Amazingrace Shoe Shopping! (1shoes)
Our amazing race back to Inhaminga took us through Nampula to see how Pastor Lino was getting on with the foundations of Pastors Armando and Lurdes house. Lino volunteered to get this ‘dream’ started as it is so important to get the foundations straight and strong. He came all the way from Inhaminga to serve the Jo family in this way, ‘how good and how pleasant it is to see brothers living in unity’. Domingo and several other builders came from Inhaminga to help also. They will get as far as the money goes in making bricks, then the house will stand till more money comes in.
Onroad shopping……….. you can choose your shoes from a mixed up pile a couple of feet deep, select bags hanging on pole fencing; bananas or pineapples and a variety of other things along the side of the road. Even dizzy chickens being swung around by their legs to get your attention; (missed the pic) No need to go to a store, just onroad park and buy. Make sure your doors are locked so you don’t get robbed while shopping.
We stopped for lunch a little way past Nicoadala beside a large tree. This tree has a ‘protected sign’, it is the only big tree left where there used to be a forest. A man came out of the bushes to sit nearby, we asked him about the significance of the tree. He told us “This is the tree where we speak to our ancestors and do our ceremonial sacrifices. The tree tells us when it is going to rain and when we should plant our crops. We do ceremonial sacrifices here, then when the tree begins to shake and weep, we know the rain is coming soon and we should be ready to plant.” Animism is practiced all over Mozambique and people consult their ancestors about who they should marry, where they should build their house and almost every decision of life. The ancestors speak through a medium commonly known as a healer or witchdoctor.
As we approached the mighty Zambezi river now full and brown from the rains, we noticed the ‘Beware of the Crocodiles’ sign is getting a bit tatty. Due to several undesirable incidents on these banks, people will remember this river is full of crocodiles even with the sign gone.
While we were away some critters took up residence in our Machessa (the thatched hut that we meet in for team Safari dinners, prayer and fellowship.) This huge spider and green mamba were living in the BBQ grill built into the wall. We have lots of snakes here; puff adders, pythons, Mozambique spitting cobra, regular cobra, black mamba and other less harmful ones. We also have the golden orb spider together with a huge variety of other spiders. These can all be found any place on campus. Then in the forest behind our house we have vervet monkeys, samango monkeys, night apes, porcupines, red duiker, common brown duiker, tsuni, and two bushbuck. Birds, bees and butterflies are prolific, just beautiful
Inhaminga, in spite of so many snakes, is a very peaceful and quiet place. Sunshine is happy to be back on our front verandah. The view is very different from the Nacala Bay, but still beautiful and we totally love this place.
We were met by a bunch of singing and cheering students. They are hungry for the Word of God, up praying at 04:30 every morning. Six months of intensive training in Word, worship and practical hands on ministry prepares them to go out and bring great change in their nation. This class is being taught by Pastor Mariano, Director of Inhaminga Bible School.