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Outreach to Mutarara District, July 2017

The Wheresoever African Team completed a major outreach to the Mutarara District of the Tete Province of Mozambique. This district is an 8 - 10 hour drive from the Wheresoever Mission Base in Vila Ulongue, Angonia. This is an effort to help, support and encourage areas and Wheresoever Councils that we have been to in the past but have not been able to re-visit for some time. Now that we have finally covered the province that we felt God was asking us to cover, our aim is to go back and reinforce all Wheresoever Councils in the foreseeable future. This was the beginning of that effort, with a second trip to Chiuta and Chifunde Districts planned for next month, August.

We celebrate that the trip was very successful. We praise God that roughly 6,600 persons accepted the freedom and light of Jesus Christ into their lives, two new churches were born, and a new Wheresoever Council was formed. It came at a cost, the old car came back limping plus a number of other financial concerns, or actually we call them opportunities. God is so good and provides everything that is needed. Hallellujah! And every difficulty simply shows us how much the enemy fears the work that the Lord is doing through different ministries in this area. 

The team visited 7 locations within the district, holding leader seminars, crusades, showing the Jesus Film and other outreaches. Then, for the new Christians, introducing them to pastors in the area and encouraging them to be discipled either in existing churches or the newly created ones. Also meeting with Wheresoever Councils to encourage and excite them, discussing the feasibility of starting new churches and the best way of discipling the new Christians, and also talking about future local activities and follow-up.

Danny and Lindy were not able to be with the team during this exciting time, although they really wished they could be. But they had a very exciting time of their own in England as they welcomed their 9th grandchild into the world. And of course some ministry always comes along - thank you Lord. Earlier they were able to attend a niece's wedding and Lindy's oldest brother's major birthday milestone - busy time in England.

  

Charre

The first seminar of this trip was held here. People were found to be very hungry for the Word. That was obvious when seeing the attention to every message in the seminar and the crusades. There were 1,871 souls saved during crusades and the seminar in Charre. Plus an additional 350 in a night crusade in a nearby village.  The Wheresoever Council in Charre was found to be healthy and strong. We have found that seminars for pastors and leaders is one of the most effective things that we do, since often we find it is the only spiritual food they get for years. Sometimes we find that years later, they are still teaching the same points that our team has fed them so long before. There were 35 churches represented in the 3-day seminar the team held here, some came from some distance away having to cross the Shire and Ruo rivers on the way. One of the issues we often see is the lack of education or discipling of children. So it is so refreshing to see the pictures of the children being taught, and of course the local pastors being taught to continue the practice.  

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Seminar - Praying
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Teaching the Children - and Fun
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Feeding Pastors and Leaders
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Mutarara Town

Sadly, the chairman of the Wheresoever Council in Mutarara passed away, causing the council to disperse and stop operating there. This is the place where years ago, all the churches had come together after some encouragement from Wheresoever, and created some farms to feed the orphans in the area. They were finding ways to together reach the lost. We had been very surprised when we heard that they were calling the farms "Wheresoever Farms". There are still pastors with that vision. And with just a little encouragement from Wherersoever, we believe the vision will be restored. The team decided to focus in other areas during this trip, allowing the pastors time to step back into their anointing. And during the next Wheresoever trip to that area, we will start with them. This was welcomed since this is a town and not a village, it would be more effective if a seminar was held over a weekend allowing pastors and leaders to come since nearly all are bi-vocational.

 

Ministry Car


 

The ministry car, an ancient Land Rover Defender, had problems with brakes and with the doors. Not too surprising since the mechanics had warned that it would not live past 2016, and the road to Mutarara is rough  and unpaved most of the way, rattling the car a lot more than we would like. We thank God that the car is still running. The mechanics did not think the engine would survive, and the engine did not have any problems this trip. In the bush, the doors were fixed and the brakes were made to work part way. And after the trip the car was taken to Malawi to properly fix the brakes, wheel bearings, etc. 

We are of course praying for a replacement strong car, a lot newer than this one. Please join us in that prayer.   

 

Vila Nova

After finishing in Charre, the team decided to change the plans and go to an area of the Mutarara District that we had not visited before. 

Team including local pastors
 
Seminar at Kaleme near Vila Nova
 
Happily sleeping on the hard floor

That is where Simao, one of our Whereroever spiritual children who used to live at the base had moved to after he graduated as a teacher some years ago. He had come to live at the base in order to finish the Mozambique equivalent of high school. During that time he had become an active team member and has carried the Wheresoever values through university and later. In addition to his teaching job, he has been busy in ministry. He has united many of the pastors in the area, periodically meeting with them as a group and encouraging them to seek the lost together, across Christian denominations - a core value of Wheresoever. Simao was asking for help in his area, feeling they badly needed a seminar and training on running crusades. After considering the situation in Mutarara Town and seeking advice from Danny in England, the team decided to go there for a few days.

The decision to go was the right one, with roughly 1900 persons accepting Jesus into their lives. Great enthusiasm for Jesus was evident during all the activities. The seminar was held at Kaleme, a village very near Vila Nova, with the Jesus Film shown at nights. And to accomodate more of the pastors that wanted to be trained, the crusades were held at another nearby village, Mankhwati, where Simao planted one of the two churches started during this trip. The church will be meeting under the tree where the crusade was conducted, and the village headman has given Simao some land where they can build a shelter. Sleeping conditions were basic on straw mats on the floor, but blessed to be indoors in local people's houses, the team was more than willing to do that for the sake of the Gospel. The chief of the area invited the team to continue at a larger village where  he lives, Dova. He offered the team one of his houses, which was well received. In Dova, they held another crusade and showed the Jesus Film at night. More than half of the salvations were in Dova, the last place. And there were many healings and deliverances.

Crusade in Dova
 
Accepting Jesus
 
Healing
 

 

Doa
On the way back to the mission base, but still in Mutarara District, there was one more area to bless. It has been many years since we visit Doa. Last time we were there, there had been some demonic attacks, so we were eager to leave enough time to stop. The team, exhausted by that time, spent two days there and in nearby village Jeke, holding three crusades. Because of the time they take, one of them needed to start at 11pm, and still many people came. It's amazing how the Holy Spirit takes over when we no longer have energy. More than 400 salvations during the 3 crusades, including some powerful healings and deliverances. The following morning, the team started the long drive back to the mission base. 

Exhausted team on arrival at Doa Night Crusade in Doa  Salvations in Doa
Returning home to Wheresoever Mission Base

 

 

Man no longer needs crutches to walk
 
Salvations in Jeke