April 2017

My dear friends,

3 months have passed since I last wrote you and once again it’s more than time …

I have just come back from another trip to Zimbabwe … another trip I decided to take by faith ‘cause my eyes still need healing and are really not in a place to drive all day which I needed to ‘cause the places we went to were far, but by the grace of God we managed to get to all the places and back … praise Him … during our outreaches we saw lives being touched, people inviting Jesus to come into their lives and went to visit a church we planted last time we were in Zimbabwe, I did teaching for the leaders and ministered in their Sunday morning service … it was good to see the fruit from our last outreach … praise God!!

I should also mention for me to be able to travel I need a miracle at immigration … I submitted my papers to renew my residency here in january, not knowing that they had just changed the process of renewing … I have been here for more than 10 years which means I can apply for a 5 year permit now, which is almost the same price as the 1 year permits I used to get … it was quite a challenge to even get the papers submitted cause their ‘example paper they had on the wall was wrong, so I had to write it all again a few times and until I got it right and get it stamped from religious affairs again, before my old permit expired, so that I didn’t have to pay a fine … anyways, I managed, but the thing is that the national director of immigration has to authorize those now, which means in Maputo, not in Chimoio, and everything there can take months or even years … . To make a long story short, for quite a while I was without any document ‘cause I had to hand in my previous one to get it renewed and noone knew when I could go for the interview to get at least the paper that says I am okayed to stay and waiting for my original. After passing by there and calling every week the lady who is in charge of residences here in the province of Manica surprised me by telling me that she spoke to director of immigration here and he said I could come for the interview, even though there is no permission from Maputo (the capital city) yet … all I can say is that this is an answer to prayer ‘cause in this country they never decide anything without permission from their superiors ‘cause they are afraid … but if it wasn’t for that we couldn’t have gone to Zimbabwe ‘cause one can’t leave the country without having your papers … . As usual God puts everything into place to accomplish His plans … 😉

At the Loving the Nations Center …
Our children are doing well, being transformed into the image of God more & more … there are many now … 26 children, 3 more coming within the next couple of days, and 3 adults … 32 total … I am grateful for each one of them, trusting the Father will take care of them, provide for all their needs, ‘cause each one is loved by Him very much … there are also 3 girls that we really had to take in even though the houses for girls are not ready yet, but we are doing our best to build as fast as we can … yes, after calling my neighbor, the mere, things speeded up a bit and we got our building permit!!
We lost some of our maize and rice we planted due to the excessive rains this year, but still have quite a bit that should hopefully be ready for harvest in a month from now . Until then we need to survive somehow … . I bought lots of maize last year, at the time when it was cheap, but I wasn’t counting on that many children so quickly; I am grateful though that it lasted until April, thank God!
Also, if anyone has an idea about a container we need one now now to store the maize we will harvest soon. This past year we used one of the houses, but we need that house now to receive more children … there are still children on the street I’d like to see living with us …

In the prison …
God is moving there, despite of lots of hindrances & obstacles, we keep overcoming! In march we did another baptism 

In the hospital …
I managed to get our ‘prayer permission’ renewed … I used to do that every year, this time I decided to give them a paper that doesn’t have a date and they signed it, which means it can be used in the years ahead without end … 😉

Both the prison- and hospital team have grown a lot, which is an answer to prayer …

The last 3 youth services the chairs were not enough … may the Lord continue to bring the youth together before His throne …; besides many people there has also been a tremendous presence of the Lord … .

The children at the Iris Center are doing well … still going there once a week whenever I can …

In between the things I’m doing on a regular bases I’m trying to invest as much time as possible in discipling young leaders …

Last but not least … a personal note … I am not single anymore … we have known each other since 2009, working together building the kingdom in the prison, hospital, on outreaches, both of us not thinking for years that there would ever be more than a friendship, until God started to speak to both of us independent of each other. Both of us have a calling to the nations, we really understand each other when we talk, are one in the spirit, our giftings & callings match, both of us have just been serving God, not being interested in marriage … . God poured a love for each other into both of our hearts we can’t explain, it’s way more than romance, it’s supernatural. Years back I made a list of more than 20 things I desire in a husband, in case I ever get married and he has all 20 of them … . Since last year I felt in my spirit there is a major change coming in my life, just didn’t know what it was, but I believe it’s that, to do things with a partner. On top of all of that just a few days after my future husband confessed his love to me, a prophet (a real prophet) from Congo I had just met once before showed up at my house telling me that the Lord woke him up the night before telling him to tell me that ‘what God has for me from now one I won’t be able to do by myself, but God has chosen a man to be at my side ….’. Now this prophet didn’t know anything about what was happening between us … he had scheduled a trip back to South Africa, but the Lord didn’t allow him to go until I came back from Zimbabwe and he’d deliver this message to me … crazy … to make it short I have perfect peace and his name is Camilo …

Greetings from Africa, protection from on high & every blessing,
Claudia