Dear friends and family in the Lord,
The Lord has been so good to us in these past two months and I am so excited to share all the news with you!
Let me begin with the Palavra Da Vida (Word of Life) Youth Camp we had in August. In my last post I had asked prayer for the camp, and the Lord certainly did hear and answer your prayers! It was an amazing time with about about a hundred young people attending. There was wonderful fellowship, fun games, powerful sermons, Bible studies, and small group sharing. We were truly blessed by this outreach Palavra da Vida came and did, and we are grateful for their work here in Mozambique. We look forward to working with them more in the future. Please find more photos from the camp at the bottom of this blog post.
The Lord used this camp greatly in the lives of the young people. Those who were already saved, were greatly encouraged and helped. Many new friendships were formed, and I believe many were drawn closer to the Lord through the camp. Most attending were not Christians, and it was a wonderful opportunity for them to hear the wonderful Good News of free salvation which Christ offers to sinners like ourselves! I believe several people may have come to truly know the Lord during the camp, and others have begun seeking God since then. Around the time the Lord started really working in the lives of our youth, putting a hunger for God in their hearts. Our number of youth in the last two months have doubled, but it really isn’t about the number. It’s about what the Lord is doing in the lives of these precious young people! I am amazed to see over 50 young people to come together every week to pray and seek the Lord. Please continue to pray for them, as many who come are not saved yet. Pray that they may see their lost state, and that they may come to the One who can give them new life!
Around the same time that the Lord started working among the young people, we also experienced a work of the Lord among the younger children. Our Bible class teachers have improved greatly in how they give classes to the children, and have seriously been praying for them. Many children have been staying after class to get counselling. Several have made a profession of faith, and our prayer is that they truly have found Christ and will grow up to be men and women of God!
In the month of August a new staff member joined us at the Literacy Center. His name is Noé, and he is 19 years old. Noé was saved just over a year ago when we started the Sunday school teachers’ training and he was one of the trainees. He has grown to be a leader among our youth and an excellent teacher for the children. He often fills in for me when I am unable to teach/preach, and the children all love him very much! Noé, we are excited to have you with us and we pray that your time teaching at the Literacy Center will be a blessing to you and that God will use you in their lives.
Since Noé started teaching at the Literacy Center, he has focused a lot on the spiritual aspect of teaching the children with more Bible lessons and counselling with the children. We are so excited to say that it seems like 2 of the children have given their lives to the Lord! Our prayer is that the children will not only excel academically but that each child will come to know our Savior personally.
In upcoming news, I am excited to share that our dear friend/brother Seth Lancaster who volunteered here with us for a year and half with his sister Joy, is coming to visit with his new bride! We are so excited to meet Victoria Lancaster, Seth’s new wife whom he married on 2 September. They arrive October 26 and depart on November 19. A big congratulations to you both, Seth and Victoria!! May the Lord richly bless your marriage, and His Name be glorified in your lives. We look forward to seeing you Seth after 2 years, and meeting you in person, Toria!
As I close this post, I have a few prayer points. Praises and thanks:
- Praise the Lord with us for saving several new young people and children
- Praise the Lord for the hunger and thirst we have seen in the hearts of young people and children
- Thank the Lord for the spiritual growth in the lives of the youth
- Thank the Lord for answering our prayers in regards to the Youth Camp
- Thank the Lord for the Noé, the new staff member at the L.C.
- Pray for more youth and children to come to Christ and be saved
- Pray for the continued growth and sanctification of the saints
- Pray for our family’s health
- Pray above all that Christ will be everything to us, and that our hearts will be consumed with love and passion for Him; He is worthy!
Now for the promised photos 🙂 First is a video of the Youth Camp in August, and then extra photos from the same camp. Below that are photos from the Literacy Center I took today.
Today I was at the Literacy Center and took a few photos. Enjoy! 🙂
Thank you once again for your faithful prayers and support. Please continue to pray for us, as all is in vain without the Lord!
May the Lord cause His face to shine on each of you in this day!