Friday in Mozambique: A Day of Joyful Visits
We were up early after a good night's rest in Mwanza. Pastor Carlos (one of the two pastors for the 60+ Presbyterian churches in Tete Province) met us and escorted us to our first stops. First, a new well near the Zobue school. Then on to Canhungue where the local people have dug the foundation for a new school and carried rocks to reinforce it. The team saw first hand how the bricks were formed by hand and shaped into a mound to be fired.
Khanga was our next destination where the drama team taught crucial lessons on child abuse and HIV-aids through riveting and hilarious skits.
Then we hurried to Mameme because we heard they were waiting at the church to see us. It was not a scheduled visit but we all wanted to go. Mameme is the third church plant by the same family! When we got there, they joyfully and exuberantly greeted us, fed us a meal of nsema and goat and then presented us with gifts of a live goat and a big bag of corn. The village chief said, "We are the happiest people ever in this community because of your visit and all you have done. We believe The Lord will continue blessing you as He is blessing us." We found out that they had been waiting for us for over five hours and hadn't even eaten yet today! How long do you suppose Americans would wait for late visitors? I am afraid they would find the church locked up and the lights out after just a short time!
May we keep the doors of our hearts open always for these people just as our Lord is keeping His open for us for an eternity.
Blessings from the Team