News from Moz… and some important information
Tielson and Michelle, the Brazilian couple who joined us in Dec 2009, left this month. They felt God was calling them back to Brazil to help resurrect a fallen church, so they don’t plan to return to Mozambique at this point. Those of us who are left have had to pick up the slack and take on their responsibilities, which is a sizable amount of work. For Jon, he has had to take back on being in charge of the maintenance crew, evangelism, and transportation, and another missionary, Julie, has begun working more with the local church. Please pray for Julie, as she is finding her new responsibilities a little heavy for her right now, pray that she’ll be able to know what she *really* needs to take on, what can be delegated to others, and that she will be able to find joy, peace, and rest even in the midst of the whirlwind.
Our new preschool students at the opening ceremony of the school!
Jon and I have both begun teaching classes in the Bible School for the first time. That has gone very well so far, my class is called “Our Relationship with God”, which has been a great subject. I really pray my students come away from school here with more than just a head knowledge of the Bible, but a personal relationship with the Author of Life! Jon’s class is about the attributes of Christ, and even in his first class he had a number of great questions and topics, where students were wanting to know how to separate the truth about Jesus as presented in Bible from the the teachings of cults. We both enjoy teaching, and right now I’m wondering why I didn’t start sooner!
Me with my class of Bible students! Yes, I have to wear a white lab coat as my teaching uniform. Yes, it is very hot.
Jon has also started teaching some classes on how to take video and pictures and put together DVDs. We bought a camera for the base that he has been teaching a few people how to use, and twice a week they get together to see what they have filmed/photographed and learn how to do it better. He hopes the church will be able to use this as a small business venture, recording weddings, conferences, sermons, worship concerts, and events and then selling copies of the DVDs.
Jon converts our dining room into a classroom for his film/photography/computer class.
We will be welcoming back two missionaries this week, Calli, who was here Dec 2009-June 2010 and is coming back long-term, and Laura, who was here Jan-Mar 2010 and this time is coming for 6 months. Surprisingly enough, they’ll be arriving in Dondo on the same flight this Saturday!
Calli works with the kids, and we are all excited to have her back! She’s a fun Texas girl with a lot of spunk and really loves the boys here.
Laura is an artist from the same suburb of St. Louis as Jon’s parents, and is a good friend of Jon’s mom. She wants to start up an art school and will also probably teach in the Bible School.
Kyran is still a much-loved member of the base. He’s 11 months old now, hard to believe he’s so close to his first birthday! He can stand on his own for a little while, but he hasn’t started taking steps yet. Pretty soon I’ll have to do a more thorough job of baby-proofing the house as he gets more mobile! It has been very hot here, and almost every day he spends some time outside splashing in water basins to cool off. He still has some heat rash in spite of all I do to try to keep him cool, but as the weather gets rainier I hope it will be a little less ridiculously hot. (I know, it’s strange to be talking about our heat while most of the people reading this are experiencing snow and ice!)
“Uh, Mom? Do you think we could get a bigger kiddie pool?” Kyran sharing his water basin with a friend!
Well, that’s about all we have to report for now. Thanks again for your prayers, please keep them up.
Love and blessings,
~Carla, Jon, and Kyran Reinagel