Dear Friends ~
Pictured on the header this month is a group shot of the Nacala Team and the Vocational Centre Students... doesn't it look beautiful? We love the bright colours and exquisite light of Africa. Everything around is starting to turn dry and dusty after the cooler, rainless months, and it will be another four months before the rains come again, but the vibrancy of the African soul can never be diminished - especially one full of Jesus!
The event was a special one - made out of an ordinary one. Rod & Ellie have been visiting Nacala, and we received a series of teaching from Ellie on the Love Feast - otherwise known as Holy Communion. Jesus asked us to "do this often, in remembrance of Me." One morning, in place of devotions, we had breakfast together - team and students - and really took time to 'remember Jesus'. We recalled parts of the story of the Passion and retold them to each other, also giving testimony to what Christ has done in our own lives, as we ate breakfast together and fellowshipped and had "communion - things in common" with one another. After breakfast, we broke bread together and shared the cup. It was a marked morning, a time of bonding with one another and with Christ.
A highlight of this month - or year! - for Deborah was ministering with her mum Ellie Hein at the Regional Women's Conference for Afrika Wa Yesu's Northern Churches in Nampula. We had a blessed time together and it was inspiring to share about God's plan for women with this very mixed group of almost 300 women from city and bush churches as well as other denominations in Nampula.
Just last week Chris and Deborah travelled to Malawi while the kids stayed withe their Ouma and Oupa and had a whale of a time! Some of you may recall that Chris' right knee was totally destroyed in a motorcycle accident 16 years ago and the time came for him to have it replaced. Malawi has an excellent medical facility known as C.U.R.E. International - which specialises in joints, bones and muscles. They are a medical mission group serving in 26 countries worldwide, offering the life-changing message of God's love and surgical treatments. Their slogan: Adults pay a fee so kids can go free. In Malawi, we were able to get world-class treatment and a total knee-replacement for Chris' knee at a fraction of the cost. The doctors and staff were very attentive. We are very grateful for God's provision covering costs of the journey and procedure. Chris is recovering very well. Apart from the pain from the operation, his new knee is moving smoothly and he's working hard at his physiotherapy in order to get full range of movement.
Gabriel, Ashira and Mikayla had a very special time with Rod & Ellie. Currently we are preparing for our annual team conference which will be held in Nacala this year, it will be wonderful to have the team together again and have time learning and growing and fellowshipping together. Thank you all so much for your love, prayers and support. We value each of you.