Dezember 2016

My dear friends,

I hope you had a joyful celebration remembering that our Lord & precious savior Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem …
My apologies for not writing you before Christmas like every other missionary … I just couldn’t find the time … but what I can tell you is that I had the privilege of celebrating the birth of Christ in a special way in 4 places this year …
1st in the men’s high security prison (on dec 21st)… despite of the tense situation there at this present moment they allowed us to do a big service with about 800 people (basically trusting God with us for security) … we worshipped God, preached, led many to start a relationship with Christ, prayed for healing & deliverance and distributed bread, soft drinks, cookies and sweets to all of them (and gave what was left to be distributed to those that had to remain in the cells) … what amazed me was that when I went to the prison the next day to do the bible study everywhere people were talking about Jesus, even the officials working there evangelizing the Muslims … and they gave glory to God ‘cause for some reason that day there was no lunch in the prison (there’s never breakfast) and so what we had given them had saved the day for them 😉 … . I also heard that they talked about our church that we gave to everyone, ‘cause God loves everyone whereas the Muslims only give among themselves when they give something … pray with us for the Holy Spirit to be poured out there even more and the whole prison turning to Christ … nothing is impossible for God!!
2nd in the women’s prison (on the 23rd)… there was great joy (there always is when we show up there), but on that day even more 🙂 … we used the opportunity to have ALL the women present (except the 2 that were too sick to come) to share the good news about Jesus with them and receiving Jesus into their lives … . We gave them the same things as in the men’s prison plus a wrap around skirt for everyone … I had this in my heart for quite a while to bless them in that way this year and God graciously provided all the finances we needed to show them the love of God in such a practical way …
3rd with our children (the former street children) that live with us now at the Loving the Nations centre (on the 24th)… some have come of the street very recently … please pray for them to stay and their lives being transformed … there was new clothes for everyone, even shoes this year, cookies, sweets, presents and a new soccer ball … there was great joy 🙂 ! I learnt living here that even the 14 year old boys enjoy playing with little cars cause they’ve never ever before had a toy in their lives … the gifts we gave them no child in the western world ‘d care about but here they were ecstatic and we had to stop them almost by force after sometime just to take a picture … . And of course a good meal with lots of meat, spaghetti, salad and soft drinks … .
4th on christmas eve with my german friends … no christmas tree either, no candles, but lots of good conversations and some nice german food …
5th with the children at the Iris centre (on the 25th) … we had a church service first ‘cause it was a Sunday only the message I shared was focused on Christmas and in a way that works for children … we had another church visiting, joining us and they brought a big cake to celebrate the birthday of Jesus with us … then a big lunch and clothes and presents for everyone after that … it was fun 🙂 … but believe me I was tired when I got home 😉 …

Also, once more I had the privilege to come with all “my” children to Casa M’sika (on dec 16th & 17th) …. It was an effort to get the paper from social welfare, but worth the effort … this time the children saw the zebras and giraffes :D, enjoyed swimming in the pool, ate lots of good food, slept in a holiday resort, climbed a mountain, sang very well for the other guests … I praise God for his amazing grace to go to such a place without paying anything …

There’s other good news besides that … just briefly, so I don’t take too much of your time …

I’ve been back to Zimbabwe with my wonderful team for church planting & leadership training,
visited many churches, preached in the rural areas
did tons of teachings every week here in Chimoio,
as well as another Kairos course,
we are still going to the hospital every week to heal the sick,
had amazing youth services (even more amazing than before, the chairs weren’t even enough),
another celebration of new lives in the prison (baptism)
I got to go to an island near Beira to rest for 2 days with friends
we managed to publish the existence of Loving the Nations in the ‘newspaper of the Republic’, it made it safely to Chimoio, we got our definite certificate, our tax number and finally after organizing a pile (literally) of paper managed to do the last step opening a bank account so that even when I leave here things can continue …
after them loosing our papers at the municipal office and then writing them wrong twice the new property (where we want to build houses for girls) is completely ours (I finally decided to go to my neighbor, the mere of the city ‘s house, so that same day the certificate was issued), so now I’m working on the construction permit …
we were able to get a humongous field in an area close to the mountains which means if it rains anywhere it’s there, there is also a small river along one side … I’m truly grateful to God our Father cause something like that is basically impossible to get … and we already planted maize, beans, peanuts and rice …
my back is much much better,
more street children came by themselves and said they wanted to live at our centre …

All this is an answer to prayer I believe … please keep praying & believing God with us … He has already done so much and we believe He has many more miracles in store as we just ask Him … glory, honor & praise be to Him who sits on the throne alone, forever and ever, Amen!

May our loving Father grant you a good start of the New Year with Him …
Thank you for standing with us!
May Jesus bless you all!!
Greetings from Africa,
Claudia

September 2016

Hello everyone,
here they’d say hello brothers & sisters 😉

time is flying … I left here mid june … had a blessed time in the western world and now I am back in Africa … I didn’t get a whole lot of rest, but I do feel refreshed and spoiled by so many of my amazing friends … God and you have been good to me … my pilot’s license is renewed, too … I believe the plane is coming … if you feel led to pray please do so … 😉

My house was dirty !! (as usual). For someone who doesn’t live here it’s hard to image the amount of dust. And even though I spent quite a bit of time cleaning my house and had friends helping me there are still things to be done here … 😉
I’ve had lots of visitors since I’ve been back and it’s been great to catch up, hear their hearts, answer questions, have the privilidge of giving advice and mentor the next generation leaders …

I am grateful for the team that has been faithful in going to the prison & hospital as well as those that are taking care of the children … it looks like they got the vision, heart and passion … it’s so rare to find people like that here …
Our children are doing well, but my heart longs to see their lives transformed, on fire for God, and I pray for the Father to bring those still lost and dying out there home to a safe place … it’s more a spiritual battle than anythiing else … they even know and say they need deliverance …

We’ve had an amazing amazing youth service last sunday … God’s presence was so strong that we didn’t know how to end it … the same thing happend the sunday before when I was teaching at my house … praise be to the Lord Jesus! More of that … 😉

To make it short, I’ve been busy, but it’s been good … 😉
Greetings & blessings,
Claudia

April 2016

My dear friends,

as usual it is more than time to write & share with you what has been happing here … . After it has been hot hot for months it is now cold cold & raining for days. I am wearing 2 thick sweaters, drinking hot tea, trying to survive while I am still cold :(.

Sometimes I feel like one of these people that does juggling, trying to keep 30 balls in the air at the same time …

On the property
One of our children, Aderto (the oldest one), has been away from home for 10 years. He left in 2006 when he was 6 years old to live on the street, looking for food. He has been staying with us for almost a year and a half now. On the 3 rd try we finally managed to find his mother who lives in Gondola and the joy was great on both sides. She shared with us that last year in December she started to pray that she’d see her son again, in case he was still alive. It was at that exact time that Aderto told us he’d like to go to see his family during the school holidays. How God does things … .
Unfortunately most of our maize has also died in the drought like everyone else’s in our area. There are very few places that have a harvest this year, so we need to be wise to get as much as can while there is still any. What makes things difficult is that the maize meal factory is going everywhere with their trucks and they’re convincing the people to give to them by paying more money than what is the current price which make the price go up everywhere and for everyone. So counting on that we can get what we need we’ve to pay at least one third more than what we had planned.
The roof of our kitchen blew off during a storm and part of the building was destroyed, too, so we used the opportunity to renovate and make a better kitchen (still mozambican style though). Also the 4 th house that already had the walls more than half way completely collapsed and all our cement bricks broke, because we hadn’t built the pillars yet, so we had to start again. I hope we’ll still be able to finish building the house and that before our building permit expires.
We’re trying our best to grow as much as we can ourselves … tomatoes, onions, salad, sweet potatoes, manioc, beans, green vegetables … planted different kinds of fruit trees … . Things have always been expensive here, but since last year they are really expensive, so it’s good to have as much as we can ourselves, besides of the idea of being self sustaining at some point as much as possible.
On good Friday I went out to do an introduction to communion for the church the guys have started in February. To my surprise I found about 70 people there on a Friday evening. When I spoke about Jesus dying for us and who can participate in communion 6 people converted, asking for the forgiveness of their sins and receiving Jesus as their Lord and savior, then we went on with the teaching and took communion together. On Sunday I went back to preach about the resurrection and what that means for us …; we had a great time celebrating with the church and the children a special Easter feast 🙂 . One of the guys there started a preschool and he does a great job!
The pastors-­ and leaders training I’m doing there one Saturday a month is already going on for 3 months and it has been amazing each time. When we were given the property God put on my heart to not only do something for the children, but also help the churches in the area by teaching their pastors & leaders. In a vision I saw pastors hungry for the truth coming from a certain direction and it is really happening. Many are walking far distances in order to participate. They are leaving their houses at 5 a.m in order to get there by 9 a.m and after we finish they still have to walk back.

The registration/legalization of Loving the Nations here
We have the signature of the governor!!!!!!!!!! Which means we are officially/legally registered 🙂
Unfortunately things don’t finish there as I’ve found out :(. We still need to publish our existence in the ‘bulentim de republica’ (a journal given out by the government) which is not only crazy expensive, but also very difficult ‘cause there are many many that want/need to publish something there. Despite of me constantly going to the city counsel it took me 1 month to get the paper we needed from them that says we’ve completed the requirements for publishing. So finally we’re in the process of handing in the papers in Maputo now. It takes someone constantly going there, reminding them and checking on it and so far we have no idea who in Maputo could do that. Please pray with us for a miracle that we get this done within 3 months ‘cause otherwise we’ve to pay again what we paid here in Chimoio. The problem is that without the publishing you don’t get a tax number and without that you can’t open a bank account and … .

In Dombe
We found people hungry for the word … and praise the Lord it didn’t rain ‘cause the ‘church building’ had hardly an covering on top … .
As we started to drive back we needed a miracle … . When I started the engine the engine check light went on and I noticed that there was no power. I pressed the accelerator with hardly an effect. Hm. If we had been in a place where the ground was more or less flat it wouldn’t have been too had, but we were in the mountains and in order to get back we needed to drive up and down high mountains and the road was steep. I kept driving and asked everyone to pray. What else could I do? We were in the middle of nowhere. We somehow made it uphill each time and after we prayed for about an hour the car was okay and engine check light went off. This country gives you many opportunities to learn how to pray and whatever the problem is almost always Jesus is your only option … ;-­)

In Guro
As soon as we arrived we went to the new prison to preach there. It was easy cause the new director used to be the commander at the provincial prison in Chimoio and therefore knows us well. It was a privilege to be the first ones going there to share Christ with them. Everything is still brand new and not everything is finished there yet. It’s the 2 nd largest prison of the province of Manica where I’m staying. We felt the presence of the Lord as we ministered.
Then we went to the hospital to pray for the sick. One of our team members was not feeling well either, according to the symptoms he most probably had malaria; we tried to get medicine, but it was not possible. So we prayed and he was okay ;-­).
After that we managed to get to the ‘church’ just on time before it poured down rain with a heavy thunderstorm for hours. In Chimoio the electricity was off for 2 days as a result of that. Anyways. So we used the time pouring our hearts out to pray, interceding for Guro for more than 3 hours.
After my experience last year with the 1 Million ants in my sleeping bag, shirts, pants, hair … I decided to sleep in the car this time, which is not the greatest either, but still better I thought. With one lightning after another it was brought daylight for most of the night. When the water started to enter through the door I was sleeping next to I decided that this was taking it too far and commanded that to stop ‘right now’ and it stopped – at least.
After we ate the last dry bread for ‘dinner’ out in the rain (we couldn’t go inside cause there were other people) I wondered what we would eat the next day, but the Lord took care of us … .
Throughout the next day I stayed behind cause the church that was hosting us had requested me to teach there, while the team went from house to house, sharing the gospel and inviting people for the evening when we showed the Jesus film … .

In Macate
I went there last weekend to teach … to my surprise I found a church full of people even though we had only announced the seminar 2 days before …
On Saturday evening … after removing the obstacle of a drunken man that had entered the ‘church building’ the moment I started speaking, opening the evening session … I did a brief teaching on listening to the voice of the Lord. After I finished the teaching I let them pray & hear for each other in pairs . Then someone stood up that was obviously deeply moved. He shared that before he came he had seen me in a vision and I had been telling him things from Lord and now this was happening. We had never met before. The next morning after an intensive time of prayer one of the pastors got up and shared that as we prayed an angel of the Lord came to him and showed him a white piece of paper on which was written the verse out of the book of Revelation ‘listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the churches’ and he commented that he thought that was being shared was from me but now He knew it was from the Lord … .
Sometimes when I have in my heart to go to places I wonder if it is God who asks me to go, but at least in this case it obviously was … .

Besides that I went to Inchope, Manica and and … .

In the prison
We had another baptism this week 🙂 . The preparation wasn’t easy … the water stopped flowing … so those heroes there carried water in 20liter canisters from far until the 2000 liter baptism tank had enough water, so we could do the baptism. Also that morning for some reason my alarm didn’t go off, even though it was on … crazy … this has never happened before … when I heard someone knocking at the gate I looked at my alarm clock and jumped out of bed at the same time … some days don’t start as you’ve planned … .
In may the 2 years of ‘ bible school’ which I do there on Thursdays will be finished, so the students will graduate .. .
The 24 prayer had paused for a bit cause many were transferred to other prisons and new people came, but now they’ve started again :).

In the hospital
Still going regularly, looking forward to what God will do there … want to see the kingdom of God manifest … people are so open & grateful every time … .
Recently there was a new doctor that didn’t allow us to pray on her ward, so we prayed in front of it … for the patients, blessing her and declaring that she’d either change her mind, not work on Tuesdays anymore or be transferred … don’t know what happened but haven’t seen her anymore for 1 month now … ;-­)

The counselors
training Is almost over already … on Wednesday evenings my house is full … . It was a lot of work to translate all the teachings into Portuguese, but seeing the impact it makes on those participating and they are all people from different churches capable to teach others which I hope they’ll do cause no one has ever heard anything about inner healing here … . You have to start somewhere … .

Maybe let me share one more thing … I think I shared with you that God put in my heart to do a mixture of discipleship & teaching at the university that we have here now, ‘to train the future leaders’ was what He told me. We’ll see. I am there now every Tuesday evening for 3 months (until I go to Europe in June). Don’t have words to describe what is happening there each time. It’s like in the discipleship group I have on Sunday evenings at my house. Each evening is special. They are soooo open, receiving the word and putting it into practice immediately. The presence of God is almost tangible each time. It’s like as if they’ve been waiting for someone to come. It’s one of these good works the Lord had prepared according to Ephesians 2:10 I think … .

Anyways, as you can see I am not bored … ;-­‐)

Pray for me & us …
Greetings & blessings to all of you,
Claudia

Januar 2016

My dear friends,
I hope this finds you all well …

Here in Chimoio I’ve had a great time celebrating Christmas with the children, first on the 24 th with those that have come of the street and are now living on the Loving the Nations property and then on the 25 th with those from Iris Ministries. Lots of presents, sweets and food -­‐ as they like it ;-).

God’s been good to me, taking care of me & those with me in every way. I’ve been invited by the owner of Casa M’sika to come back with the children for another night of Christmas carols & candlelight dinner. The kids did a great job singing carols there, some even in English, which took quite a bit to teach them, but they did well. They had fun going for a walk to see the animals, swimming in the pool and just enjoying the night out in such a beautiful place. I praise & thank God for such a privilege once again …

On the new property … We finished the 3 rd house and the guest house is almost finished, too, this week they’re digging the foundation of the 4 th (house and last one for now) … prices have gone up a lot and building is challenging now … we’ve been given money for the house, but when I made the estimate prices were very different, like wood is twice as much now) … either way we’ll somehow get it done as always … .
At the moment our carpenter is busy making beds for the children … then we’ve to buy matraces …
See the beautiful Machessa (the thing with the straw roof) on the picture. tt’s already been used for a wedding … Carlos, the guy who stays there with the children got married, in a non-­‐traditional way, just doing the wedding ceremony before God and us praying for / blessing them … it was beautiful … and a great example for the children … that even if you don’t have money you do what is right before God, making an alliance with testimonies … .
Pray for more workers that have God’s heart for the children … .
The legalization of Loving the Nations here is also moving forward. Finally we have the paper from Social Welfare here (they came to visit & inspect and hardly criticized anything – which is a miracle to everyone who knows how they are – to us it’s an answer to prayer) and once again all the papers are on the governor’s desk to be approved. Please pray with us for a positive response and that he or anyone won’t ask for another paper, would you?
Maybe let me mention one more thing … the director of the justice department who refused to sign our paper was transferred and so was the director at social welfare … the week I went back to social welfare ‘cause I needed a permit from them for the police to take the children to Messica and they spontaneously decided to come out to the property with me they had just gotten a new director who worked the first day and didn’t know much, so signed anything she was asked to … how God organizes things … I love it … it took a long time, but He finally put everything into place … !

Since I came back from Europe mid august we’ve had 2 baptisms in the prison, an amazing Christmas service with about 700 prisoners sharing the good news about Jesus with them and leading them to start a relationship with Jesus as their Lord and savior. After we finished the lady who is in charge of basically everything that is going on inside the prison (who works closely with the director) said to our inside pastor that this coming year she’ll be participating in the bible studies I’m doing in the prison. And the officials asked me if we can’t also go to the other prisons in the province of Manica (where we live in) to preach there. Hm. Yes, I guess so. God has given us so much favor in this prison, anything we ask we’re allowed to do and on top of it they’re asking us to do things. In November I did teaching & training with all the pastors & leaders inside there (it’s a big prison, there are 1800+ people there now). Each part has their ‘pastor’ that takes care of the sheep … things are getting organized ;‐). 24/7 prayer is still going on there … and I don’t remember when it was, but a few weeks ago they thanked us for coming and acknowledged that this year was the first year they didn’t have something bad happening in September there; every other year in September people tried to escape and there was fighting inside there … and they said it’s because of prayer and what we’ve been doing … I think it’s because of what God has been doing, but either way they (and we) give the glory to God!!

Some amazing people joined the hospital team lately and I praise the Lord for it … may they keep coming …

The youth services are moving forward, too, lots more people participating lately and more & more getting the vision of working and praying together in unity. Each service has been special. On the last one people just didn’t want to go home, they kept on worshipping for a long time after we had already officially finished the service … 🙂

We finished the 2 nd part of the discipleship group on Sunday nights … there has been such a depth, which is very very rare here.
In January I’ll be continuing with other teachings, opening up again for new people come.
Lately the Lord has been sending more and more people to my house that are hungry for more of Jesus, want to know the truth and counseling. I don’t know where this is going … .

In October we went to the district of Sussundenga, Dombe and Moussorize to do evangelism … the team was great, we didn’t know what we’d eat, but we were well fed, didn’t know where to sleep, but it all worked out well … and what is the most important thing … many found Jesus :-).
At the first place we went to we showed the Jesus film and ministered on a soccer field that was right across from a bar that had blaring loud music on in the afternoon (there was no electricity, but they use an old car battery), but they switched it off once we started and all came to see the life of Jesus. There was a lot of repentance and deliverance that night … God loves these people out there in the bush, forgotten by the world, but not by God … !
I could write you lots & lots more, but I don’t want to bore you … as usual I & we went to many places to preach and teach and each time God spoke and moved … I am truly grateful to the One who sits on the throne and reigns from eternity to all eternity, the One who was and is and is to come … .

I trust that God will be with you in 2016, He’ll lead, guide and direct you every step of the way, provide for you, love on you …
May He give you all the grace & strength you need and his peace be with you,

Love & blessings,

Claudia