Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

On Christmas Day a youth group from a local church came and spent the day with the kids.
December is the hottest time of year and the beginning of the rainy season. It’s very enjoyable to eat outside under a big mango tree.
The kids had the traditional special meal of grilled chicken, rice, and french fries and the youth group brought cake.
Ronilda, Maezinha, and Nelson.
Rock, Samito, and Mauricio were some of the littlest kids in the orphanage when I first came in 2007. Today they are young adults who we are so happy to see back with us for all the holidays and special occasions.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Dining Hall Construction

Some of the children in our Nampula orphanage in front of the new dining hall after the walls and roof went up.

Couples participating in our marriage conference. Even though construction is not completely finished we were able to have our bi-annual youth conference and marriage conference inside the new dining hall. We had over 200 people attend each conference with plenty of space for more next year. In the past we have had to rent facilities outside the orphanage to fit all who want to attend. These conferences promote Christian family values and aim to help marriages stay together and support one another. In this photo you can also see the roof’s structure from the inside.

What the dining hall looks like now.

Thank you so much for all the donations that have enabled us to build the dining hall up to this point!

Revolution Day!

A statue of Samora Machel, the first president of Mozambique, sits in front of the courthouse and government offices in the city center of Nampula.

The kids love going to the town center on holidays. September 25th is Revolution Day, a national holiday celebrating the beginning of the war for independence from the Portuguese colonizers. (The Portuguese started colonizing Mozambique in the 1500s and the war for independence was lasted from 1964-1974. It was immediately followed by a civil war that lasted until 1992.)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Marriage Conference

By Victor 

Over the past fifteen years we have been working only with kids, but now we have the opportunity to work with parents and married couples in the community. One of the main goals of the marriage conference is to help build up the base structure of the family, the marriage between husband and wife, something that has suffered greatly in this country. As we build up families with God’s word and allow Him to use us in bringing messages of restoration to broken marriages, we believe we can prevent more children from becoming orphans and also help families to see the need to care for orphans. When broken families are healed and relationships are stronger, we will have more godly families and citizens and the name of Christ will be glorified throughout the cities. The speakers at the conference included Victor, Pastor Hasuell Banda from Living Water Church in Malawi, and Elder John Nichols from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia, U.S. Two pastors gave devotionals, Pastor Abel, an overseer in the Wesleyan Church in Northern Mozambique and Pastor Martinho, the Bishop of Peace of Christ Evangelical Church.

Pastor Banda, from Malawi, preaching in English with Victor translating into Portuguese.

Being in ministry, it is easy to burn out and lose focus of one’s relationship with God in the name of serving others. Knowing that this is a reality, we invited Pastor Hasuell Banda to come and encourage the people. Pastor Banda taught on the subject of being a leader and on his devotional life. His message touched every pastor, husband, and wife present. We are very thankful that through his teaching leaders are focusing more on their spiritual life, rather than just focusing all their energy on caring for others. Thank you brother Banda for your obedience and willingness to take a 16-hour bus trip to come and stretch the church in Nampula.

Christina and Mauridi John leading praise and worship. They are originally from the DR Congo and we have been greatly blessed over the past decade by the beautiful music of all our friends from the Congo. There is really nothing else like it.

John Nichols teaching on stewardship.

Whether poor or rich, finances are often a source of struggle in marriages. Many couples separate or get divorced because of financial disagreements. Mozambique is no different from any other country. It is not uncommon to find married couples, even within the body of Christ, in which all the familial assets are regarded solely as the husbands. Women can go through decades of marriage without knowing the husband’s income. Similarly, decision-making within the household is often unilateral and agreements are not made together. Each year at the conference, we tackle different issues with the intention of continuing to equip the body of Christ. This year I asked John Nichols from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia, a fellow board member of Evanjáfrica, to bring teaching on financial stewardship. It was a blessing for all of the participants in the conference to hear him share on the biblical approach to managing finances. We thank God because we are already getting phone calls from some of the participants thanking us for enhancing their marriage. We can see that Satan is losing ground and God is gaining glory!

Pastor Abel with his wife Laura and Pastor Banda

Behind the Scenes: Friend from Congo, Joe from Georgia, Auston from South Carolina, Visado, and Charity from Washington.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

CAFO Conference in Florida

Victor and Clay at the CAFO Conference.

Victor and Clay went to the Christian Alliance for Orphans conference in Florida this month. They were inspired and encouraged in many ways. Some of the things presented at the conference were encouraging because they affirmed that we have structured a lot of things well at Evanjáfrica. Other presentations inspire us to tackle issues from another angle. The most powerful presenters were the people who had once been children who were orphans and lived in orphanages, foster care, and been adopted. Their perspectives and stories were the most enlightening to those who have loved and cared for children who are orphans. 

Information on CAFO and the summit can be found here.