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August/September Update

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!

20170818_111513Let 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.

20170820_073726The 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!

20170805_132608.jpgIn 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.

20171003_082837Since 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.

Prayer requests:

  • 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.

 

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Happy smiles!

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Writing a song

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Small groups

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Having fun!

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Today I was at the Literacy Center and took a few photos.  Enjoy! 🙂

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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!

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Update & Prayer Request

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support.  We are in so much need of the Lord’s help and grace constantly, and we do believe He hears your prayers for us so we are very grateful.

We have had a very busy time these last few weeks as it has been public school holiday for 5 weeks now.  This is the last week, so next week all the youth return to school and we also go back to teaching at the Literacy Center.

20170728_130808.jpgIn this holiday time we had a both a girls’ weekend and a boys’ weekend at our home.  First it was the girls, and we invited a group of girls over for a few days of fellowship and teaching with my mom.  They enjoyed going to the beach several times, listening to several sermons, watching a movie called The Hiding Place (on Corrie Ten Boom), having a Bible study with my mom on the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31, and lots of fellowship.  They had an absolute blast!  We really enjoyed having them over as well. In the photo to the left they are all enjoying a meal together (and yes, that is Jorge, the poor guy, between them!  He was here working with me on something else).

20170805_124445.jpgThe following weekend we invited several of the guys over for a fellowship weekend as well.  They enjoyed going to the beach, several sermons, several Bible studies with me on purity/marriage/singleness, playing games, watching a movie called Candle In the Dark (life of missionary William Carey), reading, and late night talks. 🙂  We had a wonderful time together, and it was really a blessing!  You can see some of them on the picture on the right (yes, a girl among them…Irene was here for the day so I could help her with homework).

We had several other special days of fellowship, and coming up we have our biggest event of this holiday which is the Palavra Da Vida (Word Of Life) Youth Camp.  Please pray for this camp!  We already have 91 young people (teenagers and up) registered and we are expecting about 30 to 40 more to register for the camp.  The camp starts on Thursday the 17th and will finish on Sunday the 20th.  The theme of the camp will be Unmasked: Living a Genuine Faith Without Pretense.  Many of the youth attending the camp do not yet have true faith in Christ, therefore we ask you to pray for them.  Pray that the Lord will use this camp to draw many to Him, and that those of us who are already saved will be blessed, encouraged, and helped!  Thank you so much.  As Christ said, “Without Me you can do nothing.”  Today many of us youth are fasting and praying today for this camp, and we ask you that you join us in prayer as we ask the Lord to come and work among us.

Yesterday was a Game Day with the children at church, and we had an absolute blast!  Below you can find a few pictures of the kiddos 😉

 

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The Lord is Good!

It is high time I post an update here! These past few months have been so busy that finding time to write to you all has been escaping me.  Forgive me for that please!  The Lord has truly been so good to us here, and we are so grateful.  Every day we see more and more that truly all is dependent on Him, and without Him we are nothing.  It is amazing that God would choose to use such weak vessels as ourselves to work here for His glory.  But the weaker we are, the brighter His power and strength shines as He works in spite of our many weaknesses and failings.

20170424_083430.jpgIn January we started up our next Literacy Center with 30 students.  This is an afterschool program for children in grades 2-4 who are still illiterate, where we teach them English and reading/writing.  The Gospel, Bible, and character-building are incorporated and emphasized for the 3 years that this group is taught.  We have been blessed by two Mozambican teachers, who are part of our Christian youth.  Jorge (main teacher) and Leontina (assistant teacher) have both been doing so well, and they are a great blessing to us!  And then there are the children, of course.

20170424_084737.jpgThirty precious souls, who are so eager to learn!  Even in just these few months we have already come to love them, and with a little extra help, love, and attention they are all flourishing!  We are on break now, but the day after we closed we took 10 of the students who had reached privilege level (good behavior) to the beach.  For most it was their first time seeing the ocean, even though they all live only a 15 minute drive away from the beach!  Needless to say, it was an absolute BLAST! 😀 They had so much fun!!  I’ll include some pictures of it at the bottom of this post.  It was so special to see their joy as they splashed around in the water. 🙂

20170319_082442.jpgSpeaking of children, the Sunday morning Bible classes for children have also been going well.  I now hardly ever teach, as our local teachers have taken over almost completely!  What a blessing this is, to see those who were children in those very classes now being teachers themselves!  We are so grateful.  This year we have seen children coming for counsel in regards to salvation, after almost two years of no children approaching us for help.  I truly believe it is in answer to prayer, and we are blessed to see how the teachers are praying for their classes and are working hard to honor and glorify the Lord in their teaching. Two of the teachers are planning to start their own Bible club in their own neighborhood within this month, so we praise the Lord for the expansion! 20170611_083144.jpg

In June we celebrated Children’s Day with a variety of games, singing, a puppet show, a Bible story, and snacks.  Over 500 children showed up!! We are so grateful for the 20+ volunteers from our youth who helped, as it would not have been possible without them.

As you may remember from my mom’s post in April, the Lord has really been working among our youth.  It is so wonderful to see how the Lord is raising up a group of young people who have truly been saved, love the Lord, and want to glorify and serve Him with their lives.  We have had several recent conversions among the teenagers for which we praise the Lord, while there are others who are searching for salvation. 20170702_144655.jpgWe were blessed to see 3 of the girls (the 3 in white in the picture) be baptized this month as they made a public confession of their faith in Christ. We continue with the weekly Bible studies on Sunday afternoons which either my dad or myself teach.  Monday nights we have a prayer meeting, and I think this is my favorite night!  Many of the youth fast and pray the whole day Monday, and then after the prayer meeting we break our fast with bread.  Prayer is absolutely vital in our lives, as we seek the Lord; without Him, we can truly do nothing!  It is wonderful to see how seriously the youth are taking these prayer meetings, as many are coming.  Tuesday nights the youth have their own youth service which they lead and arrange themselves, while Wednesday evenings we have a fellowship night again of either a good Christian movie or a Portuguese sermon we watch.  We are still very far from perfect, and there is still plenty of immaturity, struggles with sin, wrong teaching, etc. that we battle against, but we are seeing a hunger for the Lord among the youth and our prayer is that it will continue!

20170716_095203.jpgThis past weekend we took 10 of our youth leaders to attend a conference in Maputo (capital of Mozambique). For several of them it was the first time ever in a big city, so it was quite an experience for them!  It was the yearly FIEL Conference, which was excellent with wonderful teaching, lots of fellowship with like-minded believers, and many excellent Portuguese books for sale! We bought over 55 books to add to our library, and the young people are so excited!  We have a library system where the young people borrow a book and upon finishing it they must give a report on it before taking another book.  It’s amazing to see how eager and excited they are to read these books, I certainly was not as eager to read such deep books at their age.  Some of the titles include Charity And It’s Fruits ~ Jonathan Edwards, Spiritual Depression ~ M. Lloyd-Jones, Our Sufficiency in Christ ~ J. MacArthur, and many more!

20170715_104740.jpgAs a family, we are doing well.  The Lord has helped, guided and protected us by His mercy.  In a time of severe economic recession here, the Lord has been faithful to provide for us to continue on here in His work.  We praise Him for that!  In regards to our health, there have been some struggles.  My mom has been struggling some with her health, so please pray for her.  Then I have been battling sickness since the beginning of this year, particularly malaria. In just 6 months I have had malaria 5 times, and the last one was particularly bad.  The first 4 times were actually the same malaria as the medication never quite cleared it out of my body, but I now use a strong injectible medication, which is more effective.  So please pray for me, as it is very hard to function and do all that needs to be done when one is struggling so much with sickness.

Right now it is public school holidays for 6 weeks and in this time we have several events.  We started off with the conference we attended which I mentioned above, and next we are going to invite several of the leading girls to our home for a weekend of teaching and fellowship with my mom.  Another weekend several of the guys will come for a weekend of teaching and fellowship as well.  Our biggest upcoming event is a large youth camp we are organizing in conjunction with Palavra Da Vida (Word of Life Ministries).  They are a non-denominational ministry which specializes in youth, and we have been very encouraged and blessed by their work.  This will be their first time doing a camp with us, and we are all very excited!  We are responsible for food, accommodation, and getting the youth together, while they will be leading the actual camp. It will be for 4 days, from 17 to 20 August.  Please pray for that, we are expecting up to 200 youth.  It will be a wonderful outreach opportunity! Please pray for lost souls to be saved, and the believers to be encouraged and helped.

Below please find some more photos, I hope you enjoy them!  Lord willing we hope to keep you all better informed as to what the Lord is doing here.  We appreciate and need your prayers very much.  As the Apostle Paul said in Romans 15:30, “Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me.”

Photos of Beach Day with 10 students from the Literacy Center:

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Some photos from the Children’s Day Party in June:

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Some photos from the FIEL Conference in Maputo:

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And finally, the new ministry van the Lord blessed me with, it has been a huge blessing!

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We are so grateful for the Lord’s many blessings!  Please pray for us that He will work in and through us, and that His great Name will be glorified!

Thank you!


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Thank You, Lord

And the one who lives! I was dead, but look, now I am alive – forever and ever – and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! (Rev 1:18)

“Flower! Easter lilies! Speak to me this morning the same dear old lesson of immortality which you have been speaking to so many sorrowing souls.  Wise old Book! let me read again in your pages of firm assurance that to die is gain.  Poets! recite to me your verses which repeat in every line the Gospel of eternal life.  Singers! break forth once more into songs of joy; let me hear again the well-known resurrection psalms.  Tree and blossom and bird and sea and sky and wind whisper it, sound it afresh, warble it, echo it, let it throb and pulsate through every atom and particle; let the air be filled with it.  Let it be told and retold and still retold until hope rises to conviction, and conviction to certitude of knowledge; until we, like Paul, even though going to our death, go with triumphant mien, with assured faith, and with serene and shining face.” ~ Streams In The Desert

What an Amazing God we serve. We here in Xai-Xai just want to bow down before this great God. He has been long-suffering and patient with us for many years, and we cannot in words say enough thank you for what He has done for us.

The Lord works in mysterious ways and truly His ways are not our ways. We have been praying for revival for years. Then the Lord starts to answer our prayers and it is not always in the way that you think, but it is still so amazing to see how He answers those prayers.

Our Mozambican young Christians have been growing so much in the Lord these past 4 months. We see how the Lord is really working in their lives. The Bible studies on Sundays afternoons are growing,  Most of the time the young Christians try to come together at least once a week to watch a good Christian movie or a sermon. They invite the youth of the church, friends and family to these meetings as well. About 6 weeks ago they watched the movie ‘War Room’ and the young Christians that work with Isak and Juan just felt that the Lord wanted them to have a prayer meeting every week after watching it. The Lord honoured these Christians’ desire for prayer. He visited them that first prayer meeting as they confessed sins and asked the Lord to use them more. They prayed for their lost families, friends and the youth of the church. The Holy Spirit is truly working in these weekly prayer meetings. After 2 weeks the young men who are the youth leaders, Jorge, Noé and Vasco decided that they need to bring the Gospel to the young people in the church. There are so many of them that do not know the Lord yet. The young men had some difficulties at first, but they have now started a weekly youth service.  The Lord is faithful and He is honouring their desire to reach out to the lost. They started with the youth meetings and the youth started to come in bigger number than what they thought would come. In these meetings the Lord has started to move through His Spirit and young people are coming under conviction. There is one such a girl that we need to pray for. She is 14-15 years old, already a heavy drinker and lives a very promiscuous life. She knows the Gospel. She came to our children’s Bible classes on Sundays since she was a little girl. The Lord is working in her life and convicting her of her sins and she wants to be saved, so please pray for her.

These young people are also coming to the prayer meetings now. They really seek the Lord through prayer and tears. In Mozambique it is not strange to pray for unsaved people while they are sitting next to you. So, our Christian people are pleading for these young people in the prayer meetings. And the Lord is answering those prayers by convicting the unsaved ones of their sins and their lost state before Him.  Just this week we were overjoyed to hear of one more soul saved, a young man named Gilberto who is the brother of Alcidio, who himself was saved just last November!

Amazingly so many youth are seeking the Lord now. We stand in awe before the Lord in His mercy and pray that the Lord will bring in a huge number of young people that they can go out and spread the Gospel in Mozambique. The Lord is so good. He is really encouraging our young Christians by answering their prayer requests. One such a testimony is from a young lady by the name of Nelma. Nelma’s parents are in the Zionist church, which has so much witchcraft mixed in the with Christianity that it is more a witchcraft church than anything else. So, her mother wanted her to visit the church with her all the time like she used to before she was saved. Nelma really did not want to go back there, but was finding it very difficult to deal with the pressure from her mother.  After we prayed for her, her mother did not ask her again to go with her to the church and overall things are better at home. This is such an encouragement for her and she rejoices in the Lord. Thank you, Lord!

If I look at what the Lord is doing, I am in tears. What a blessing to see the Lord move, and we will keep praying that Revival will bring people to the Lord. May we as Christians grow in our love for our Lord and may we love Him with every thing we have. Worthy is the Lamb. Please Lord, make us holy and use us as instruments in Your hands. Mould us and form us to Your image!

~ Wiesie Westraad


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Update From Xai-Xai, Mozambique

Dear Friends & Family in the Lord,

We apologize that it has taken so long to put an update out here.  The Lord has been so good to us and the work here, and we are excited to tell you about it!

In October the Nazarene Youth Rally at our church where I (Isak) was asked to preach, went really well.  The Lord helped very much in the messages, and our prayer is that lives were changed.  There were probably about a hundred people attending, and there were many fun games, contests, LOTS of singing, and some dancing too.  Mozambicans love singing and dancing!! I’m adding a short video below of the youth from our church entering the church that Sunday morning dressed in traditional kapulana and dancing a traditional dance.

Sadly many of these young people, even though they are regular church goers, do not know the Lord yet.  The messages that were preached focused on Christ as Judge, how escape the coming judgment, and being saved by grace alone.  We continue to pray for these young people, and this coming Sunday (Christmas night) we are hosting a Christmas youth event at our church.  There will be games, a short evangelistic film, and a Bible study.  Please pray that the Lord will bless this time!

This past Sunday, I asked one of our youth to lead the Bible study for the first time.  Noé has been helping with the children’s classes for a while now, and he truly loves the Lord and is a man of the Word.  The previous weekend he and a few of the other guys spent the weekend at our home and I had some really encouraging conversations with him. He is a quiet young man and a deep thinker.  When he led the Bible study yesterday, I was really blessed and encouraged!  The Lord really helped him and I can see he is a natural teacher with a good understanding of the Scriptures and a love for theology!

20161122_204315-2In other news, we are SO excited to share with you that last month the Lord saved two more young people, Alcido and Nercia!

Alcido is 15, and has been coming to our Bible studies for a couple months now.  As he shared in his testimony the other Sunday, he told us that he had already been sharing the Gospel with others when the Lord spoke to him through James 4:10, where he realized he had never humbled himself before the Lord, never truly repented and given himself over to Christ.  So for two weeks we did not see him, as in that time he earnestly sought Christ, humbled himself before the Lord, until he found Him!  Seeing the joy on his face when he pulled me aside the next Sunday afternoon to tell me the Lord has saved him, was so precious!  We are so very thankful and encouraged, and we are glad to see him continuing to follow the Lord.

On the very same day that Alcidio told me that he had been saved, a younger girl named Nercia (14 years old) came to tell me how the Lord had saved her just the previous week as well!  Nercia has been coming to our children’s Bible classes since she was a little girl, and has been part of our Bible study group for a long time as well.  She shared in her testimony that she always thought we were faking it when we prayed, that God did not really exist, or if He did, He did not really care about us.  Through the Bible studies the Lord began working in her heart, and finally one night after watching God’s Not Dead 2 with us at church, the Lord opened her eyes to see that God is real, that He really cares about her and loves her, and so she surrendered herself to Christ and entrusted herself to Him.  She has become a completely different girl!  In her testimony she shared with me, she sat crying as she told me what a terrible sinner she was before, how she rejected Christ over and over, but how amazed she is that Christ has forgiven her and saved her!! We are so grateful for the work of salvation that the Lord has done in her life!  Please pray for her twin brother who is not saved yet.

20161215_154638In regards to our family, we are all doing well. December has been a very busy month for us with work, ministry, and visitors. Last week we had dear friends from South Africa here to visit, and it was a precious and encouraging time of sweet fellowship; we hope to have them come visit again! In the picture to the right you can see Daniel who was kind enough to catch and remove a young python that had been living in our backyard. 🙂

My sister Anneke just arrived this past Saturday to spend her vacation with us, and we so glad to have her with us! We miss her and are looking forward to spending time with her this Christmas break. My father continues to work in the construction business to support the ministries here and he will be finishing this week for a much-deserved Christmas break.  Juan and I both will also be busy with ministry and work this whole week, finishing on Sunday night with the Christmas youth event.

My parents will be travelling to South Africa for their Christmas holidays to visit family and friends, while Anneke, Juan, and myself will be staying home.  We are looking forward to plenty of swimming, snorkeling (it’s summer here!), walks on the beach, fourwheeler riding, visiting with friends, reading, and SLEEP!! 🙂  Not to mention some awesome brother/sister time! 😀20161201_121408

Looking back over this past year, we see how we truly have so much to be grateful for.  We thank the Lord for good health in our family, the saving of lost souls among the youth, spiritual growth among the young Christians, the raising up of local leaders, new ministry opportunities, and so much more!  So please join us in thanking the Lord for His continual faithfulness, grace, mercy, and love towards us.  We serve an amazing and wonderful God!

In closing we would like to wish you all, our dear family and friends, a very

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!!!!

Thank you so much for your prayers, love, and support.


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Lord’s Workings Among the Youth

Dear Friends and Family,

In my last update I promised to do another blog post to tell you all a bit more about what the Lord has been doing in the lives of the teens and young adults at church.  The Lord really has been good!

20161015_131455 (2).jpgAs you may remember, for the past few years we have Bible studies every Sunday afternoon for the youth, and in the past year at least 4 young people have been saved.  Most recently a young man named George (on the far right) was radically saved by our Lord Jesus!  We have known George since he was a little boy and he used to come to our children’s classes, but he stopped coming when he entered his teens.  In these last few months he started coming to Bible study again and he also went with us to the August youth camp in Chokwe.  During this time the Lord did a work in his life and he was truly saved!  I am so blessed and encouraged to see how the Lord has been transforming George’s life, and how he loves the Lord and seeks to follow Him with his whole heart.  I am very excited to see what the Lord will do in his life!

The Bible study as a whole has really been blessed by the Lord lately.  We have more young adults coming, some with a real hunger for the Word.  Not all are saved yet, but we pray for those who are lost.  We are so grateful for the true believers who come and with whom we are blessed to study God’s Word and fellowship together.  We are SO excited to see what the Lord will do in their lives!  It is such a wonderful blessing to fellowship with them, and to see them grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Many of them really love the Lord, and even though they are often surrounded by lost family and friends, an ungodly culture, they press on to follow Christ!

20161018_203107 (2).jpgTo create opportunities for fellowship, we now get together with the youth twice during the week too.  We usually have one night of ‘fun’ where we either watch a good Christian movie or play games, while the second night in the week we either listen to a sermon, have a prayer meeting, or have a sharing and discussion time over the Word.  It has been wonderful to be able to spend more time with the young people, get to know them more, and to become more a part of their lives.  They also have said that they really are glad to get together in the week too, as many of them are surrounded by lost people all the time, so it helps and encourages them to meet with other brothers and sisters.

20161015_151242 (2).jpgSix of the youth now help me every Sunday with the children’s Bible classes, and this has been a huge help to me!  (In the picture to the right, they are busy preparing songs for class the next day). They are leading the classes mostly on their own now, while we just help them when needed.  Our goal is that they will be enabled to go into their own neighbourhoods and teach children there about the Lord too, as we do at church.  As missionaries, one of our main goals is to train up others to continue with the work of the Lord here, and that is what we seek to do specifically with this group of teachers.  This past Saturday they spent the day at the beach with me to celebrate my birthday, and we had a blast! Below are some photos. A few friends/siblings came along.  🙂

All the girls, from left to right: Assie (Muslim neighbor), Irene (a teacher), Naira, Stella (recently saved, loves the Lord!), and Delfina (a teacher).

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All the guys, from left to right: George (recently saved and teacher), Noe (a teacher), Isak, Alan (Assie’s little brother) and Vasco (saved as a boy in our children’s class, one of the leaders in our youth; also a teacher!).

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Playing in the water!

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Playing a netless version of volleyball 🙂

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As you can tell, we had a lot of fun on the beach that day!  It was a great blessing!  😀

Lastly I would like to inform you that the youth rally I had mentioned in my last post, had been postponed.  It will now be this weekend on the 22nd and 23rd.  I will be preaching 2 sermons, hosting a debate, and giving Bible quizzes. The program starts Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. and does not finish until Sunday at noon!  Please pray for me as I finish preparing this week and please pray for all there that the Lord will work a great work, as most of those attending do not know the Lord yet.  Pray that souls may be saved!

In closing, here are a few prayer points:

  • Thank the Lord for the work of salvation He has done in the lives of several of the youth.
  • Please pray that the Lord will save many more.
  • Please pray that the Lord will help the young Christians, that they may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that they may know and love the Lord more!
  • Please pray for help and wisdom for those of us who lead the Sunday Bible study.
  • Please pray for the bi-weekly evening meetings to be blessed by the Lord as well, that it may be times of sweet fellowship and spiritual growth.
  • Please pray for the 6 new teachers who are helping with the children’s Bible classes.  Pray that the Lord will help and enable them, and that they may become effective witnesses for the Lord.
  • Please pray for the youth event this weekend, that the Lord will give much grace, and that He will do a great work in the hearts of those attending.

Thank you all so much for your faithful love, prayers, and support!  We truly appreciate each one of you so much.

~ Isak for the Mozambique Team

“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”” ~ Revelation 7:9-10

 


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Update From Xai-Xai, Mozambique

Dear Friends and Family,

It certainly has been a long time since we have posted an update on the blog!  For that I sincerely apologize.  Lord willing, I will be posting more regular updates from now on, and I apologize in advance that this post is a bit lengthy.

20160906_111714 (2)First I would like to say that our family is doing well!  The Lord has been very good to us, and we are all healthy and fit. We are so grateful for this, as some of you may remember that we have had our share of health battles.  The Lord is good!  One of our recent blessings is that on the 4th of September my parents celebrated 34 years of marriage.  They are truly such a precious couple and are still very much in love with each other 🙂 ❤ Anneke, Juan, and I are so blessed to have grown up with such a beautiful example of marriage and love!  We love you, Ma & Pa!!

Now for an update on the work here, which I know is very overdue.

IMG_20160902_162725In the beginning of the year, Juan started teaching English to a group of young people.  He has been doing this for several months now, and is about to finish this beginner course he has been working through with them. This is a wonderful opportunity for Juan to touch the lives of these young people, especially since several of them are true believers.  They all love and appreciate Juan very much!  Right now we are looking at different curriculums and English courses for him to continue teaching English, so please pray that the Lord will give us wisdom as to how exactly we are to proceed.

20160803_093959Some of you already know this, but Lord willing, we are planning to open an English Christian school here in Xai-Xai in the future. We are very excited about this! Mozambique is in such desperate need of good education, and the best way to give that to them is together with the Gospel and the Bible, and that is what we want to do! We are planning to use the A.C.E. curriculum, as it is our favorite curriculum out there.  Not only is it wonderful academically, but even more importantly it focuses on the Gospel, Biblical teaching, and character building in an exemplary way.  We have our own property and right now we are in the process of constructing our first building.  If the Lord wills, we will open in January of 2018 with the first few grades of primary school.  As the students move to the following grade each year, we will expand the school until we are a full school from pre-school to grade 12, Lord willing!

DSC_0079You may remember that before we had a Literacy Center where we would teach a group of students for about 3 years.  We finished with our first group at the end of last year, and decided to take a break this year.  The Lord has been laying it on our hearts to continue with the Literacy Centers though, so Lord willing we will be opening a new one in the beginning of next year. At least one (possibly two) of our Christian young people will be helping me teach, with the goal that they will learn to run a Literacy Center by themselves in the future.  To remind you, at the Literacy Center we take a group of between 20-30 students ages 8-10 who go to public school, yet who cannot read or write.  We teach them basic English and how to read and write using A.C.E. curriculum for about 3 years.  Most importantly, we share the Gospel with them and teach the Bible to them.  We have found that the Literacy Centers are very successful, and it is such a wonderful opportunity to pour into the lives of these precious children who need Christ so desperately!  Right now we are in the planning stages, so please pray for wisdom in that.  We will likely start in February 2017.

As for the Sunday morning Bible classes for children and the Sunday afternoon youth Bible study, it is going very well!  Especially the Bible study has been going very well with more young adults attending.  I will soon give you all a more detailed update on the children’s classes and Bible study that will include the testimony of one of the young men who was recently saved.

In other news, two weeks ago I attended a youth camp in Chokwe (where Anneke is) with 9 of the young people from here in Xai-Xai.  The Christian school where Anneke works hosted the youth camp which was given by a Brazilian ministry called Palavra Da Vida (Word Of Life), and it was excellent!  It was a fantastic time of fellowship, much fun and games, and excellent messages by the Brazilian pastors.  We liked it so much that we are hoping to host them next year here in Xai-Xai, so they can give a youth camp here!  It truly was a blessing to be there and I know that our young people from here came back very encouraged and helped.  Below are a few photos from the camp.20160818_08540520160819_11004820160820_141728

Lastly, I briefly want to mention that I (Isak) have been asked to be the guest speaker at the yearly youth rally the Nazarene church we attend hosts.  It is the youth of several churches who come together for two days of fellowship, games, and messages, and this year they asked me to preach.  I will be preaching two messages and I will also be hosting a debate (yikes!).  Several of the young Christians from church told me that the majority of those attending are somewhat religious, but still very lost!  So this is an amazing opportunity to share the Gospel with them.  Please pray for me, as I so desperately need the Lord’s help!  It will be on the 17th and 18th of this month.

I would like to close with a few prayer points:

  • Please pray that the Lord will keep us close to Him, that we will come to know and love Him more, and that we will glorify Him in our lives here in Mozambique.
  •  Please pray for the A.C.E. school we want to start here, that the Lord will finish it, that He will provide the right staff and students, and that His Name be glorified there.
  • Please pray for the Literacy Center for next year, that the Lord will give wisdom and help in all areas as we plan and prepare for it.
  • Please pray for the children at the Sunday morning Bible classes, that the ones who are saved may grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ while those who are lost may come to our Savior and be saved
  • Please pray for the Sunday afternoon Bible study, that the Lord will cause great spiritual growth there for all of us, and that those in the group who are lost will come to a saving faith in Christ.
  • Please pray for the saved children and young people.  Pray that the enemy will not cause them to fall back into sin, but that instead they will be completely surrendered to the Lord, obedient, and loving and following Him with all their hearts.
  • Please pray for the youth rally where I’ll be preaching, that the Lord will give me great wisdom (which I desperately lack!!) and that the Lord will work in the lives of youth so that they might be saved, and those who are saved may be blessed and encouraged.

Thank you so very much for your prayers, love, and support!  We are truly grateful.  May the Lord richly bless each of you in this day.

~Isak for the Moz Team