News from the front…

Since Carla updated you on our daily routines and what we're learning, I get to tell you the more exciting things – what we've been doing. And what God's been doing. And why we need your prayers constantly. I know it is a bit long, but it's an amazing story – if you don't have time to read it now, please save it and read it sometime soon.You may wonder how two missionaries focused on saving dying orphans ended up with 9000 churches… We have been wondering that too, but our latest outreach has given us a lot of insight. The former street kids and AIDS orphans play a ...

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Yes, we are still alive…

Hello, Dear Ones! I guess we haven't written one of these update things since the school started, but that can tell you a little bit about how busy we've been! It's a bit overwhelming at times to sit under amazing, life-changing messages every single day--sometimes we feel like we're about to burst with it all. To give you a taste of life here, this is what the schedule looks like on an average day: Get up and attempt to have some semblance of quiet time in a small house full of 8 people and a small compound with 100 people. We have to take showers on a once-per-3-days ...

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School Time!

Hello all you beautiful people! Just a quickie update, we had a blast at the Dondo base even though we were only there for a few days. It's a much smaller base than the other ones we've been to, but they have a big vision. Their orphanage has about about 30 kids, but the exciting thing is they have a program for orphans living in the villages, like I mentioned in the last update, just to help support and empower family members to take care of kids so they can still grow up in a family and community. They only have 4 missionaries right now, 2 of which were gone on ...

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Gondola… Life is crazy!

Hello, dear ones! Wow, life will throw you some unexpected curve balls... especially when you're living day-to-day on faith! As of last update we were in South Africa and planning to stay there most of May working with an Iris base in Nelspruit (close to the border of Mozambique). We did have a great time while we were there, we got to go on a weekend outreach with one of the missionaries and a team to a remote village. The church was precious--a little lean-to building with corrugated tin for one wall and a tarp for the other, with the back just open--and the people ...

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Zimpeto and South Africa

Hello All!We just left Zimpeto yesterday after almost 3 weeks there. It was the first base we visited when we arrived in January, so it was fun to see familiar people and re-establish relationships we started a few months ago. For me it was a bit of a break from the craziness in Pemba-- I got to just hang out with the kids, teach guitar, catch up on some required reading for the upcoming mission school, and encourage the teams coming through the base. As soon as I started giving guitar lessons I was in very high demand, every time I'd step outside our door I would be ...

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A Little About Mozambican Culture

Hey Everyone,This is for those of you who want to know a little more about the culture we are reaching out to - I think it's absolutely fascinating, but I understand it's not everyone's cup of tea. Our other recent update has the information about what has been happening in our lives and our praise reports and prayer requests.I got a chance last night to speak to a missionary who has been here 15 years. He had a ton of insight into the culture, especially things like the family dynamics that had just confused and frustrated us. So, after talking to him, I feel like I can ...

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Leaving Pemba

Hey Everyone!For Carla and I, being in Pemba has been fascinating. It isn't your typical mission base - with everyone here, there are about 40 missionaries. It's not just a Bible school or an orphanage or a food distribution center - it's a sending and equipping center for over 1000 churches that did not exist 5 years ago! Most of the time, the base is a frantic hum of activity. Prayer and worship is going on for hours a day and healings happen all the time. But that's Pemba May-December when the base is fully staffed and the 80-person visitor center is at full capacity....

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Outreach Time!

Hey All,Many thanks for all the prayers you all have blessed us with, we appreciate them! We've been continuing to help anywhere and everywhere needed here in the Pemba base, they always manage to find some odd jobs for us to do to stay busy and useful. We are so glad we can blessthem with the talents we have to offer.Last Thursday we got to go on a village outreach that was quite fun. We all piled onto a flatbed truck with about a dozen of the Iris pastors-in-training (they have a Bible school going on right now), and drove for about 1 1/2 hours to a little village. We ...

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Still in Pemba…

Hey Everyone, Our plans have changed quite a bit. As of Sunday night, we were headed down to the flood relief area. The next day, plans got completely changed. We learned that the government was waiting on our response to the floodwork, and if we started flying in food, they would keep what they had been given by other countries! There are so many twisted politics here... Anyway, after a lot of prayer, the leadership here decided to forego any large scale feeding efforts and focus on evangelism and do what they can through the individual pastorships in the flood regions. ...

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