May 2011 Using communication to mobilize people, prayer & resources for the work of Youth With A Mission in Africa and around the world.
BUILDING MISSIONS IN MOZAMBIQUE In April we travelled as a family with AfriCom to Maputo. There we trained missionaries, visited community projects & recorded stories to share with others. Keziah worked as an Assistant Photographer! When we arrived in Maputo to run a communication workshop, we didnâ€™t realize that the YWAM team there were in the middle of raising funds to purchase the plot of land that houses their ministry and training centre. We had timed our trip for the school holidays - driving from Cape Town with the car filled with the Heathcote family and 3 other AfriCom team members â€“ and it turned out the timing was perfect for YWAM Maputo as well as for the school calendar! We have seen the positive impact of good communication on missionary teams. By developing their ability to communicate, missionaries become better equipped to do their work in all sorts of ways: they understand their own team better and do better at their interpersonal communication; they appreciate the role of cross-cultural
communication and can better manage their interactions with people from other cultures, both on their team and in the communities in which they work; they are able to communicate more effectively with their ministry partners â€“ those people who pray for their work and who generously donate to keep it running; they are able to recruit others to join their ministry team and help them to carry the vision towards fulfillment. As well as teaching, our team took photos and video footage so that we can support the team by providing resources for their fundraising initiative. We are looking forward to seeing the progress on the malaria treatment centre and the primary school that are planned once the land purchase is complete. Go here to watch a short V-blog about the trip, with some feedback from the workshop participants.
Emmanuelle turns 3! In April Manu celebrated her third birthday ... and as a family we celebrated the gift that this vibrant, intelligent, strong-minded little person is to us! Emmanuelle is loving every minute of her time at pre-school and is sure to make friends just as easily wherever she goes!
MeeEng comms directors from other mission agencies
For some time YWAM leaders in Africa have desired to see more workers mobilized into central Africa. Story-telling is a powerful way to share the needs in faraway places and to give people the opportunity to get involved, so in March one of our mission communicators travelled with a photography intern to Sudan. (Check out this video clip to see how the two girls looked after their rough trip!) After taking planes and busses, they hiked 10 hours with YWAM missionaries from northern Uganda, to meet with the remote Issore people and to record some of their stories in video and photos. Our next YWAM Africa magazine will feature an article and a photo story from this hard-to-reach part of Africa: look out for it!
Life in the UK - what will it look like?
As you know, a,er 8 years of establishing a network of missions communicators to serve YWAM teams in Africa, we are passing over leadership of the network so that we can develop other aspects of our personal ministries. Peter Clemison is the lucky fellow who will help steer AfriCom into the next season! Pete is a BriEsh YWAMer whose wife, Becky (also BriEsh) grew up in Nigeria. You should hear her speak Nigerian pidgin, it's awesome! A,er working with World Vision and Scripture Union, Pete and Becky did their DTS with YWAM Muizenberg and since that Eme Pete has been working with AfriCom. His background is in fundraising, so you can see why we were keen to recruit him!
From July we will become part of the YWAM community in Harpenden, where we will work with a small team focusing on YWAM’s global communicaEon iniEaEves. In reality this will mean doing a lot of similar work to what we have been doing, but instead of telling stories about YWAM in Africa the focus could be anywhere in the world. The goal of our communicaEon is the same: giving more people the opportunity to engage in missions, whether by praying for people, giving to projects or going somewhere themselves.
Needless to say, the last thing we want to do is dump AfriCom and run! Over the last months we have been working with Pete to make the leadership transi3on as smooth as possible. (Though he might have something to say about his bapEsm of ﬁre in rural Angola!) It's not easy to take on board everything about YWAM Africa's 100+ locaEons in one go! But slowly he has been meeEng ministry leaders from diﬀerent locaEons and next week he will travel with Tim to meet the Africa Leadership Team. We have also formed a local eldership group to meet regularly with Pete and the team to oﬀer support and to pray for them. Tim and I will oﬀer cyper‐support from England(!) and no doubt sEll help out with the odd project where needed.
One of our primary objecEves for returning to our home naEon is to work on support raising. For this reason we will be in the UK for a minimum of 12 months and although we know we would like to return to South Africa a,er that, at this stage we are not completely certain what will come next. We'd love it if you would conEnue to pray for the next step on our missionary journey to become clear.
House sold, just in time! Just a couple of weeks ago we accepted an offer on our house: hooray! When we leave at the end of June, the family who are buying the house will move in as renters until the sale goes through. Thanks for all your prayers – the timing could not be more perfect!
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