We had a great time visiting 3 of our 19 Balama churches last weekend, meeting the children, and seeing all we’ve accomplished
Bishop Chisale was appointed by our International leaders who are based in Blantyre, Malawi (Living Waters of Blantyre has churches in 4 countries).
He took office in January, due to the death of our previous leader, who died of a heart attack last year. HESPEAKSENGLISH, so this is a great plus for Dawn and I, as we now have someone we can easily communicate with on the national level, (and he has email!)
Since the Bishop’s Portuguese and knowledge of Moz. is very limited, 2 executive members of the national office came with to show him the bus route that leads to Balama. Takes 3 looong days on public transportation to get from TETECITY, our national headquarters, to Balama, so it is no easy ride.
Got a call from the Bishop after he arrived home on Wednesday. Said he felt like he had FLU! After a few questions, I quickly diagnosed it wasn’t flu but MALARIA, which he had never experienced. PTL he was able to get the treatment needed to kill it out, and is now on the road to recovery.
DAWN has worked in the southern part of Mozambique for a total of 18 months in the last 2 years. When the ministry leaders had to leave due to their children’s health problems, DAWN began looking for another group within Moz. to work with. Her heart is CHILDREN, so she contacted me, and the doors opened from their for her to join us.
I truly appreciate her leadership skills, fun personality, maturity, and deep understanding of this culture and how things work in this country. She has stepped in and taken many jobs from my shoulders in the last 3 weeks. Presently, she is studying Portuguese to increase her vocabulary.
An accountant with a Business Administration Degree, makes her super valuable, as she has “business savvy” that is of great value around here.
So pray for her as she travels on Monday, May 7th, to get the special “residency visa” needed to stay in this country.
Eric Dry will host her while in RSA.
She is learning our programs at a rapid pace, and will return just in time for the bean sacking that will begin May 11th.
It is GREAT having a person here who truly feels “called” to Moz., and who’s heart’s desire is to stay long term.
She really misses the cool spring days that her home state Michigan is having right now. But the cold is coming early to Moz., as our morning temps are down to 59F, (19 C). We usually do not feel these kinds of temps till end of May, so God is changing the season to cool and dry a bit earlier than usual.
RSA is already quite cold, so “Polar Bear” Dawn is ready to go cool off for a few days!
We received our buyer’s license this week, prayed for 100 TONSOFBEANS, and the flood gates opened!
The Mecuti area that I told you about last week, supplied us with over 40 TONS this week. (and are now tapped out)
THISIS A GODTHING, as this area NEVER has beans in any great quantity.
We didn’t got fetch 1 bean!
The village farmers organized local trucks that can carry up to 2 tons and brought the beans to us! Quite a site to see on Wednesday, as we had 5 small trucks lined up at our gate by 5a.m. waiting to unload. Good thing too, for our larger 6 and 7 ton trucks couldn’t get into the areas where the beans were located.
GODHASMADE A WAY, WHERENONESEEMEDPOSSIBLE.
Capena, our village food coordinator, distributed 500 feed sacks this week to several villages that have some beans.
Those beans are being sacked as I write this, and we plan to fetch them sometime this week, hoping to complete the 100 tons.
I was super proud of all our staff and bean team yesterday, as they accomplished the following simultaneously with only minimal help from Dawn and I.
1. Distributed 2 tons of food to 300+ widows and orphans at our normal Thursday food give out.
2. Weighed, sacked, and stacked 20 TONSOFBEANS (400 sacks that each weigh 120 lbs. or 60Kg).
3. Capena and Fred got all the staff salaries paid by NOON, as the 30th was April pay day.
We have never attempted such a massive program in 1 day, and I take my hat off to them for making it happen.