Dear Friends and Family,
After a great time in Holland and in Switzerland, Heleninha and I are back in Mozambique again. After these holidays, I have been in Pemba for a week for the Global Team Meetings from Iris Ministries. Besides having a time of rest, meeting with lots of people, and being in nature, it was also good to hear God speaking about “rapid” growth. And indeed we suddenly see things happen:
A missionary has come to help: Thalita Ramos from Brazil is 21 years old with a heart for children and evangelism. She will stay for at least half a year.
My house is in the process of being renovated. A Lady from South Africa, very sick herself, took initiative and now they are repairing and renewing everything. It started with the leaking roof. After that they noticed the rotten wood, the doors, lack of space, etc. In the next letter I’ll show you the result, or come and see yourself! It will be bonita (beautiful)!
There are plans now to start building a dorm for older girls, another answer to prayer. It will be a little house on our property for 12 girls.
We are going to buy a piece of land in “Stevel,” a remote area, to start a new church.
We are thinking of starting an evangelism program in one of the hospitals nearby.
And finally the water tower has arrived: A water tank, so high up that the water will come down with enough pressure, even for the showers to work. Are we going to say goodbye to bucket showers? We believe that these improvements in the natural are also a symbol for what is going to happen in the spiritual realm. More living water, so that we will see more and more of the promise in Isaiah 43:18 coming true: “See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up.”
Have I become a grandmother? :) Amelia and Beatriz both have had a baby, two sweet baby girls. Amelia lives with Christina, the educator who is like a mother to her. Cristina helps her with taking care of the baby, Lissara. She was premature, born at about 7 months and weighing 2 kilos. She is doing very well and is growing! Amina, the baby of Beatriz, was born a few weeks ago at 3 kilos and is also doing well. Beatriz went back to live with Joaquim, Amina’s father. Pray for him that he will get to know the Lord and that he will change. At the moment he is violent.
Please keep our oldest boys in your prayers as well. Pray for Betinho, Hipolito, Benedito, and others, that God will open the right doors for their future. In Holland, somebody received a word from the Lord that those older boys will bring fruit for our ministry. I keep hold to that promise, instead of worrying.
Once again, thank you for your friendship, prayers, love, and support!