The nations are being shaken, big nations and smaller nations. Mozambique too has been shaken through the death of Afonso Dhlakama, the main opposition leader. Not only was he a hero, but a father figure to more than half the nation. Personally, we lost a friend. This man opened the way for us to preach the gospel into the far forbidden regions of Mozambique. Since 1985 he continued to assist us in the most extreme of circumstances. Eventually we were privileged to help in return by flying Afonso Dhlakama and his delegation on many peace talk missions that finally led to the signing of the Mozambique Peace Accord in Rome. If you read our book, “Beyond the Shadow”, you will understand some of the depth and meaning of this event to us; and how important it was to be at the funeral. Reconnecting with friends whom we met in the bush so many years ago was an experience that cannot be adequately described. It was a day of deep emotion. Continue reading
Sometimes people ask us, “Describe a normal day in your life.”
Follow us on our amazingrace, and you will see that there is nothing as normal as the unexpected. Directing a ministry needs strategizing and planning in advance, yet life happens upon us and here in Mozambique there is a lot of happening that needs rapid response.
We do not run alone. Everything we do is woven into the lives of Team members and field workers. What we throw out they catch and what we drop they pick up. Thank you Afrika wa Yesu Team….you are the BEST!
Packed and ready to continue on our amazingrace from Nacala back to Inhaminga.
Our amazing race is taking us on some different routes these days. The armed military escorts and big trucks travelling in the convoy are as much of a hazard as the ambushes. Filled with fear they race in and out of cars, dodging pot holes big enough to fit a wheel barrow in. Several accidents and injuries have been caused without a shot being fired. This, coupled with long delays and sometimes having to sleep on the side of the road while waiting for military escort, has caused us to search out the old roads abandoned years ago.
No time to tell the stories, so we are depending on each picture to speak the proverbial ‘more than a thousand words’.
The Unspeakable Inhaminga Road
Finally, the final part of our AmazinGrace Egypt blog. It comes at a very apt time, after the birth of Christ, when it is time for Him to journey to Egypt.
I called My Son out of Egypt
Just over a year ago our grandson Gabriel, aged 10 at the time, shared his dream with me. “When I grow up, Ouma (Grandma), I am going to take you to Egypt! “That’s cool, Gabriel. What will we do in Egypt?” ‘I’ll take you to the pyramids, we’ll find pharaoh’s tomb and we can get some of the treasure.” “Oh? Then what will we do with the treasure?” “We’ll go to Italy!” ‘Italy? I’d love to see Italy. What’s your plan for Italy?” “To buy a Ferrari and drive it all the way to Argentina, that’s what.” Gabriel is a Formula One racing fan and like his Oupa, he backs the Ferrari Team. “Wow Gabriel! I can’t wait!”
Well it turned out I couldn’t wait and am feeling a little bad about getting to Egypt before Gabriel.
The Great Pyramid of Khufu… Rod keeping his finger on things.
The desire to visit Egypt stirred in our hearts three years ago when the nation was thrown into turmoil during the ousting of President Mubarak and the take-over of the Muslim Brotherhood. Continue reading
THE GORONGOSA PLAINS – one of Africa’s most beautiful game parks – just 40 minutes from our Gorongosa wa Yesu Church. Continue reading
Amazing Race, Amazing Sunrise. Filling up at Caia, Zambezi River.
The long African road requires an early start, long before dawn. Fortunately for me, I am accustomed to awakening the dawn. When I was a child, my father always rose very early, as he had to be at work at first light. Often he would find me at the window, looking out into the dark. “What are you doing? It’s still dark!” I would respond, “I’m waiting for the morning.” Continue reading
In a place where there was much political turbulence, and where periodic fighting and death was just a few kilometres away; we are privileged to proclaim the Peace of Jesus Christ and Salvation in His Name, to the small, yet hardly insignificant, town of Gorongosa. Continue reading