“Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!” - Psalm 93:3
I “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, He has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of our Lord. Luke 4:18-19
f there were any easy way to describe the fullness of our lives the past couple of months, this would still be a very long letter! Packed with adventure, challenges, blessings and growth, we’ve been there and back again and are ever ready for more. After a trip to Zimbabwe to renew passports and check in with Gabriel’s physiotherapist, we were so delighted with a precious family vacation with Rod and Ellie (Mum and Dad). For two weeks we enjoyed the stunning coastline of Pomene, in the south of Mozambique. It was the kids’ first camping holiday, and Mum and Dad looked after us so well! If you receive Ellie’s newsletters, you will know that this was her chilhood holiday place. Seeing different places my Mum has childhood memories of was incredibly special, and I was proud to walk alongside her as she showed me the rock paths, the ways over the dunes, reminisc-
ing of her family, especially her Dad who I never had a chance to meet, and her Mum who I miss terribly still today. The time has a special place in my heart. The church at Pomene Wa Yesu was a joy and delight - to finally see the faces and know the place where so many of the team have gone before and told us about, brought a sense of completion. Our children sang a song and coloured with the Sunday School class while Chris shared his heart in encouragement with the church. The area is so well looked after and Pastor Anisio clearly loves his congregation as he pours himself into the service and them enthusiastically. A blessing to see good fruit, Afrika Wa Yesu! Keep it up and glory to God! There is nothing like making memories with people love, even though you know you will enjoy memories of the past, making them happen is what gives you hope for the future.
aving completed their business course and received their tools, the students are hard at work learning their trade of carpentry. We are thrilled at the transformation that is taking place in each one, as they grow in personal confidence, practical ability, and develop their long term visions for their families and communities! Thomas Virgilio: “I thank God that I am here in this school. When I arrived I was like an empty envelope, with no knowledge of carpentry. It is such a blessing to learn how to make windows, toolboxes, and everything else that I will learn in the future! I still have trouble cutting straight, but I am applying myself to be perfect. I had never worked with tools but now I know how to sharpen and adjust them! I could not work with milimetres in the early days, and that caused me major problems, but thank God I know now. I hope that some day I can come to work with machines. I know that what I am learning here will make a difference in my life and my family’s life. Thank you for investing in my life. I pray God will use you more in the loves of other Mozambicans.” Pedro Carlos: “I have learnt how to use a tape measure, a square, and other instruments, and even now am already starting to see the fruits of my hands. I thank God for the lives of teachers that are being used by God to instruct us in this work. I have difficulties in making joints and cuts square and also in plaining well, so I ask for God’s help, but I am learning slowly and desire full knowledge so that one day I can be an instructor. Thank you.” Adelino Ernesto: “First, I thank God that by His will I am in this school, for me it is a great blessing, as it was an unexpected event in my life, but by His love, the Lord opened this door for me. The teacher’s explanations are very clear. I feel our time here is very short, soI don’t want to waste time, and want to learn as much as possible while I can. I want to thank God for the work of the general leadership that keeps the operation and growth of this center. God help you in the time to come and surrender everything in God’s hands. Amen!”
“From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.” Proverbs 12:14
Outreach and Evangelism
his month the Bible School and Vocational Centre students joined together to embark on an evangelistic outreach program. They divided into three groups, chose a team name, and spent time fasting and in prayer and intercession preparing the way before them. During this time of preparation, several visions and prophetic words came forth which were realised during their days on outreach. Team “Christ for the Nations”: We wish you grace and peace! Our time of evangelism was very good, in spite of a misunderstanding about our not being able to show the Jesus Film. Initially they were disappointed and did not receive us well during hut-to-hut evangelism, but when God has a plan, no one can stop it! He opened a door for the people of Miringuse through a healing which led people to receive the word of the gospel. At the services, God worked miracles, such as deliverance of those who had unclean spirits, seventeen people were healed of diseases and many people gave themselves to Jesus, among which thirteen were baptized in water. So we thank God, because our hearts were so comforted and our faith has grown because He acted in Miringuse through our hands! Praise the Lord Jesus! Team “The Lord is Our Banner”: We had a problem with our journey when the truck broke down and we needed to find another vehicle. After we were on our way again, that vehicle had a rear-wheel blowout! We did arrive safely, and were greeted with some difficulites in being received by the head of the town, who said that we could not work in that area for political reasons! But after some dialogue and clearer explanation of our purpose and through the grace of God, we were allowed to stay on and share the Word. We had left our bags with a store owner, who then allowed us to camp in his back yard. That night we prayed for him, and the next day he was healed and began to witness to his friends and give thanks to God. We went out to visit people in their homes and were welcomed, people were healed, delivered, and some burned their witchcraft artifacts! Jeff and Nicky were able to show the film and many people were touched and gave their lives to Jesus, and others came forward to receive prayer. There was much fruit and fifteen brothers were baptised on the last day. The people have a great thirst and hunger for God and need monitoring and foundations in the Word of God.”
“...so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
Team “The Lord’s Inheritance”: We went by boat to our destination, a team full of joy and singing praise to Jesus. On the boat was a Muslim lady who was not happy about our singing. She said we cannot sing those Christian songs, and another man also agreed with her. We delclared that we were not ashamed of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and continued to praise! By the time we got off the boat, the lady was enjoying the music and nodding her head in time to the beat, and even asked us to write down the words for her! When we arrived we split up in groups to spread the gospel, targeting the hospital, around the hospital and around all Namalala. The next day we saw miracles in the burning of certain traditional drugs and expulsion of evil spirits in some people, and we also had an evangelistic crusade at the school in front of the the teachers, students and people in general, Five souls accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour. On our last day we had a service encouraging the new converts to keep loving and serving Jesus, and the people are ready for us to return. The local authorities are happy to receive us in upcoming opportunities. We address our best thanks to the leaders and all who supported us.”
And Everything Inbetween
ur family continues to grow and change almost daily! Gabriel and Ashira have both had birthdays, and Mikayla is eagerly anticipating hers! It’s not really fair to be the youngest, and the one with the latest birthday! Rodney was here to celebrate Ashira’s birthday with us, as he is in the process of constructing a small cottage for he and Ellie to stay in when they visit the North. We were spoilt to have him with us for three weeks! For some of the time, Ellie was away in the US at Woman Arise, attending and speaking at the conference in Pensacola, “Apostolic Women: Rare, but not Impossible.” She returned in time for Gabriel’s birthday, and full of a new vision for the women of Mozambique, and indeed the world, to rise up and take their rightful place beside men in the Church. Along with incredible new revelation and isights, she brought us to realised that there is so much more to our Christian lives than just not sinning, but that we have an opportunity to grab a hold of all God has for us on an apostolic level. That we need to develop and apostolic vision for our families, and leave a lasting legacy beyond words and deeds that affects the spiritual realm for eternity! This is our destiny. This weekend we celebrate the inaugeration of Nampula Wa Yesu, and we also begin to get ready for the graduation of the Vocational students. For more photographs of Nampula Wa Yesu, student outreaches and their work, feel free to visit the Afrika Wa Yesu Vocational Centre Facebook page! We welcome you insights, comments and shares. Be blessed and encouraged by the Holy Spirit today, and thank you for sharing in our news! Together for His Glory,
Chris and Deborah, Gabriel, Ashira and Mikayla
and all at the Afrika Wa Yesu Vocational Centre
Ellie sharing at the Apostolic Women: Rare but not Impossible! Conference in Pensacola, Florida.