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