June 13th 2007 No comments yet
Day 2 in Maputo (Tuesday for you) and we hit the ground running. That’s because we overslept the alarm and woke up just before we were being picked up to go to the conference where I’m teaching. It’s a good thing someone on the street below our room decided to use the horn on his car to wake up a friend. Otherwise we might have slept ’til noon.
I taught three one-hour plenary sessions today to a group of about one hundred Mozambican pastors and missionaries. They had gathered for a conference that was organized by our host Isaias Uaene. (This is a vowel rich language, isn’t it? Maybe they could loan some vowels to the Bosnians. They’re constantly short in that category.) I’ll have five more sessions at the conference over the next three days. Tomorrow (Wednesday for you) Lee Hopwood will lead the devotional time for the conference.
Isaias is a former DTS student whom I worked with quite closely. Before he came to DTS he had held several positions among Mozambican evangelicals. After returning to his country, Isaias founded the Center for Leadership Develop (CDL), a Bible college and seminary here in Maputo. He also pastors a church, is head of the national Baptist denomination, and interfaces with several expatriate mission agencies on various projects throughout the country.
When I had Isaias in class at DTS we worked together designing CDL. It will be a thrill to see it in operation tomorrow. Isaias and his wife, Quezia, have five-year-old twins, son Samuel and daughter Anna. Samuel and Anna were born in Dallas with Priscilla photographing them as they were brought out of the delivery room.
After the conference we spent a few hours touring the more developed parts of Maputo. If you haven’t looked at a map of southern Africa recently, Maputo is on the Indian Ocean overlooking a beautiful bay. Like most cities in the developing world, the contrast between the impoverished and the wealthy here is startling. Development is uneven and the gap between the “haves” and the “have nots” grows daily.
Although the government of Mozambique is socialist in ideology, churches operate openly and freely here. Throughout the next few days we will visit several different ministries and learn more about possible opportunities for Stonebriar Community Church mission involvement.
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