We regularly meet with several local pastors and ministry partners to brainstorm ideas for how we can reach our city for Christ more effectively and help disciple people to go deeper in their faith. In one such meeting, one partner shared his story of how the first church he attended as a new believer had a pastor who was illiterate.
The sermons were shallow, and left more questions than answers in this young man’s mind. Thankfully, he was invited to a missionary’s home and told he could borrow books to go deeper, grow spiritually, and learn the Bible. As a result ...
Classic charity seeks to help people, generally through handouts. Classic business seeks to fill a niche in the market and make a profit. But what if these ideas are combined? Social entrepreneurship seeks to help people--not with humbling handouts, but through empowering, profit-generating business ideas and training for the people who need it most.
We latched onto this philosophy and opened up a sewing school for widows and single mothers who struggle to provide for themselves and their families. Rather than handing them food or money, we train them in a skill that ...
We're Back in Moz!
There and Back Again
It's been a while since we sent out an update, we've been busy traveling the world!
Here's a recap of our trip: Drove 6,000 miles in the car Flew 23,000 miles in an airplane Passed through 8 airports Visited 7 countries (en route) Slept in 18 different places Spoke at 8 churches / groups
It was great, but let's just say we're glad to be home, sleeping in our own beds, kids back in school, and all of us back into a semblance of a normal routine!
Creating a library in a good step, but our goal reaches far beyond this. We aim to bring a culture of literacy and self-learning to Mozambique. To further this goal, our library has outreach for the youth and their parents. The first outreach was titled "The Importance of Reading for the Today's Youth"
My people perish for lack of knowledge. - Hosea 4:6
There and Back Again It's been a while since we sent out an update, we've been busy traveling the world! Here's a recap of our trip: Drove 6,000 miles in the car Flew 23,000 miles in an airplane Passed through 8 airports Visited 7 countries (en route) Slept in 18 different places Spoke at 8 churches / groups
It was great, but let's just say we're glad to be home, sleeping in our own beds, kids back in ...
Over half of Mozambique is under 16 years old. Most children have no access to books in their heart language. Where will they learn how to read? Early childhood literacy is key to a good education and a happy life. Think about it: if you come into school already knowing how to read and write, then school is a joy for you - your teacher loves you, your classmates are always asking you for help and you enjoy being there. Now think of school if you don't know how to read and begin to fall behind the rest of your classmates. These children are easily discouraged and it is ...
Prayed for us Sent us words of encouragement Donated financially Contributed to helping us furnish the new building Sent stuff to us with visitors Bought products from the sewing school Visited us in Mozambique Spread the word and told others about us Helped us find new partnerships Read our updates and stayed in touch Kept up with our Facebook posts Joined our Facebook prayer page
If you did any of these things, you played a role in making this our best year yet, and we invite ...
It has been a busy few months here in Mozambique! We are continually blown away by God's goodness and faithfulness. Read on to see what He's been up to in our little corner of the world!
When we rented a 3-bedroom apartment to be our first office location, we only had 2 full-time workers plus us 3 missionaries, and the space was more than sufficient. Then our team grew… and grew… and ...
We believe in developing the whole person, and as such we teach on many practical issues from a Biblical perspective. Bernardo has given various financial management seminars, both for the staff and at local churches. We seek to empower and influence believers with the skills they need to be godly stewards of their finances. Also, because most Mozambicans grow up with very little, they aren't taught how to steward what they do have. This lack of knowledge is even more pronounced for the ones that are the first in their family to go to university or to get a ...
"Last year we prayed about doing a family mission trip and contacted different people we knew [doing mission work] throughout the world...Mozambique, with Jon and Carla, is where we felt God was leading us to spend some time."
During their time here, the Koenig family taught a variety of workshops for members of our partner churches. Amy taught a crochet class, and showed her students how to make yarn out of old t-shirts (which are readily available in the market and very ...