Greetings and blessings from Beira. August was an exciting month for us here in Mozambique. We visited the farm project in Gogoi where we got a sneak peak at the home being built for us there as well as a glimpse of the fields and rivers near the small settlement. Now that we have seen it and had a chance to speak with the people living there, we are even more able now to share the church’s hope for renewing this important facet of the work in Mozambique. I say ‘renew’ because the farm in Gogoi is not only a very worthwhile current project of the church, it is also a long-held place of learning and equipping lay-people and evangelists whose history with the United Church of Christ in Mozambique (UCCM) goes back to 1905. The
farm has a fascinating history as a place of training in agriculture, carpentry, baking, domestic skills, theology, and primary/secondary education. There is so much potential there. Kim and I came home very excited and full of ideas from what we learned and saw.
Greetings to you all from Mozambique! Kim and I continue to do well and learn more about the warm and gracious people of this country. As we become more accustomed to life here and the rhythm of things, we are also more able to learn about the struggles people here face on a daily basis. By listening to the hopes and goals of the women’s and men’s groups, Kim and I are learning about needs for things such as literacy and language training, project management skills, sources of supplementary income, providing clothes and supplies for local school children, improved healthcare and awareness, and many others.Read more
As Erik and I continue to settle into our new home, the prayers and support of our friends and family is continually appreciated and definitely felt by us and others. We are happy to share that we have successfully completed level one on our Portuguese studies and are enjoying the ability to have pleasant, albeit short, conversations with people here in Moçambique. After a short break we will begin level two.Read more
Kim and I continue to do well in Beira with your support and prayers. We have a vehicle now, which has proved immensely helpful with procuring household items and getting around town as we continue to orient ourselves to our new environment. We were excited last month to find furniture for the living room in our apartment. It is beginning to feel like a home.Read more
Kim and I have been in Beira, Mozambique for about a month and a half so far and are only just beginning to adjust to life in this new and beautiful place. Our transition has been a positive one as well as one fraught with difficulties, both expected and unexpected.Read more
This year began with a wonderful visit of the Global Ministries Africa Executive, Rev. Sandra Gourdet, to Beira. During her stay, Rev. Gourdet visited the parish of Massange, where she was received with a parade, as well as other local churches. One of the main items discussed during her visit was the coming of mission personnel from Global Ministries to serve with the United Church of Christ in Mozambique.Read more
Renamo declared the end of a 1992 peace deal after forced from the Mozambican government attacked and took over their base. "This irresponsible attitude of the commander in chief of the country's security forces signals the end of the Rome Peace Accords," said Renamo spokesperson Fernando Mazanga, referring to President Armando Guebuza.Read more