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Final thoughts on Mozambique

June 22nd 2007 No comments yet  

We left our friends in Maputo and have come to Johannesburg, South Africa, where we are staying with my former student, Charlotte Moore. Charlotte heads up a ministry called “Turn the Tide for Children.” More about that later.

Our ten days in Maputo went by far too quickly, and leaving dear friends is never easy. Some final reflections about our experience in this very complex and challenging mission environment will hopefully help you get a picture of what the Church here faces. Mozambique’s history, like every country’s past, powerfully shapes its present. Mozambique has been described as post-colonial and post-communist. After …

I’d like to choose what I eat.

June 20th 2007 4 comments so far  

Here in Maputo South Africa, we spent Tuesday with the local Opportunity International (OI) staff. According its website, OI’s mission is “to provide opportunities for people in chronic poverty to transform their lives.” Their core “business” is providing small loans to those who want to grow a business. After an orientation session in the main office we visited several groups of loan recipients. While each of the groups had its own character, they all had one thing in common–an unusual commitment to each person’s success. Most of the loan recipients have a stall in a market area where they …

“I have a dream.” Day Four in Maputo.

June 14th 2007 1 comment so far  

Do you long to see God do something through you that makes you think you might be just a little bit crazy?About eight years ago a student from Mozambique walked into my DTS office, introduced himself to me, sat down stiffly (as students tend to do when they’re in a professor’s office) and said quietly, but with resolve, “I have a dream.” For the next several minutes Isaias Uaene unfolded for me his vision for establishing an accredited theological school in Maputo, Mozambique, that would provide solid biblical training for leaders from any and every evangelical denomination in his …

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