase of the school
It is Discipleship Training School (DTS) preparation time! You can feel it in the air! A group of staff children are practising several times a week to prepare their choreographed dance to a song entitled: "Eu vou!" (translated "I'll go") for the DTS opening service on June 3.
We are grateful to the Lord for 25 students who have made deposits to confirm their participation in this year's DTS. So far there are 8 couples/families (with 18 children) confirmed and 9 singles confirmed to come. In the next week or two we hope to confirm the final number of students. Last year, our 25th and last student was confirmed our first day of orientation! These students will all be settling into the center, Lord-willing, May 29.
In April 2017 we had a strategic planning week with our friends Chip and Sandy Wanner. It was a rich time and as you can see by the many flip chart pages filled out and hung up, we did a lot of processing and planning. The Lord blessed the week, emphasizing His desire for unity among us, and it was rewarding to see different team members catching the vision, owning it, and explaining it to others. We are thankful for the love and input that Chip and Sandy poured into our team. This is their second visit to us as a staff team. The first time was back in 2015 when we were planning our move from Lichinga to Nampula.