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.
Economic collapse and monumental corruption, ambushes, (when was war ever civil?), forced recruitment of soldiers, rape, pillage and killing of the innocent, displaced families, hunger, refugees…and more, has changed the face of Mozambique to a shadow of what it used to be. We continue to believe it will not get worse to the place it was was just over twenty years ago.
Of course it all depends where you live. Those living in cities with access to everything they need and who are not travelling in certain areas may be forgiven for stating there is ‘no problem’ in the country. Living in the central provinces is another story.
In the midst of it all we carry on as normally as possible. We build relationships, help one another, share the Love of Christ, pray for peace, doing all we can to make a difference. Evangelism and church visits continue, we are more passionate about our work for God than ever. Most of our Inhaminga Team have experienced some kind of ‘event’, whether it be in an ambush with their bus being filled with gunshot holes, coming upon burned vehicles, road blocks or smelling rotting corpses on the road. We have learned to value one another more than ever, to treasure each moment and opportunity we have. It’s a journey that is not easily defined, it is simply lived as best as possible, doing what we are called to do.
We just keep travelling on, as you see in these amazing grace photos, believing to come out to better things on the other side. Enjoy the ride with us.
Abandoned Homes ~ Getting nearer to the Satungira region we find abandoned huts, shops and villages. Unbeknown to us fighting was just starting in the area, by the end of the day it had erupted into full scale battles that lasted for more than a week and still continue to flare up. The road was subsequently closed to civilians to we had to come back another way.
It is always good to be home and to wake up in the morning to join the rest of the Team at Matchessa Frontal.