November 2018

Dear friends,

our children are doing well … 🙂
They are looking forward to the school holidays that will start soon and to my surprise all want to go to Sussundenga where 2 of our fields are, for a couple weeks to help preparing them for planting maize.
One of our children (who had been living on the street for quite a while before) had been forced by his uncle to leave our children’s home. The uncle wanted him to work for him instead of going to school, but he managed to escape and come back. This time we were quick to inform social welfare of the situation and the uncle will only be able to take the boy again when he has permission from social welfare.

Work with street children is challenging, but lately we see a lot of change in their lives, which is really exciting! Keep praying for them, as well as those that take care of them … thanks!

We are still busy with the piles of papers we need to legalize our children’s center once again. We had been told we had everything, but now they’re saying they never said that … anyways, pray with us for wisdom how to do it, grace & favor to get them all and without delays … .

Our dogs are back to normal weight and healthy :-).
We also have a new really cute puppy that will not die this time, but help guard our house! She is really smart … ;-).

The ministry in the prison continues. On October 9th we had another amazing baptism with many prisoners being firm in their decisions to leave their old life styles behind and live with Jesus from now on.

In the hospital …
While we were in Israel the administrative leadership of the hospital changed and with that came new rules, that from what I had heard made it difficult to pray there for a while, but now everything is back to normal. We also renewed our document, that says that we have permission to pray in the hospital, so the one we have now has the signature of the current director. Since then no one ever asked for the paper again, but just in case … we are prepared … .

The youth services we are still doing, too, every 2nd Sunday of the month. Today we had another blessed time in the presence of God, worshiping God and praying for our city and country with youths from different churches … .

Around the time of my birthday we went to the Sea, to Savanne for a few days, which was nice :-). What was not so nice was that the day before we got there the water pump broke, so there was no water :-(. I had been looking forward to take a real shower for a change, but there was no way. When we got there they said, they’d fix it, but didn’t manage. Jumping in the ocean is nice, but after ‘swimming’ you want to wash of the salty crust … .
On the last part of the way there I had the privilege to sit in the front of the truck, in the cabin, between the driver and another passenger. As usual I used the opportunity to talk, talk about Jesus. Most people here believe in a God somehow, the question is, what that belief has to do with their lives, or how much room God really has in their lives. To make a long story short, in the end the driver asked for prayer to stop drinking. He was very moved. He knew how much his wife and 6 children suffered because of his drinking problem. Anyways, I called Camilo, who had been in the back of the truck to pray with me. So we did our part … .

Last Saturday we went to a wedding of a good friend of us. His wife we only met at the wedding in Mocuba (Zambezia province). The wedding was nice, the way there wasn’t. It took us more than 12 hours to get there and the bus didn’t drive slow. The road was/is so bad that for parts of it the bus went on a small dust road, in order not to get stuck in the potholes on the main national highway. It was blazing hot (more than 40°C) and no air-conditioning, but we got there, which is what matters.

Since we were already ‘in the north’ we used to opportunity to take another early bus, on Sunday morning, to Quelimane, to visit a church of a dear pastor and friend of ours, to minister there. A year and a half ago we had been in that area for 10 days of evangelism, so if was exciting to see some of the fruit of our work of that time :-). On Monday morning at 4.30 a.m we were on another bus towards the south … . We had bought tickets for the bus to Chimoio, but the night before we got a call that the bus was no longer going ‘cause it wasn’t completely full … grr … we had bought tickets early, so we’d get more our less decent seats, but what could we do?! We had to take the bus that went to Maputo instead, which by then was almost full, get of at the intersection of Inchope and find another transport from there to Chimoio, but either way, we managed and made it back home safely that night – praise God!

Stay blessed!
Greetings from Africa,
Claudia & Camilo