Report from Mozambique July 20th (from Danny)
Hi Prayer Partners. We want to thank you for your prayer support. But you will see below that much more prayer is still necessary. We've now been in Africa three weeks, and it has been very eventful, even if not very close to what we had planned. We do love how the Holy Spirit leads us.
Driving on the way to Mozambique with Kenneth, Christiano, Moses and new team member Amilton, the car broke down. We were very slowly and barely able to make it to Dedza, the highest town in Malawi, where we stayed at the home of the director of an orphanage (on picture on left with red sweatshirt), where we got to minister to some of the children that were there. We all felt that somehow the Holy Spirit had led us there, and felt blessed at so many levels. We had just met the director some days before in Lilongwe and she had offered her home to us if we ever needed it. Amazing timing! The morning after we stayed, the grandfather of two of the children there passed away - more ministry time and prayer was obviously needed, as the pastor wept on my shoulder. The whole timing of these things directed by the Holy Spirit. Then we somehow were able to cross the border into Mozambique, on the last possible day that our Malawi visas allowed. Lindy and I were "rescued" and taken directly to the Sunday service at the new church building fondly referred to as the cathedral. The first Sunday service that Lindy and I are able to attend in the new big church building, now with roof, floor and doors. It didn't even bother us that we were so dirty, still wearing the previous day's travel clothes.
Kenneth and Christiano, still driving the car very slowly and having to stop every few minutes, finally made it to the service at the very end, in time to announce that if the enemy was so interested in diverting us, we were going to hold services every evening for the next week ending with an overnight service on Friday night. It's part of their path to continue the transformation into the Christians that Jesus wants them to be. I find it so encouraging that every night, the base was packed, between 60 and 85 people praising, worshiping, praying, and honoring our God in every way they could fathom. And the overnight service had even a lot more. I love the energy and raw passion that goes into these services, leading to some of the deepest worship that I have experienced in some time. Lindy preached every day on transformation, righteousness, holiness, including the practical day-to-day aspects. The week ended in an overnight service After that amazing week, services continue on an almost daily basis. Last Sunday was very special with many people baptized in the Spirit.
On Saturday we brought together the pastors of the 40 Foursquare churches that Wheresoever has taken part in planting. A very moving experience, a big part of the meeting was their sharing specific problems they're going through at this time, with the rest of the pastors giving them advice on how to handle them. Many of the problems resembled ones that we commonly see in the West. But there were a number of them that you would only see in the local culture - interesting to apply Kingdom culture which runs world-wide. Lindy and I felt very honored to be part of this process and were able to contribute from a Kingdom point of view. We were so very movewd to see all the multiplication in an area that previously had no Foursquare churches. The pastors are very open about needing more Biblical knowledge, so we are still hoping that the Bible School will re-open.
The enemy keeps trying to lash out. You may remember that just over a year ago, Enesia, Kenneth's wife, had surgery in South Africa, to unblock her ureter, the tube between the kidney and the bladder. Well, she's now blocked again, and we're waiting for the Lord to totally heal her, she's getting prayer from around the world, please join in the prayer. In the meantime, as an emergency she now has a tube coming out of her body and a bag outside acting as her bladder. And as we wait for the answer to prayer, all possible options are now being considered. So Kenneth went to Malawi to be with her and had to miss the whole special week plus half of last week.
The car needed a new head gasket, repairs on the turbo charger and other things. So Christiano missed most of that time as well. And Moses needed to go back to Malawi during that time. Lindy and I were left holding the fort at the base, fun, together with some of the young men, and young women who so faithfully volunteer to come cook, clean and generally help us every way they can. Kenneth, Christiano and Moses finally returned and we've been discussing the future directions of the ministry in Africa, the need and strategy to move the mission base to Tete City; possible ways to reach the village pastors with more Biblical and pastoring education; possible ways to make the African ministry more self-sustainable in the mid-term, and of course re-scheduling all the upcoming activities, which have been totally changed around from their original plans.
So now we're getting set to take off on a crusade and baptism in Domue, a major seminar and set of crusades in Macanga, many villages coming together in Limbuni for what is referred to as Big Sunday, two additional crusades in Malawi this time in the south (setting some time aside to visit with Enesia in Blantyre), then another crusade and baptism in Liveranje back in Mozambique where Christiano's mother lives, with a number of villages attending. Then Tina will join us from the USA in August to go to the really remote area in West Magoe that we don't even know anyone who has ever stepped in. A very full schedule so I won't even mention the activities after that yet!
Please pray for energy and stamina for Lindy, myself and everyone else on the team, for no more breakdowns of the car and, total healing for Enesia. Also for God to either provide more funding, or make us capable to squeeeeeze the budget to make up for all the unexpected expenses we've had. We WILL complete the task that the Holy Spirit has put before us and are very confident that He will make it possible. Although if we have to we would even be willing to adjust the size of the team, the type of food we eat, the accomodation on the go (or lack of), or whatever else is necessary. And I'm sure you will know so many ways to pray about all this that we haven't even thought of yet. We would appreciate any prophetic words that the Holy Spirit may impress on you as you read this.
On this side, we continue to pray that the Lord will bless each of you abundantly, even in ways you have not yet even asked Him to.
ALL FOR JESUS,
Danny, Lindy and the African Team