Have a Very Merry Christmas!

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What a wonderful time of year. Why? Because this is the most important time in the Christian calendar, this is the time of year we remember God’s love when He sent His only son as a gift for us.

Have a fantastic Christmas, enjoy it with others and remember to thank the Lord that we are loved and cared for by Him. We pray that you will be able to share His story this week.

God Bless

Is God controlling or in control?

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I have heard many people over time say “it’s OK God is in control”. This statement is true but does it mean that God is controlling? Whilst God most certainly is in control, He allows consequences for our actions.

Let us make sure our actions declare the good news of salvation to others, as St. Francis of Assisi said "Preach the gospel. And if necessary, use words."

Our role is to disciple Mozambican leaders so they in turn can reach out to others. God wants us to partner with Him in ensuring all tribes and tongues are given the chance to eternal life.

We thank all the people who have taken action to be part of this team, we know this has positive consequences.

Our visa applications are in the hands of the Government please continue to pray that these will be processed without undue delay.

3rd December 2007

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Prayer points:

Visas to be approved soon.

Financial pledges to come in.

On our travels we saw this huge 88 stand shearing shed near Dalby.
200 000 sheep were shorn here each year!

We are still in Australia waiting for our visa application to be processed. We trust that the timing will be right when these are finally approved.
Once enough pledges come in to meet our budget we can prepare and sign contracts with World Mission, ready to leave when visas are approved. We are still short at this time. We thank everybody who has pledged their support and trust you will be blessed as a result.

In the mean time our delay has given us the opportunity to share our vision with some great churches and may give us a chance to spend Christmas with our family. God knows this is important as we won’t be able to be with extended family for several years once we leave for Mozambique.

As a family we have been blessed, spending time with friends and meeting people that have a heart to help others.

Steam Train

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As I was praying today I saw ministry as a steam train, as we sit in the station building up steam it takes time, once we start the journey it looks like we will never reach full speed, but the engineer knows that everything is moving as it should. The exciting time is down the track when the train reaches full speed. The time to join a train is while it sits at a station. How fast can a steam train go, it depends on the engine. In ministry, prayer is our engine and this is why we need a team to give strength and help build the momentum.

To get Harts for Africa out of the station we need prayer in the following two areas:

We have postponed our departure date due to a hold up with visas, please pray we get them soon.
We have a commitment with AOGWM not to leave until we have 100% of our required support in writing. We are $580 short at this time.
It was great to hear a pastor say that God would not allow him to sleep until his church joined us in ministry, another church was committed to joining us before we met them. Churches and individuals have listened to our vision and made a choice to commit. It doesn’t matter how people have decided to join with us, it is important that they have.

If you want to join us with financial support, please contact AOGWM Toll Free: 1800 555 301 and they will give you details
God Bless


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We are in South East Queensland working towards returning to Mozambique soon.

Thank God for people like Reinhard Bonnke. Who have a passion and gift for reaching out to the nations of Africa, millions are saved through these meetings. Have you ever wondered what happens to these people who are saved on mass?

As people called to Africa we have given this question much thought. The chance of these people falling away from God must be great. Imagine if we more than doubled your church new converts, would your culture survive. Would your people influence the new people, would your resources cope? Could you provide the new people with discipleship training? How much time would it take for you to be ready to receive so many people? Could you send out multiple teams to start churches in neighbouring areas?

Take these questions and apply them to a church where the Pastor has little or no biblical training and can’t read a bible. This is a common situation for Pastors in Mozambique. It is why we are training rural church leaders. We need to ensure new converts, no matter how they are led to the Lord, are discipled and nurtured with a mind set of multiplying churches.

To train 200 church leaders affects more than 200 people, it populates heaven, it lifts the standard of living for thousands and in time millions. It gives young people hope. Mozambicans will reach Mozambique with the tools we give them. In time we want to see the Mozambicans plant hundreds of churches, we want to see those churches thrive ensuring that everybody who attends is given the discipleship they need to remain strong Christians.

We are called to work in Mozambique for God’s glory, want to join us? The ministry we are part of has a profound effect on the nation. Be involved and be blessed.

September 2007

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We have traveled from Adelaide to Pambula in NSW and are now in Sydney. We have been busy sharing our vision with many people and the response has been great. We were asked to visit a school to spend time talking to the students and staff, and we have visited a church youth camp to speak about our work and life-style in Mozambique. We have also met with many church leaders sharing our vision.

As Christians and particularly as missionaries it is important that we remember our role, we are to share the good news of salvation, and to love people. This sounds simple but the greatest challenge is remembering our role in every situation we may face.

We are praying that we are able to return to Mozambique in November. We are grateful for the opportunity we have to train 200 church leaders in Mozambique. We estimate that this teaching will directly affect more than 20 000 people and be of benefit to everybody in the community. In Australia church leaders have the opportunity to attend Bible training, but in other parts of the world it is not possible for many leaders to gain training. It is fulfilling to be able to take the teaching to people who otherwise could never get bible training. We are also blessed to have the opportunity to work along side Laine and Roslyn Willis who have a fantastic history of ministry.

Gabi and Thomas are enjoying the traveling, Gabi is doing well with her school work and Thomas has finished with nappies, yes!!

We will be back in Brisbane next week and will remain in QLD until we have enough partners to support our ministry with prayer and finance.

We pray that God will bless congregations allowing churches to support new ministries, and that we will have 15 churches willing to commit in partnering with us.

We thank you for your prayer and financial support, may God bless you in every way.

Please stand with us in prayer for our protection as we travel and that we will be able to return to Mozambique this November.

December 2006

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Hi all
Last month water was scarce, but this month we’ve had a good amount of rain. There has been a lot of local flooding, one of the ITM employees walked though waist deep water just to get to work. An hour later, our language teacher turned up for our lesson, he too had walked through waist deep water, what commitment!!!

Unfortunately Beira is surrounded by low lying areas and these types of areas should be used for anything but housing, but the land is cheap so many houses are built here. We know of 3 people drowning in their beds one night it rained heavy, and others must also have been caught unaware.

People are wading though water to get to and from their homes as many of the roads and paths are flooded along with many houses with water in them 4 days after the rain.
The good news is that many people planted rice last month so the rising water is just what was needed. The wells have a high level of water and all other the crops have been watered.
December sees most of the ITM staff away on leave, there are five of us still here helping the 3rd year students prepare to leave early 2007 to start new churches. There will be 4 churches started in Zambezia which is a province to the north of where we are. All the students have suitable accommodation waiting for them, and were impressed with what they saw in the photos taken.

In November Greg was the guest speaker at 3 different churches. He spoke in a church where one of the students belonged, then following week was asked to speak at a church opening in the same denomination. Many pastors attended the opening and it was great to talk with them after the 4 hour service. Over lunch the pastors expressed their gratitude that we want to work together with them in fulfilling the great commission.

We are encouraged by your support, thank you.

Kim was asked to speak about disease prevention at a community health seminar hosted by another mission organization. By all reports her topic was well received and appreciated. I am sure she will be asked to speak at many conferences in the future.

The Story of the Capulana
A capulana is a colourful cloth that is worn around a woman’s waist as a skirt, but it has many, many uses as I have discovered since coming to Mozambique! This handy piece of fabric can also be used as a curtain, a table cloth, an apron or a sheet to cover babies and adults alike as they sleep on a bamboo mat. It is used often as a baby carrier for children up to 2 years of age on your back or front, and as we have learnt, invaluable in tying Thomas to our back so we can continue our journey when he falls asleep on the pushbike.
They are also great to use as a jumper if you are cold, a picnic rug when you need somewhere to sit, and a towel when you are sweaty. Women don’t just wear one at a time; I have seen 2 and 3 capulanas worn at once. They are also great to tie your money in the corner, as most women do not carry a purse or handbag. I cannot imagine not carrying one with me now, but if you had asked me 6 months ago the benefits of carrying half a bed sheet with me everywhere I go I think the answer may have been a little different!!

Prayer Points:
Please pray for the 2007 third year students setting up their new churches. They are leaving home and family as they go.
Please pray that the new churches will be successful.
Please continue to pray for our language learning (there is slight improvement!!).

Update 18th August 2007

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We are currently in southern NSW enjoying the cold weather ;o) we will be in Vic and SA in the next few weeks, visiting family and promoting our vision.

We had a set back this week when we had an accident in the car that was loaned to us (sorry Greg oops!!!). Nobody was hurt but the car is a write off. We have been fortunate that the driver that ran into us was the founder of a car dealership and was good enough to loan us a car for a week until we could make other arrangements, there are good people in all walks of life.

We have been offered the loan of another car so we can continue with our travel plans. God is good.

We are hoping to have the support we need to return to Mozambique in November. We are well short of our target of 100 x $10 per week at this stage and ask for your continued prayers in this area. We thank the people that have pledged support and those that are helping us achieve our vision in many different ways. We pray that God rewards you for your generosity.
Please also pray for our continued protection as we travel, and for God to use us when we have the opportunity to minister to people.

Launch of our Blog

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Exciting launch of our blog, where you can find regular updates on our mission in Africa.