When the Devil closes a door, God will open a lot more!
It is one month after the fighting started at Inhaminga. Miraculously, the town as a whole carries on much as normal. The people from Dimba valley are scattered to different areas, many of them still living in the bush near our campus. The barrage of rockets, machine gun fire, AK 47’s launched at them several times, followed by soldiers setting fire to homes is reason enough to run. And run they did, carrying babies, dragging small children by the hand, some even carrying their chickens and pulling their goats as they were able. They will not return to their homes till all the soldiers are gone, and until they believe it is secure. Many have no homes to return to as they have been burned to the ground.
Decisions are not made in retrospect but from the viewpoint of present perspective. Even in retrospect we cannot always judge whether the decision made was right or not. We have to remain true to what we believed was right at the time, or we will never reach the place of believing we hear God.
One of our most painful decisions was to send our Bible School Students home. Three had already asked to go home, several were wavering, but there were those who were adamant that they wanted to stay no matter the risks. One of these stood up and with great boldness and respect, asked us to make another way for them to continue their studies. Praise God for AWYesu Nacala who without hesitation agreed for us to send them up North to join the students there. They were warmly received and are doing great. Thank you Jeff and Nicky and all Nacala Team!
Our continued visits to people living in the bushes has brought into focus a very real need right on our doorstep. The kids from Dimba were sitting around with nothing to do. Parents did not want them to leave the grass shelters in case of danger. Hanging in space between a frightening experience and an even more uncertain future is not a good place to hang. Why not open our premises for these children to have school in the lecture room? In His faithfulness, God has opened the door for us to receive children and youth on campus for study, ministry and play. It is a miracle for the local department of education to allow a government school to function on private property.
We are reaching people that we never reached before, walking, biking, visiting them in the bush where they have made their rough shelters. We are personally distributing plastic sheeting to keep the rain off families huddled under the shelters. The plastic is very valuable to them, most of them cannot afford to buy it.
By the amazing grace of God, that which was set to happen at Inhaminga did not happen. We believe the fervent and effective prayers of many all over the world stayed the hand of the enemy. Everyone prayed at a level more intense than before. Could it be that the backup troops that had already been deployed, never arrived because of this increase of fervency in prayer? If all had carried on as normal without the prayer increase, could the enemy have broken through the previous prayer line and brought in the huge contingency of back up troops and arms? If this had happened, Inhaminga people could have died, we could have lost students and we could have lost team members. In view of all this, we are at peace with the decision that was made.
While the students left, we ourselves with our most key leaders never left. The workers continue on campus every day, children run and play and study. Together we are holding up the standard!
We are trusting God. We believe that He is bringing good out of what the devil meant for harm, and that at the end of it we shall count a harvest bigger than we ever dreamed. We praise God for the willingness of Afrika wa Yesu Team to love and serve the people of Mozambique. God is doing a wonderful thing in our midst.
Please continue to pray for Mozambique, the nation continues in crisis with an ever increasing threat to peace and stability.