Friday, July 27, 2012


How often are expectations are the source of our discontentedness?  

We expect things from our family, spouse, children, employers, employees, and friends. When they fall short of our expectations, we react.

We get upset at our children because of unreached expectations.

We divorce over unmet expectations.

Employees are fired over unmet expectations.

Relationships are strained or broken through expectations not met.

Expectations can be realistic, unreasonable, or even false.

Sometimes we fail without even knowing we’re not meeting expectations.

Sometimes we have to raise our expectations. 

Sometimes we have to be patient with our expectations. 

Sometimes we have to change our expectations.
David, in the book of Psalms, tells us to 'Wait and hope and expect the Lord.' (Ps 27:14)

When all else fails and expectations around us are not met, He will never fail us.

When disappointment reigns, He is still there.

Wait and hope and expect the Lord.

Be encouraged today.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Annual English Camp!

It's been a busy week as we welcomed a group from Texas and Brazil who came to host this year's English camp. So far, we've had a great week with the campers who have come to not only work on their English, but also learn more about God through games, dramas, singing, activities, and service projects. We also include some of the campers from former years to be ambassadors to the new campers. I'll be putting together a video later, but for now here are a few photos.

Campers and staff divide into groups to get to know each other on day one.

Green team having fun! (Campers and staff are divided into four teams)

Painting camp T-shirts
While the camp is for high school kids, there is a lot of neighborhood kids who come by to hang out.

The campers love all the activities planned by the Sugar Creek, Texas team.

Retelling of the story of Elijah and the profits of Baal through a drama.

Monday, July 09, 2012

A week in Pictures

We are so thankful for two groups who spent the week in ministry with us, both from South Africa. It was a great week, with lots of relationships built, contacts made, and work accomplished. I shared a number of other things that happened last week, if you missed those posts.

We also praise God for two women in Quinjata who have been coming to church for quite a while and who gave their lives to Christ and were baptized in the ocean yesterday! (Unfortunately, I don't have photos of them.)

Worship at David's
Teaching about how we should be the light of the world.

Progress on the well. The foundation is build and we are waiting on the pump.
Progress on Mel and Mandy's house!

Foundation poured at our house.

The new church building in Magola!

Lots of hard workers.

Edna and I (what a cutie!!)
Be a blessing today!


Saturday, July 07, 2012

Janu gets his wheelchair!

While it took a lot longer to have this special wheelchair built than we had planned, it was all worth it to see Jano's smile when we delivered it to him last Sunday. What a precious boy!

A big thanks goes to the Creek Kids at Sugar Creek Baptist Church who collected change for The ECHO Project to supply vitamins for children in the villages we work with and to build this special chair for Jano. Visit The ECHO Project website to learn more about what is happening and how you can make a difference!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Aleyna goes to Mozambique

Those of you following my blog know that June and July are always a very busy time for us as we host short-term mission groups wanting to get involved in the work here. This year, has been extra busy as we have two groups from the US, two from South Africa, and a group from Brazil arriving next week for English camp. On top of all of that we are also trying to build our houses at the same time.

South African group brought Jano his wheelchair! (More on this soon)
This week we are hosting two groups from South Africa as well as two college grads from the US who are both spending a month here with us working in ministry. I thought you might enjoy one of the updates of one of our summer interns, Aleyna, as she shares what has been going on the last couple of days. Enjoy!

"So I am two days behind in my updates...Yesterday (7/3) we worked on the veggie tunnel and then we went into town to host the English club. About this veggie tunnel - I have a new found appreciation for any farmer! Alissa and I worked with a few Mozambicans to till the land where the veggie tunnel (which I found out today is actually going to be more of a veggie rectangle) and that was hard work clearing all the brush and roots. It was all manual labor - we had our hands and a few hoe looking things. 

Wish I had gloves because there was definitely some poisonous scorpion looking things in the ground that we had to kill. I am still sore two days later from all the bending over. When the team from S. Africa arrived Alissa and I helped sew panels of netting together to provide the covering for the veggie rectangle. I learned how to say thank you very much in Afrikaans - I have no clue how to spell it - it sounds like "buy a donkey". 

In the afternoon we went to English club with the S. African team and hosted a lesson/craft on being fishers of men. We met and talked with Jose and Alice. Jose spoke excellent English and Alice was super shy.                                       
Afternoon at English Club

Alissa and Alyena
Today (7/4) I wore the post patriotic clothing i could find- my Texas flag shorts from Tyler's and a shirt with the American flag - in honor of the 4th of July. Happy 4th from Mozambique! The ladies from the S. African team and Alissa and I went the the orphanage down the street. Talk about heart breaker. I wanted to take all of them home with me! There is a playground right next door so we went and played this S. African game called "Rotten Egg" that is kind of like "duck, duck, goose", Red Rover, and this other game that doesn't really have a name. 

The little boys sat in a line in front of a soccer goal post and grabbed on to each other around the chest to make a chain. The point of the game was for someone to peel off one by one each kid from the line. They were surprised that I could pull them all off! After the orphanage we went into the local market...I still had my Texas flag shorts on and EVERYBODY knew that I was from the US some people even knew I was from Texas :-) I practiced a little bit of Portuguese...thank goodness some of it is coming back to me! 

Hanging out at the orphanage
At English club today we talked about the story of the Jesus feeding the 5000 with just 5 loafs of bread and two fish. I got to visit with a lot of the disciples (yea!!) and meet some more new friends. I met a new friend named Delson who helped me with my Bitonga. He was surprised I knew the few words that I did! I am learning parts of the body now...I hope I can remember them tomorrow!
English Camp
I am absolutely LOVING my time here! Every time I come it feels like home and its especially nice to have friends and see familiar faces in town. Thank you for praying for me and those around me!!! So far the Lord has been shining His Glory on this trip and all that I have encountered so far! 

New friends

Old Friends
P.S. Scott said that there are two ladies in the Quinjata village church who want to be baptized Sunday! I am so excited! Hopefully in the next few days I can post some pictures and I will try and get a video of the baptism!