No time to tell the stories, so we are depending on each picture to speak the proverbial ‘more than a thousand words’.
Inhaminga to Beira and back, stopping only to renew work permits and a quick shop stop for supplies.
“Some people pay a lot of money to do this… We get to do it for free!” 13 hours of rocking and rolling, bouncing and sliding. Laughing, sighing, groaning and almost crying.
“Dear God, please don’t let us sleep here!” Twelve vehicles stuck in the road, all over the place. Some were semi-trailer trucks with earth loading equipment on top; an ambulance, three eight ton trucks, two buses, an overloaded logging truck. The sides of the road consist of swampy ditches, it is not possible to go around off the road without sinking even deeper.
Rod checked the route people were trying to take and getting themselves stuck. He decided that must be the worst route, really sticky with all the vehicles churning it up. His line of attack was a metre higher up the steep bank. Ellie got out the cruiser, preferring to walk through the mud. Rod took a run up the bank and at the top of the incline turned down the other side to stop the car rolling over, getting through the most difficult part, but now the narrow gap between two trucks had milimetres to spare on either side. He felt the cruiser starting to slide so he stopped and it gently slid sideways into a big truck, not damaging anything. Three guys came to push and as the mud was like grease it was easy to slide the cruiser just far enough off the big truck to go forward. The rest of the two kilometres was like a driving on grease but there were no vehicles in the road. After that it was thick mud but not difficult. Our off-road tyres helped a lot!
Central Mozambique is at War
We have narrowly escaped several ambushes. These include vehicles still burning, logs across the road, and cars being hit either before or after we passed by.
Rod came upon this burning truck and picked up two people whose small car was also set alight.
Famine and Food Relief
War and famine is a tragic combination we did not plan for. While Bible School, church planting, evangelism and regular missions continues, we are compelled to stretch our days longer, increase our energy and give ourselves to helping people desperate for food and help. These are difficult days, yet we are seeing some wonderful things taking place.
THANK YOU JESUS FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING HERE AT SUCH A TIME AS THIS.
THANK YOU FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE
THANK YOU AFRIKA WA YESU TEAM! You are incredible, amazing, strong, compassionate, determined. A Team we are proud to lead.