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
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
Hello from a flooded Mozambique where tens of thousands are homeless and have lost everything they ever had. In the midst of the tragedy here, we believe for a supernatural flood of Holy Ghost power and comfort for the people whose lives have been devastated.
When the Devil closes a door, God will open a lot more!
Pushing my bicycle through the long grass, reaching people we have never reached before.
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. Continue reading
The devil is a liar. He camouflages truth and lies in wait.
On Tuesday 4th March, FADM (government Frelimo Forces) launched an attack on Dimba valley below us. They did it from very close proximity to campus which was rather unsettling. Fighting continued for two days, then moved further away. Continue reading
This is TURNING POINT WEEK…up to 27th Feb where huge decisions affecting the future of the nation will be instated.
THE FLAG OF MOZAMBIQUE – was adopted on 1 May 1983. It includes the image of an AK-47 with a bayonet attached to the barrel and is the only national flag in the world to feature such a modern rifle.