Rod & Ellie's January Update                                                                                                View this email in your browser

Dear Friends...

Our New Year’s Day always starts with adventure. Last year it was the precarious flight from South Africa on New Year’s Day to a bush camp in Mozambique. This year we celebrated Old Year’s Night and New Year’s Day with a ‘Rock ‘n Roll’ marathon from Zimbabwe to Inhaminga. 

As we spent more time in Zimbabwe than is normal for us, some folk asked, 

Are you retired now?”

Retired? ... No, we are not tired!” Rodney’s response.

I (Ellie) have sometimes asked my husband, “Are we going to be doing all this till we drop?”

I always get the same response... "Probably."

So here we are … ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

Listen to Willie Nelson singing “On the Road Again” so good!

One, two, a one, two, three, four

On the road again,
Just can't wait to get on the road again,
The life I love is making music with my friends

And I can't wait to get on the road again,
On the road again,
Goin' places that I've never been,
Seein' things that I may never see again,
And I can't wait to get on the road again...”

Our rendition...

"On the road again
Like a band of disciples we go down the road
We're the best of friends
Calling the world to keep turning TO JESUS! 

I’m so glad to be on the road again!

Our first few days of 2022 are overflowing with good things. It is our pleasure to share them with all who partner with us in friendship, prayer or giving; each of which means more to us than we can say. 


Life’s a journey, enjoy the ride! 

Rod & Ellie

People ask us… are you retiring now? NO! But thanks to a magnificent Christmas gift from our kids, we are RETYRED with brand new tyres for our journeys on across the long African roads.

...They say his spirit lives on the Gorongosa mountain, not where he was buried in the village of his birth, Mangunde, Chibabava. This mountain is shrouded in mysticism, secrets of the ages, tradition and superstition. It is also incredibly beautiful with magnificent waterfalls running down. Driving past today, his absence is keenly felt, especially as today is his birth date. 

Speaking of Afonso Dhlakama, President and leader of Renamo, the man who opened the way where there was no way for us to preach the gospel throughout Mozambique years ago. He was our friend. See ‘Beyond the Shadow’.

We have crossed this bridge many times when flooded, even deeper than this. However, because of the colour of the water it was difficult to see the sides and knowing the edges are being gnawed away each year and potholes are deepening, it was good to have guides walking alongside.

The road continues in a long and slow rock and roll.

Though some rivers are full and there are a few green places, the rains have so far been erratic or non-existent. We need desperately need rain throughout the nation. Crops should already be growing tall but people have not even been able to plant yet. Amongst the thorns are pretty yellow flowers, we are praying for miracle rain!

Finally nearing Inhaminga, here trees grow beautiful and tall.

To be met with praise and prayer unto Jesus for our safe arrival.

And a table of delicious food spread out for us... Thank you familia Jo and Nota! How rich we are... how blessed we are.

In time for a beautiful service with Inhaminga wa Yesu Church. We give thanks with a grateful heart.


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