Multi-cultural Worship

June 18th 2007 2 comments so far  

I thought you might enjoy my wife, Priscilla’s, reflections on the worship service we attended this morning in the country of Mozambique as part of a Missions trip. Here are her thoughts:

This morning we worshiped at the Malhangalene Baptist Church where our friend Isaias Uaene is the pastor. The church building is small, holding about 60, so there are two services. You talk about a “blended” worship experience, we had it this morning. The first service was at 7:30 and every bench was filled. The worshippers were Mozambican, Brazilian, American (us), Austrian, old and young. We began with …

Was a miracle sitting in my lap today? Day five in Maputo

June 16th 2007 2 comments so far  

Sitting in the open doorway on a concrete floor in a red checked dress, little Filomena lifted her arms and her liquid, dark brown eyes to a tall bearded stranger. All of the other kids at this remote one-story orphanage had either run out, or been carried out, to swarm the white guests who had just driven up into the red sandy yard. Already undersized at twelve months, she weighed little more than most babies half her age. Like one-third of the babies born to HIV positive mothers, Filomena tested positive soon after birth for the virus that …

It’s Monday Evening in Maputo, Mozambique

June 11th 2007 2 comments so far  

It’s Monday evening in Maputo, Mozambique. We (my wife Priscilla, along with Lee and RoseAnn Hopwood) arrived this afternoon in Maputo (pronounced “mah poo too”) on a flight from Johannesburg, South Africa. That was after two previous all night flights from Dallas to London (Sat.-Sun.) and London to Johannesburg (Sun.-Mon.). We’re bone weary but excited to be here.

Over two million folks call Maputo home. Driving from the airport Priscilla and I just looked at each other and said, “This is Africa!” After traveling for over thirty hours when we got in the line for passport control for foreign nationals …

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