Archive for April, 2013

The Retreat in Mozambique
April 11, 2013

In an earlier blog I mentioned the retreat for global workers. It was a 3-hour drive to get to the retreat location. Some stretches of the road were well-maintained blacktop; other sections were rough stone and potholes.

The team from Zambia had an 18-hour drive to get to the retreat – ten hours one day and eight the next.

Back to our trip, at a small river men were selling prawns (shrimp), so Steve bought some for the retreat – the largest shrimp I have ever seen!

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The retreat took place in central Mozambique, not far from the town of Gorongosa, at a fine camp called Gorongosa Adventures. It is operated by the van Zyl family. Here you see Piet and Ria and their son Saki (nickname for Isaac).

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This is their house. On the last evening they had a barbecue for us.

We stayed in tents that were protected by reed shelters.

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The front part of the shelter was a spacious sitting area. And here is our tent.

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We held our group sessions in another shelter.

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This is the entrance to our eating area. The interior is decorated as a typical dining room.

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One evening we drove to an overlook above the Pungue River, taking soft drinks and snacks with us.

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In the group sessions I led an interactive study of the Acts of the Apostles. The global missionaries shared insights and experiences about living in a different culture and the dynamics of sharing the gospel across cultural lines. We thank God that the good news about Jesus Christ is for all people everywhere.

Beira, Mozambique
April 10, 2013

Here are some scenes from the beach and market area of Beira.

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Heave ho! We are pushing the boat to the water.

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We made it!

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Dried fish for sale.

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Rope  of many kinds and colors.

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“Buy your salt here!” In Portuguese or the Ndau (en-dow) language, of course.

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Some homes are built of stones placed between poles. Then sometimes the walls are covered with mud, providing good protection from the heat.

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The Grand Hotel was grand in the past but was neglected and abandoned by its owners some years ago, so people have moved in and live there the best they can.

There are also many modern, well-kept buildings in Beira, but at the moment I do not have photos of them.

Trip to Mozambique
April 10, 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

We arrived in Mozambique on April 2 for about a two-week stay. We are with Steve and Chris Newcomer, Brethren in Christ missionaries who live in the seacoast city of Beira, on the Indian Ocean, and do leadership training in the churches.

The main reason for this trip is for me to speak at a retreat for our missionaries from four nations in southern Africa. The retreat, now past, was held at a camp three hours’ drive north of here, Gorongosa Adventures, operated by Piet and Ria van Zyl and their 22-year-old son Saki. They are a delightful family, committed Christians and gifted in hospitality.

We stayed in tents – large ones with twin beds and a reed roof above the tent. We walked to the bathhouse and toilets. At night we heard bushbabies (related to baboons and monkeys) crying, and in early morning the roosters from a nearby village made sleep a bit difficult. We had electricity and hot water from about 4:00 to 10:00 PM. The tents were sheltered by small and large trees.

For meals we walked several blocks’ distance through the bush to the dining area, made of reed roofs and low reed walls so that the rooms are open to the air. The floor also consists of reed mats, laid down over black plastic. The meals, prepared by Ria and some helpers, were delicious, many of them being Afrikaans dishes that the van Zyls brought with them when they moved here from South Africa twelve years ago.

There were 14 adult missionaries at the retreat, plus the two young children of Jonathan and Becky Owen. JoLene and I and Sam Williams were here from the Missions Office. Tanya, a Mozambican, wife of a pastor, was there to provide child care. Here is the group, gathered in the meeting area, which was open on three sides.

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The retreat went well. I shall post more information and photos later.