Dezember 2009

Dear friends,

greetings from Chimoio, Mosambik!

God has been faithful and good to me …

First of all I want to thank all of you have been praying for me … there have been a number of incidences in the last couple of months where I was very close to death. I felt the supernatural protection of the Lord each time. Let me share just 2 with you …

One Saturday early in the morning I drove with some of our children who stay with us at our house to the centre (orfanage) to finish the chicken house we have been building. I had stopped at a round about ´cause there was a truck coming from the left. For some reason I was looking in the mirrow on my side (on the right) – I think it was the Holy Spirit – and I saw 2 cars coming up from behind with an incredible speed – they were racing! At the last moment before they hit me I moved over. 2 minutes later as I we continued driving we saw them involved in a accident, they had hit a pole in front of the coca cola factory here in Chimoio and 3 out 4 in the car died right there … the children were trembling and we thanked the Lord that He had saved our lifes …

Just a few days after that when I was coming back from Beira a truck was overtaking another truck (both these 30t ones) – in a curve! The one overtaking flashed the lights at me instead of using his breaks and I figured I better move out of the way … . I slamed the breaks and somehow I managed to stay (on the side of) the road and the truck passing by me on the other side – on my lane! There was not much space. The people in my car were under shock … . Anyways thank God there were no people walking or bicycles as usual. I felt like what I did was under the direction of the Holy Spirit …

After that I sent out a short prayer update asking people to specifically pray for protection when I am driving and these things stopped!!

In the hospital …

God is moving, also moving our older children that I have been taking with me lately.

Last time I went I prayed for a lady who got taken off her leg because she has diabetes – does that make sense? They often do that, just cutting off people´s arms and legs because they don´t have the proper medication … it is so sad …

Also I finally met (just last week) the only surviver who was involved in that accident when 2 cars were racing (see above), almost killing me and the children who were with me in the car … he even remembered that there was a car that had moved over … I explained to him that this was me … it was a good opportunity to speak into his life … he was in a cast from head to toe …

In the prison …

They are still enjoying to have the bibles, even though they are few … .

I have been teaching them about prayer lately ´cause they´ve been asking me to teach them how to pray … .

The people working in the prison are always thanking me for coming and teaching them God´s word so that they get their mind on the right things.

It is not a burden to me. I truely enjoy going there, rejoicing with them in God´s presence and they soak in every word I speak like a dry spunch – may the hungry be fed …!

In Zimbabwe again …

I am just realizing I haven´t even been telling you about our trip in October …

It was good to see Suzy & Daniel and Don again, to catch up with them. We all met in Harare and distributed the seed to grow maize (which Don had raised money for) from there. People were happy to receive the seed. Having maize is essential in Zimbabwe ´cause it provides there main stable food, maize flour which they put in cooking water, it thickens and then they eat that. It´s called sadza, doesn´t taste like anything, but fills the stomach …

In the evenings we showed the Jesus film. Many many people got saved and as far as I know everybody (except 1 person) got healed. The Jesus film is such a good tool for evangelism in Africa and people understanding who Jesus is. I´d like to have my own – God willing …

In November I couldn´t go anywhere (not leave the country) – so I ministered in diffrent places in Mosambik, which is good, too – ´cause I had to do some paper work. I was able to get a multiple entry visa for Zimbabwe from their embassy in Beira for the next 6 months, so now I don´t have to pay each time at the border – thank you Jesus!

We went again in December. This time I was telling the Lord that He needs to make sure that NOTHING on my car would break down ´cause I don´t have a mecanic nor someone who knows anything about cars with me and thank God He took care of it. Everywhere we went we saw people getting saved, healed and delivered. God loves the people He created. I particularily enjoyed going to a far off village in the Nyanga area where people had requested for someone to come and preach the gospel. As soon as the music started people came out of their little houses and stream to where we had set up. I was laughing as I was watching them (from uphill where we were) pop out of their houses, it really looked funny 🙂 … . The headman of the village had offered us to set up the sound system at this house … and people gathered … we had a good time singing & dancing with them. At the moment I started preaching the genereator stopped working so I had to scream, but anyways, I managed … and it started working again once I was done … grrr … what a coincidence … nevertheless a church was planted and we had a good time with the people … :-).

I think the greatest miracle for me was that each time as we were praying the rain stopped (multiple times) or it was a clear night with beautiful stars which doesn´happen in the rainy season, especially in the mountains. Once we left it usually started to rain, but who cares? People had heard the gospel … 🙂

A couple days after I got back from Zimbabwe (beginning of november) I went into town wanting to buy some groceries ´cause after being gone for 2 weeks there was not much in my fridge … unfortunately someone helped himself to my bag before I could do so … the moment I parked the car someone opened the door and grabed my bag before I could do anything …. thank God I didn´t have any original papers with me … just my money for the months rent and food was gone … I could do nothing … only pray … and without me asking (!) some of the other missionaries here decided to give me an offering and I could pay for all I needed … even the renewal of my DIRE (residence permit for Mosambik)! Yes, that´s another good news, I was able to renew my Dire without any problems so I can stay for another year – praise the Lord!

I am looking forward to spend Christmas with our children here in Chimoio tomorrow …

Merry Christmas to all of you and a good start into the new year 2010 …

may God show you his plans and give you the grace to fulfill what He has called you to do in this coming year …

Greetings & blessings from Mosambik!

Claudia

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