Agriculture training.

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What do we have here? It's a group of people attending training in Agriculture. They are sitting in cashew trees and learning how to increase yeilds in maize crops.

What did we learn? On time, with standands, without wastage whilst demonstrating joy. We need to be faithful in what we have been given and invest back into the soil as we can't withdraw what hasn't been deposited. Isn't that right Alan?

Mozambique's Elections

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Mozambique recently held its National elections. The political campaigning is different here than we see in the west. Each political party running, prepared people with party hats, t-shirts and flags, and if they were fortunate they might have been given a Coke too. They then set off in cars, utes, motorbikes, or trucks loaded to the max with people making as much noise as they could. With three parties campaigning in our area we saw people wearing each parties t-shirt on different days. A free Coke is a free Coke.

It was in general peaceful, resembling the party mood we would expect to see on New Year's Eve. It is a blessing to the people to have peaceful elections. It was expected that the sitting government would retain power and they did so, winning every seat in the country minus one. Beira being the only seat now represented by an independent.

Pictured are motor bikes preparing to set off together waving flags and making as much noise as they can.

Gabi with child.

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As much as Thomas loves animals, Gabi loves babies. If we have a visitor with a baby you can be assured that Gabi will be seated somewhere complete with the child on her lap.

As I write this Gabi and Thomas are playing with the children next door, shooting each other with water pistols that they got for Christmas. Gabi speaks Portuguese well enough to communicate with the locals and Thomas likes using her as an interpreter.

Each week Gabi and Thomas have a craft afternoon at an orphanage. This usually includes a water fight. When Thomas opened his water pistol he was excited that he now could shoot the director of the orphanage with water.

Bush Trip

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Laura is currently visiting from Australia until late January. She is helping to establish Sunday School programmes for village churches. All of us spent last week in the bush visiting 3 churches along the Zambezi River and are thankful for a 7 seat car. Laura taught the children's leaders (newly appointed) the importance of children's ministry and demonstrated her ideas for running a great programme.
I (Greg) introduced the training programme for next year. I had the first bible course module with me. We checked the translation and inspired Pastors to attend. Explaining the commitment we expect of them and our commitment to them. The translation was accepted with a few minor changes. The pastors I spoke to are keen to be included and are very appreciative that we would take the time and money to help them as this is the first chance they have had to attend a bible course.
Yes that is right we have a Toyota Prado 4WD, praise the Lord and thank you. We really appreciate the sacrifice people have made to help us purchase this car.

Thomas and friend

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Whilst visiting churches last week Thomas found a friend, a baby baboon who has lost her mum. Some friends are looking after the baboon until it can be released back into the wild.


Once this little fellow got hold she was hard to remove as she just wanted someone to cuddle. Tom was loving this chance to get up close and personal with a "monkey".


Our most common phrase while we were away, "no we can't have one for our place".

Rain at last...

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The wet season is late. People have dug wells deeper in the search for water and even then they have been running dry faster then they can extend them.


But today it has rained, roads have turned into creeks and children are playing and having a great time in the water. Everyone has a soggy smile on their face. The maize crop can now be planted and every well has plenty of water. People will also start to prepare to plant their rice crops, together these foods are very important to Africans.

Please pray the wet season will last a little longer than usual to make up for the late start.

Road canoe

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We drove past these people pulling a dug out canoe along the road. The rope they were using was a vine. The strange thing is how far from water these guys seemed to be.

When I stopped and asked to take a photo they all cheered like they had won the race.

Sore Feet

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Here we see a 13 year old boys feet. He has a problem with mata-canha. On his left foot second toe you can see a flat spot and the fourth toe on the right foot is the same. This was caused by a tiny flea burrowing under the skin and laying its eggs, when the eggs grow the skin swells like a boil until the eggs hatch leaving an open wound that attracts a new flea to enter. You need to dig out the flea and the egg sac (without breaking the sac) and put an antiseptic in the wound. Many non-Africans believe it is a worm in the foot but the locals call it a polga which is the word for flea. I have studied the ones I have seen and they are right - it is a very small sand flea it is also known as the jiggers flea.


Our neighbours had a huge problem when the mother couldn't walk because she had over 20 mata-canha fleas in her feet and both children also had very sore feet. I was in the house for 15 minutes and when I got home we killed five fleas before I sprayed fly spray on my legs and feet. The neighbours ended up moving out of the house as they felt there was a curse on the house. We still often see them as they have only moved a short distance and they have no more problems with mata-canha.


I have had three taken out of my feet as wearing shoes overcomes the threat. Gabi and Thomas always wear shoes outside and have not had a problem.

God's provision.

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Pictured is a Pastor with his family. These pastors are part of our church leader's training programme in rural Africa.

The child was admitted to hospital in the city with breathing difficulties, 400km from home. One Sunday I went with friends and we prayed for the child's healing. After a number of days the situation worsened and the doctors wanted to send the family to the capital city for better treatment. As the family had no means to go to the capital they removed the child from the hospital and prayed for two days, until God healed the child completely. The family went home yesterday in good health on a new train that opened this week. God is good and faithful.

The parents taking the child out of hospital would be considered reckless in Australia but they had no choice as they could not afford to visit the capital. This family eats what they grow. $2 is considered a lot of money and visiting the capital would have cost hundreds of dollars.

'More than 500 dead' in Zimbabwe cholera outbreak

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More than 500 people have perished in a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, Opposition Leader Morgan Tsvangirai said in Tangiers.
The water-borne disease has killed "more than 500" and affected "more than half a million" people, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party said, after arriving in Morocco for a visit.
The UN earlier Friday (local time) put the number of fatalities at 412 and warned the outbreak was spreading to Botswana and South Africa.
"The rapid deterioration of the health service delivery system in Zimbabwe, lack of adequate water supply and inability to dispose of solid waste and repair sewage blockages in most areas will continue to contribute to the escalation and spread of the outbreak," said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs.
Cholera is now hitting the whole of eastern Zimbabwe and spreading, she said, as UN humanitarian agencies aim to ensure delivery of medical supplies, clean drinking water and water purification kits.
Zimbabwe belatedly changed its tune Thursday and asked for international help to fight the outbreak after long insisting that the situation was under control.
- AFP

Quote

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Within the covers of the Bible are all the answers for all the problems men face. The Bible can touch hearts, order minds and refresh souls.

-- President Ronald Reagan

African News Article

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Posted to the web 22 November 2008 Cape Town

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has barred the former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, the former United States President, Jimmy Carter, and the advocate for the rights of women and children, Graça Machel, from entering Zimbabwe.
The three were due to arrive in Zimbabwe on Saturday to assess the country's growing humanitarian crisis. Millions of Zimbabweans are facing food shortages, the country's educational and health systems are grinding to a halt and there have been outbreaks of cholera.
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But news agencies reported that the group had been denied travel visas. The organizers of the visit, the group of former leaders calling themselves "The Elders," said in a statement on Saturday that "the government of Zimbabwe has refused to cooperate in any way to make the visit possible." Delegations of "Elders" from the group, including Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, have in the past visited other areas of conflict, including Darfur, with the co-operation of the governments concerned.

Annan said in Saturday's statement that he had prepared for the visit by speaking to "many regional leaders" in southern Africa, who welcomed the proposed visit. "Millions of people are in need of help in Zimbabwe," Annan said in the statement. "We want to use our influence to increase the flow of assistance, immediately and in the longer term, to stop the terrible suffering. We are here to show solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe and to assure them that they are not alone."

Machel - also the wife of Nelson Mandela and the widow of former Mozambican president and Mugabe ally Samora Machel - said the Zimbabwean government's ban on the visit was "deeply regrettable." "People are dying from hunger every day... and hospitals are unable to treat the sick. With schools struggling to stay open, children are missing out on an education. One in four children has lost one or both parents... We want to talk to the people and hear their stories directly".

The delegation is already in South Africa. Carter said the group would remain in the region to learn as much as it could about the situation in Zimbabwe. The Elders was formed in response to an initiative by British businessman Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel.

Devotions

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Friday mornings I start my day with a 6am prayer meeting with a group of men. I then travel to meet with a group of Mozambician Pastors for a time of bible study. We started the bible study as a way to help local pastors to glean gems for themselves from the bible and to encourage each other.

It is a new concept for these men to find a verse from one bible chapter and then recognise why this verse is significant for them today and how they can apply this to their lives. The greatest advantage of this method is that it moves us away from verses that are often quoted and allows us to study verses we may have overlooked in the past.

This is truly a way to bring the bible alive instead of it being a book containing theory only. The bible becomes powerful when we each apply it to our lives. Each of the people that take part in this time of bible study find it very encouraging. I would love to see this type of study become a part of every day life.

Quotes

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"He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven."
- Lord Herbert

The Bible is a book in comparison with which all others are of minor importance, and which in all my perplexities and distresses has never failed to give me light and strength.
-- Robert E. LeeUnited States Army officer

Journal

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Exodus 17:8 While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek came to fight against them. 9 Moses commanded Joshua, “Call the Israelites to arms, and fight the army of Amalek. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.”
10 So Joshua did what Moses had commanded. He led his men out to fight the army of Amalek. Meanwhile Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of a nearby hill. 11 As long as Moses held up the staff with his hands, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites gained the upper hand. 12 Moses’ arms finally became too tired to hold up the staff any longer. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side, holding up his hands until sunset. 13 As a result, Joshua and his troops were able to crush the army of Amalek.
14 Then the Lord instructed Moses, “Write this down as a permanent record, and announce it to Joshua: I will blot out every trace of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 Moses built an altar there and called it “The Lord Is My Banner.” 16 He said, “They have dared to raise their fist against the Lord’s throne, so now the Lord will be at war with Amalek generation after generation.” NLT

Israel was victorious and God spoke to Moses about writing down the victory.
As I read this I was reminded of the importance of writing. When we commit thoughts to print it brings clarity to a situation. Things that caused us trouble seem smaller. We have the added benefit of being reminded of the victories we have had at a later date.
When I read back though my journal I can’t help but smile and grow in stature as I see what God has done for me and with me. I also wonder why problems I had seemed so big at the time. In print and under the light of time they seem to loose their enormity. Moses knew that God gave them the victory. By writing it down he and the generations to follow had a place to go when things were tough, drawing strength ready for the new victory.

As we face troubles it is the time to read our journals if we lack one to read, now would be a great time to start writing about the problems we face. Don’t forget to add the victory as God answers your prayers.

Be blessed
Greg Hart

World Greed

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The Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd took aim at greed, risky behaviour and excessive executive pay packages during an address to the National Press Club about the global financial crisis. "As we contemplate the impact of this financial crisis on real economies, real people and real lives, it must also galvanise us to act in the future that we never allow greed and lax regulation to put us in this position again," Mr Rudd said during his address.

The Australian Christian Lobby has backed the Prime Minister's concerns over the role of greed in domestic and international economic systems, with Managing Director Jim Wallace saying that Australia and much of the Western world have travelled too far down a path of materialism, where the desires of individuals are put ahead of the needs of the community. "We see the incongruities of this every day, with people on extremely high incomes co-existing in Australia with an estimated 100,000 homeless people."Mr Wallace added "This crisis reminds us that moral realities are universal and have global consequences. Obscene executive salaries of themselves are not the cause of the current collapse of international markets, but they are symptomatic of a level of greed, and importantly attitude, that is very much characteristic of a world loosing its spiritual roots." Source: Compiled by APN from information provided by the ACL

I would like to add that the current world economic situation is being helped along by an overwelming amount of fear. It is not suprising that greed mixed with fear would cause such chaos. Let us not pray for the world markets but let us pray that people will put their trust in Jesus not the riches of this world.
Greg Hart

November already

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Within the covers of the Bible are all the answers for all the problems men face. The Bible can touch hearts, order minds and refresh souls.

-- President Ronald Reagan


Wow it is November already. I am kept busy preparing for next year. I am translating a bible course into Portuguese. This is a mamoth task that is worth both the time and the effort. I will use this materal to teach in 6 locations starting at the end of the wet season. I have chosen 4 out of the 6 leaders that I will train as trainers and have a long term goal that one day they will be able to teach the material without my help. It is our vision to leave these Pastors equipped to train others in a portable bible college setting. I see this program assisting church planting in rural Africa immensely.

I am not a believer in reinventing a perfectly good wheel and have been blessed by Ps Gerald Rowlands who has developed the material which we will teach.

Greg Hart

Quotes

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I have known ninety-five of the world's great men in my time, and of these eighty-seven were followers of the Bible. The Bible is stamped with a Specialty of Origin, and an immeasurable distance separates it from all competitors.

-- W.E. Gladstone Prime Minister

Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.

---- Mother Teresa

Local roads

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We get the opportunity to meet different people from time to time. Last week we invited an Aussie family to join us for lunch. They were visiting Africa for 6 weeks before heading off to India.

They have children about the same age as Gabi and Thomas. The kids enjoyed playing together and before leaving insisted on swapping email addresses & photos. Wow, how computers are ingrained in this generation.

Mark made a very interesting comment, "you have to love a country where the drivers can cope with large holes in the middle of the road." He was refering to the man holes missing their covers that just appear in the middle of the road as you are driving along. Sometimes these are large enough to swallow small cars, yet there are no warning signs. If you are lucky someone may have used one of these pot holes for a vase, (they put tree branches in them to let you know they are there) but after a while you are expected to remember they are there and just swerve around them. Makes for interesting driving.

Night number 4

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We have had drums playing all night for the last 3 nights, and it sounds as if we are going to have them again tonight. They are played by witch doctors that are performing some sort of ritual.

The drums are made from a single piece of wood covered with goat skins. The sound is quite good, it's the volume that is a little off putting. Using a stick or piece of bone it is quite amazing how much noise is produced. The people playing are very skilled with a lot of stamina.

The wet season is just around the corner, and we had some rain last night. I can't help wonder if this is what all the noise is about or if there is another reason. Let's hope that they pack up early so we can have a little sleep. It is surprising that the locals put up with the noise. It just shows the fear that the witch doctor has over the people.

Please pray with us that we can be a witness to these people and help Jesus set them free.

From the ABC online

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We like to keep up with the world news. This helps us feel that we are not so far away. This news article caught my attention. To break the monotony I thought a good rant was in order.

It's not a drought, it's 'dryness'
Posted October 23, 2008 15:33:00
A panel of federal government-selected experts want people to start using the word "dryness" to describe Australia's worst drought in a century. The word "drought" makes farmers feel bad, says the Government's hand-picked Drought Policy Review Expert Social Panel. The politically-correct push also aims to make farmers accept that drier weather is here to stay, and is not a temporary crisis, the panel's newly released report said. "Words like drought ... have negative connotations for farm families," the report said.

And we the tax payer pay these people?????????
Heads up boys, its not the word drought that has the negative conntations, its the dry dams, no crops and starving livestock that causes families to lose their homes and way of life they have had for generations, that is what farmers don't like.

Kim's parents have had good rain this year but neighbouring districts have missed out. We pray that God will bring rain to Australia.

Extreme Climatic Events

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A town market destroyed by a cyclone

In the past few years in Mozambique the number of extreme climatic events has been on the rise. Recent information shows that extreme events are becoming more frequent, for example, we now see many more tropical cyclones that bring flooding, material destruction and loss of human lives.

Mozambique's geographical location makes it particularly vulnerable. It is next to the Indian Ocean and is downstream from many of Africa's largest rivers. This, combined with low socioeconomic development, makes the country particularly vulnerable to climate change.

The combination of floods and drought makes many communities particularly vulnerable. In times of drought people move closer to the rivers to farm because the land is more fertile, and they settle there to be close to their land and crops. But when the floods come they don't have enough time to head for higher ground. The constant change between a situation of drought to one of flooding means these people are highly exposed.

Mozambique is a very poor country, with limited resources, and the worry is not about who caused the problem of climate change, but more about how to deal with the effects.

(UN Integrated Regional Information Networks)

The task at hand

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Training pastors in God's word and seeing them plant new churches is not the most exciting news item. Unfortunately our hearts don't bleed because we don't have a church available to every child on this planet. We are not shocked that generations of people are unaware of the Good News.

The truth is our hearts should bleed because many people will never see heaven if somebody doesn't go and share the gospel with them.

Let's keep focused on the big picture and remember Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19 (NIV) 'Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit'.

Economic woes

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Are you troubled by the economic turmoil in the world at the moment? As share markets around the world drop, it makes the news even in Mozambique. The average person in Africa is not fazed by the loss of consumer confidence or the price of a barrel of oil or the current bank interest rates, they are just interested in today's meal.

In the west there is good news, recent research has shown that people are generally happier during a recession. They don't work as hard, they spend more time with their families, and are more willing to help others...................maybe it is not all bad.

I do pray and hope that you prosper in everything you do, and you can be a light to this world. God is bigger than the world economy.

Be Blessed.

Moz Tucker

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We're turning Mozambican, yes we're turning Mozambican, yes Gabi thinks so! Tonight, with a little help from a friend I cooked a very common dish for Mozambicans but not so for the average Aussie. It consisted of pumkin leaves (lots of them), a few tomatoes, an onion, a cup of peanuts ground finely and some coconut milk. Cook over a low heat until thoroughly cooked and serve over rice. Delicious!!!

Gabi was so excited because we are becoming Mozambican. Thomas was not so enthusiastic as Tom and 'green stuff' don't agree!

October update

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Hi, please enjoy our latest update


Treinamento - Training
I have commenced training several Pastors in business skills one on one to help iron out glitches in the training material and to give me opportunity to clarify what I mean when I don’t know the Portuguese word needed.
One of the Pastors speaks reasonable English so I do the training with him first, picking up words for the next days training, where the pastor speaks no English at all.
By myself I can do little, Jesus with me I can do much. Jesus, me and financial resources - I can do anything!
Both these Pastors are men of God that each have great visions but lack the financial resources to fulfil these visions. Because of this they have lacked much and the visions have been hindered. The idea of the business training is to equip them with a way of producing income for their families and God based vision.
Using a second language is hard for me but so important, nearly all the people I deal with on a daily basis don’t speak any English. This has forced me to use Portuguese. I can make myself understood, but need more exposure before I could say I am a fluent speaker.


Sozinho - Alone
In December Ps Laine and Roslyn Willis will be returning to Australia. The Willis' have a great relationship with many people here in Africa, who all are sad that they will be leaving. It has been my pleasure to travel and camp out on ministry trips with Ps Laine. His companionship will be missed. We will continue the work they started, training Pastors in rural Africa.
This work is so important. We often visit Pastors who have never had the opportunity to receive bible training. These people do the best they can to pass the Good News on to others but are unable to apply many biblical principles that we take for granted.


Escola - School
Pray that Kim survives school the second time around. She is teaching Gabi and Thomas a correspondence course. I know that Kim has discovered a high respect for teachers and the role they play in our families. Both children love school, and this is a testimony to Kim as their teacher.

Please pray; We are blessed by your prayers
I am praying that by the end of the wet season I will be able to train Pastors using only the Portuguese language please stand with me in this prayer.
For Kim as she takes the children through a school programme.
For new businesses local pastors undertake to be a blessing to them and the church.
Please pray that the Australian dollar rises above US$0.80, on our tight budget we can’t afford a poor exchange rate.


Thank you for your prayers and support. We pray you are blessed.
God Bless
Greg and Kim

Teacher's Conditions to Improve

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The Mozambican government is planning to improve the working conditions of its teachers, but everything depends on improving the overall economic situation of the country, according to the Education Minister.

A representative from the National Teacher's Union has welcomed the government's efforts to improve teachers' conditions. "Teachers' wages are now paid regularly", he said. "There are no longer any cases of theft or diversion of teachers' wages, which used to happen.

The government hopes to reduce class sizes significantly over the coming few years. Currently there are 72 pupils for every teacher in primary education, aiming to have 54 pupils to each teacher by 2015."Reducing the pupil/teacher ratio is a lengthy process", said the Minister, admitting that large class size is a factor in the poor quality of education. He stressed that this was not the fault of the teachers. (AIM NEWS)

Church visit

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Recently I was told about a location that needed pastor training "just up the road", so I agreed to go on Sunday to experience the church and assess the need.

We had to go the night before to spend time with the people, this was code for "it's a long walk from the road". We had to cross the river by canoe after getting off the 2 hour bus ride. Then we walked about an hour to the place we were staying. I took a mozzie net but that was the end of my comforts. I slept on a reed mat on a dirt floor using my clothes as a pillow (I had figured out the code before I leaving home and didn't want to carry anything more that I had to). The hard floor didn't keep me awake, that job was left up to the singers who sung and played the drums until 6am. This was the post-welcome after the 10pm church service had service finished at 1am. Being a morning person I was a tad tired when the sun rose.

We arrived home about 6pm Sunday night I was in bed by 7pm, sleeping until daylight the next day.

All in all it was a great trip, and I will do it again to help these pastors. Next time I think I will borrow the drum overnight, who knows it may make a good pillow!

Small children have alot on their minds

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Many young children are forced to do the work of adults. This is often caused by the death of both parents. We saw these 2 girls carrying this sack home. They looked to be between 8 and 10 years old. The sack was so heavy it took both of them to lift it.
It is sad that young bodies are not protected from the rigors of hard work. I asked a community leader if it is good to start work at a young age, his response was the same as ours. It is not good for their growing bones but its often a case of survival.

A CALL TO PRAYER FOR THE GLOBAL WATER CRISIS

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WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT PRAYER
“Call to me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3.
WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT WATER
“The poor and the needy are looking for water, but there is none. Their tongues are parched with thirst. I, the Lord, will answer them. I, the God of Israel, will not abandon them. I will make rivers flow on bare hilltops. I will make springs flow through valleys, I will turn deserts into lakes. I will turn land into springs.” Isaiah 41: 17-18.
WATER FACTS
1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe water; this is roughly one sixth of the world’s population.
2.6 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation; this is roughly two-fifths of the world’s population.
1.8 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. This amounts to around 5000 deaths a day.
97.5 percent of the earth’s water is saltwater. If the world’s water fitted into a bucket, only one teaspoonful would be drinkable.
At any one time, half of the developing world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from water-related diseases.
40 billion working hours are spent carrying water each year in Africa.
In the past 10 years diarrhoea has killed more children than all the people lost to armed conflict since World War II.
Today, the average Westerner uses 101 gallons of water a day, more than 15 times that used by many in third-world countries.
Source: Intercessors Network

Water Access

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The sale of water in urban areas like Maputo, the nation's capital, is illegal but some homes that have piped water, charge for the service because access is often so difficult for many of the 1.7 million inhabitants. Only 730 000 people in the city are connected to mains water, sometimes only intermittently, so almost every household has one or more 20-litre containers in the kitchen for storing water. This is then used for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing.

The health repercussions of limited access to clean water are reflected in the number of hygiene-related infections like dysentery, especially in children.

16 years after the end of a civil war that wreaked havoc on the country, the majority of Mozambicans are still without basic services. Mozambique now has clean water access of 40% (of the population).(IRIN)

Run the Race

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Heb 12:1 Since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. 3 Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don't become weary and give up.

We are told here to put aside our sin. Although it may be difficult, it is possible because we are told to do it. We all have a race set out before us and we have been given all we need to run that race. Don’t allow yourself to be ensnared by sin, keep your focus on the goal and use all that you have been given, to finish in victory.

Loaded

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This guy is off to the market to sell these drums, thank goodness they are empty, imagine the weight if they were full.
People use these second hand oil drums to collect and carry water.
The roads are very sandy, when the bikes move to one side to let a car pass, quite often the rider has to do all he can to keep upright.

Bit of a gust

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It has been a bit windy here this week, there is dust everywhere. I felt like I was being sand blasted as I ventured along the streets.
I passed this power pole snapped off at the base lets pray they replace it before children start to play with the line that is now close to the ground. (You can see the black line half way down the fence).

Beira traffic

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Back to School

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Gabi and Thomas have returned to school this week after having a week break. They are both carrying out their lessons at home with mum as the teacher, following a distance education curriculum through a school in Brisbane.



Gabi loves Maths and is making progress in her reading while Tom enjoys science the best and is very keen on painting and colouring. They would both have school 7 days a week if the teacher would oblige!

Interesting People

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In a country with high unemployment you find the most interesting and surprising people without work. One of our neighbors is a secondary school science teacher, with agricultural teaching experience, who lived in Russia for 6 years studying and working, yet now is unemployed. He speaks 3 languages fluently and another three he speaks well. He is a very intelligent person with a very broad worldview. He can tell you the current price of a barrel of crude oil or talk in detail about the history of India or the United States. In any another country he would have the choice of jobs, in Mozambique too many people are unemployed. His wife sells sweet potato at the local market to enable the family to eat. Her stall consists of a hessian bag laid out on the ground with piles of sweet potatoes spread out upon it.

Another man we know was a MIG fighter pilot during the war. He must be one smart cookie because you don't send the first person who comes along to Russia for training. Now he is unemployed. What a shame people like him are not used to get the country back on its feet.

This yoke is easy to bear

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Mat 11:28-30. If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest. Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest. This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light. CEV

Are you worn out serving God or keeping up a good image for friends? If you are maybe you have someone else’s yoke on your shoulders. It is important whilst in Africa we keep in mind the fact that we can’t do everything and help everyone. If we try to meet every need we see we will collapse in a stressed out heap. We are mindful of keeping to the vision we feel God gave us for ministry in Africa.

We see and hear of many people being “burnt out” and I can’t help but wonder if they were trying to please God with extra duties or meeting the needs they see rather than focusing on the task that they set out to do.
Jesus set us the example of doing what He prayerfully felt to do each day, the crowd could not change His focus with their demands. One piece of scripture that keeps me sane is;

Mat 8:16-18 When evening came, people brought to Jesus many who had demons in them. Jesus drove out the evil spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.
He did this to make come true what the prophet Isaiah had said, "He himself took our sickness and carried away our diseases."
When Jesus noticed the crowd around him, he ordered his disciples to go to the other side of the lake. GNB

Here we see Jesus leaving the crowd who came to be healed, a very worthy thing to do but not Jesus’ vision at that this time. After they left two new miracles are recorded, Jesus calmed the storm and He cast demons out of of a man into a herd of pigs, showing us more of Jesus’ power here on earth.

By trying to keep only one yoke on our shoulders and by not pulling the demanding load, maybe then we can have longevity in all we do.

Keep refreshed, God Bless

Who’s sin is worse - yours or mine?

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Every time a Christian's life makes negitive news, the entire church is criticized, mainly by people claiming to love Jesus. How can you love Jesus and hate His bride? How can you love God and speak badly of his children.

All children do something stupid sometimes, but I don’t think many of them plan out the whole sequence of events. I think people who lie, start with a small lie and some way or another they “lose control” of it. Sin is a slippery slope that none of us can afford to play near. Please don’t condemn others for their mistakes but instead look at what they have done, learn from it and never go there yourself.

A little story I heard once, a pastor was once asked by a couple of teenagers who didn’t believe in Jesus “if the Devil was here now who would he tempt?’’ The pastor responded, “me because he already has you both”. If you are not being tempted the Devil has given up on you. I would be worried if he gave up on you as it means he has you. The Devil never gave up on Jesus even to the point of death and Jesus would have been a lot harder to tempt than you or I.

Mat 7:4-5 How can you say, "My friend, let me take the speck out of your eye," when you don't see the log in your own eye?
You're nothing but show-offs! First, take the log out of your own eye. Then you can see how to take the speck out of your friend's eye. CEV

A Visit to the Doctor

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Gabi has been sick for several days with what seemed to be a cold but after a long night of high temperatures last night, we arranged to see a doctor today. It turns out that she has tonsilitis and with some antibiotics should be fine in a couple of days. We are blessed to have a paediatrician from Italy who is very competant. He is fantastic with the kids (in fact I think Tom is planning on visiting him again soon just for the fun of it), and has a great knowledge of the local health system.

Please keep Gabi in your prayers that she is recovers quickly.

Congratualtions

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Congratulations to two of our Pastor friends this month. Both families have a new addition in the way of a baby. For one family it is child number 8, for the other it is child number 4. It is interesting to stop and think of the logistics of getting to the hospital riding a push bike, in time to deliver a baby. Usally the expectant mother sits side saddle on the back rack whilst hubby peddles as fast as he is game.

I heard of one couple who got within sight of the hospital before mum said they had to stop because the baby was coming now and would wait no longer. Many ladies rushed to her aid to set up a screen for privacy and they baby was delivered on the side of the road.

In both cases this month the husband and wife were able to make the hospital without incident.

We are often asked if the Australian government has a 2 child policy because here in Africa people think the more children the better so they think it odd that we have only two children.

Danish investment in Mozambique

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Danish Finance Minister Lars Rasmussen on Friday told reporters he was "very impressed by the economic development of Mozambique over the last 10 to 15 years. In that time you have managed to triple your GDP".He was speaking in Maputo after a briefing on the state of the economy from his Mozambican counterpart. Mr Rasmussen said he thought it "crucial to discuss how Mozambique can continue this development in the future, especially in terms of job creation". He wanted to see projects developed that would link Mozambican and Danish businesses. "We are very eager to promote private sector development in third world countries", he said, and suggested setting up a new fund that would help young Mozambicans get started in business ventures.

The total Danish aid to Mozambique announced for the period 2004 to 2007 was the equivalent of 50.42 million dollars a year, and for 2008 the sum rose, in dollar terms, to 55.54 million.

Currently Mozambique is second only to Tanzania in the list of 13 countries that receive direct budget support from Denmark. In terms of project aid, the areas supported by Denmark include rural electrification, telecommunications and the justice sector. - (AIM NEWS)

Bush ambulance.

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This month whist in the bush we were asked to pray for an 11 month old baby, who was convulsing with a high temperature. After praying the child was still very sick so Ps Laine lent me his car to run the child to hospital in the nearest town.

The next morning we were asked to pray for a young child that had fallen into the fire, they had a large section of burns to one arm. I again was able to use Ps Laine’s car to run this child to hospital whist he continued to run the training. I wonder what would of happened to these children if we were not in the village at this time. God answers prayer in so many different ways.

Jokes of the Week - oldies but goodies!!

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The Preacher was wired for sound with a lapel microphone, and as he was preaching, he moved quickly around the platform, jerking the microphone cord as he went. Then he moved to one side, getting wound up in the cord and nearly tripping before jerking it again. After several circles and jerks, a little girl in the third row leaned toward her mother and whispered, "If he gets loose, will he hurt us?"


Six-year-old Angie and her four-year-old brother Joel were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang, and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had had enough. "You're not supposed to talk out loud in church." "Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked. Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, "See those two men standing by the door? They're hushers."


On the first day of school, the Kindergarten teacher said, "If anyone has to go to the bathroom, hold up two fingers." A little voice from the back of the room asked, "How will that help?"


A father was reading Bible stories to his young son. He read, "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, but his wife looked back and was turned to salt." His son asked, "What happened to the flea?"

Moringa

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The year before last some Moringa seeds were given to a local village school. In 18 months the trees have grown to over 6 metres tall (the tall thin tree in the foreground). The school recently hosted a youth seminar and gave 50 families some Moringa cuttings so they too could plant and have their own trees. Moringa, can be prepared and eaten in a variety of different ways and is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, so we hope that the health of all these families will improve as a result.

AIDS - It's not over yet...

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The 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic released by UNAIDS notes that the number of people living with HIV around the world has stabilised at around 33 million.

"This is not the time for complacency," warned Elizabeth Mataka, the UN special envoy on AIDS, at the launch of the report in Johannesburg.

Heterosexual intercourse is still driving the epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, which shouldered two-thirds of the global AIDS burden and three-quarters of all AIDS-related deaths in 2007. In other parts of the world HIV is mainly affecting people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, and sex workers.

Nine countries in southern Africa are bearing the brunt of the AIDS crisis, accounting for one-third of global infections. The epidemics in Malawi, Zambia and South Africa appear to have stabilised, and in Botswana and Zimbabwe they have started to decline, but Mozambique's epidemic is growing.
Source: Reuters

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Isaiah 65:1-3 I, the LORD, was ready to answer even those who were not asking and to be found by those who were not searching. To a nation that refused to worship me, I said "Here I am!" All day long I have reached out to stubborn and sinful people going their own way. They keep making me angry by sneering at me, while offering sacrifices to idols in gardens and burning incense to them on bricks. (CEV)

God is so merciful that he is willing to answer people who do not ask Him questions and to reveal Himself to people who are not looking for Him.
We are so naive that we continue to do our own thing despite God's goodness. Worse still, we offend God with our silly self-religion invented by us to replace the creator. If man invents a god, he can control the amount of attention he must give that god. If we follow the one living God we must live by His rules, something that man has not learned to do well.

Anyone need a haircut?

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When you live a days walk from the nearest town, who cuts your hair? I saw these children cutting each other's hair when visiting a remote area. I suppose you never know how good your hair cut is because mirrors are few and far between.

Acquired Tastes

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Thomas is becoming quite a chef. He was a bit hungry the other day (he is always a bit hungry) and couldn't wait for lunch, so he made himself and Gabi a sandwich. What does a 4 year old put on bread? Mandarins of course! He brought the mandarin sandwich into the office to show off his culinary skills and we both laughed but Tom could not see the joke. After eating all of it he was still hungry so he made himself another, this time adding a banana as well. Perhaps he will write his own recipe book one day. Happy chewing.

5% people

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I was researching on the net yesterday and noticed the number of web sites dedicated to highlighting the “fault” in other ministries. What a gross waste of time. There are billions of people destined for hell if they don’t accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. These people are 100% wrong in their thinking about God, yet so many people devote time and money to proving one doctrine over another, I call them the 5% people because they care about correcting people who are 95% in agreement.
Satan must be smiling as his plan of helping people get side tracked is working. Let us spread the Good News to those who have not had their eyes opened.
We are focused on planting churches in new areas, and strengthening those that exist so that all people in Africa can hear the Good News and be discipled.

Wages

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The nation’s minimum wage is set to rise. The current minimum wage is set at AU$79 per month or AU$18 per week.
It is easy to assume that everything is cheap here so the money goes a long way, but a litre of milk is au $2, 1 kg of tomatoes, beans, & potatoes is $1, 1kg chicken is AU$3, beef AU$10, a litre of cooking oil is AU$2. So how do people pay rent, have power, telephone, car and eat? The answer is that not many people have power, a car or eat meat.
The common breakfast is maize flour cooked into porridge. Lunch may be beans, on rice cooked with coconut, onion and tomatoes for flavour & if a family can afford it the night meal may be sweet potato boiled and eaten on its own.
Clothes are cheap (most are second hand) compared to the Western nations, yet a family of 6 children still costs a lot to clothe so children wear the same clothes all day, every day. How can we help? Pray for God’s favour and salvation to come to the nation, to cause a turning in the economy. Foreign investment in job creating industry is low, as this increases so will the minimum wage.
In the meantime we are introducing moringa to people as a new source of vitamins, plus encouraging people to raise chickens and eat the meat and eggs.

Pass on the baton

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Deut 3: 28 ‘But command Joshua, and encourage him and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which you will see.’

Moses was not going to reach the promise land. This was a result of the people that he led not believing in the promises of God. Moses still had work to do and that was to strengthen Joshua so that he was well prepared to take possession of the land before him.
We should look to strengthen the generation behind us so that they are able to carry on the work that we have begun.

Lord I ask that you help train the next generation so that they continue the work, building your kingdom after we are gone. Continue to train me to equip others and to pass on the baton one day.

Different toys

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I watched this child play with the machete pictured for about 10 minutes. Once I got over the urge to take the knife off him and give it back to his mum who was also looking on, I took this photo. It is quite common to see young children using a knife or playing with a knife. In our culture we would have a heart attack at the thought of somebody so young using something so dangerous but in the African culture it is quite normal.

The Aussie Advantage

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One morning I had a game of soccer with kids from the village we were training in. We used a plastic bag scrunched up and covered with string. This photo is of a team-mate. Our side won because I had shoes on and the kids gave me plenty of room in case I stepped on their toes.

A pastor's committment!

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One of the pastors I had previously met at a training seminar, arrived recently in the village where we were training. He had travelled 3 days by bicycle, sleeping on the side of the road, to be at a leader’s meeting. On his journey he hit a cat (well the cat ran into the front wheel on his push bike) wrecking his front forks (I didn’t ask how the cat was) and throwing him into the dirt. Fortunately the pastor was unhurt and smiling as he arrived on foot a day late because he had walked the final part of the trip so not to miss the meeting.

The last I heard, the other pastors at the meeting were raising money to purchase him a new bike as the broken one was old and the Pastor travels a lot visiting churches in his area. It certainly takes a huge commitment to be a pastor in the African bush.

Uganda: Over 30,000 prisoners at risk of starving to death

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Uganda's Daily Monitor says "an estimated 34,000 prisoners countrywide may starve to death this financial year" if the government fails to mobilise just over US$9 million to feed them. It says food and health care are seriously under-funded.

The Kampala Declaration on Prison Conditions in Africa, signed in 1996 by 40 African governments, said most African prisons were overcrowded; they were often a breeding ground for disease, including HIV/AIDS and TB, and in many countries prisoners depended on family and charities to provide basics such as food.
Source: IRIN (Reuters)

An Instrument in the Hand's of God.

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Isaiah 10:15 Can the axe boast greater power than the person who uses it? Is the saw greater than the person who saws? Can a whip strike unless a hand is moving it? Can a cane walk by itself?

Who are we to think that we do the work? We don’t save anyone, we don’t build the church and we don’t build a ministry; God does. He faithfully uses us as his instruments and that is our place. We have the ability that God has given us and without it we could do nothing.

Thank you Lord that you chose to use me as your instrument. Help me to follow your will and to listen to your instructions not racing out in front, but letting you guide my steps.

Bush bridge

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The local church made sure we could access their village by constructing rough bridges across creeks. This bridge was made from railway line covering logs. Other bridges were made from reeds lined up in rows to give us a firm base to drive along. You don’t want to break down here, it is a long walk to the nearest “garage”.

Aussie sign

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I wish help was this close in Africa

Nice road

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Yes this is the “road’’ we travelled on to get to a training session. It took nearly 3 hours to travel 80km. The people we saw along the way could often be seen diving for cover in fear as they saw “white men” coming. The road started out as a track but ended up as a bike track for the last 20km or so.

Malaria on the increase in Mozambique in 2008

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At least 182 people died of malaria in the first six months of 2008 in Mozambique's central province of Zambezia, 31 more compared to 2007, the daily Noticias reported on Wednesday.

The increase was attributed to the lack of sensitisation on the disease on the part of health workers. Patients were also not finishing their medication, the report read.

According to Unicef, malaria in Mozambique was the primary cause of ill health, accounting for 40 percent of out-patient consultations, 60 percent of paediatric in-patients and a third of hospital deaths. - (Sapa)

Pongue River

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This is a picture taken of a canoe on the Pongue river. We visited the area to hold some training. The river has hippos and crocodiles but this does not stop local people from fishing and traveling on the water in boats with very little freeboard (height) above the water.

The Zambezi River

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Some geographical information of interest, courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Zambezi (also spelled Zambesi) is the fourth-longest river in Africa, and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa. The area of its basin is 1,390,000km², slightly less than half that of the Nile. The river is 2,574 km in length and has its source in Zambia and flows through Angola, along the borders of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, to Mozambique, where it empties into the Indian Ocean.

The Zambezi's most spectacular feature is Victoria Falls on the Zambia / Zimbabwe border, the world's largest waterfall.

There are two main sources of hydroelectric power on the river. These are the Kariba Dam in Zimbabwe, which provides power to Zambia and Zimbabwe and the Cahora Bassa Dam in Mozambique which provides power to South Africa.

Caia is a town on the south bank of the Zambezi River, Mozambique. It is the site of one of the largest ferries across the river, a vital link on the main north-south highway which runs the length of the country near the coast. The ferry is often unreliable and may not operate when the river experiences its annual flood.

In 2007 construction started on the longest road bridge to span the Zambezi. With a length of 2376 m and width of 16 m the Caia Bridge will cost US$80 million.

Mozambique to invest in gas powered vehicles

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MAPUTO - Mozambique will invest in gas powered vehicles to reduce its dependence on imported fuel and cut down its soaring oil bill, a minister said on Tuesday.

Environment Minister Alcinda Abreu, told reporters that Mozambique's plentiful supplies of natural gas could play a big role in achieving the country's energy and environmental goals.

It has already imported several gas-operated buses for public transport from China.

"Mozambique is a country with huge potential in the energy sector and natural gas is a resource that occupies a special position, with reserves estimated at 3.6 trillion cubic feet in the Pande and Temane fields (in the southern province of Inhambane)," she said.

Mozambique will this year spend $700 million on fuel imports due to the increase of crude oil on the international market.(Charles Mangwiro - Reuters)

More chicken trouble

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I asked the neighbour of our house if she would like to sell some chickens. I asked for brown ones not white one's as here the brown chicken breeds seem to be stronger than white. That's when I got confused, she told me she didn't have brown just white. I could see brown chickens and had never seen a white chicken at her house. After going inside she came out with white cotton and handed it to me and said sorry I just have white. I saved face and said thanks but I really wanted brown. I walked away thinking I would get chickens another day, but wondering what went wrong with our conversation.
As it turns out, I asked for Galinha (chicken) and she brought me linha (cotton)misunderstanding my accent.

Rapid phone connection.

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I turned on the computer this morning to update our blog and could not get an Internet connection. I checked the phone to find it also was dead. Friday night is the night of "movement" so I walked outside and found someone had stolen 70 meters of phone line along the street.
It seems I have friends in the phone company because the phone line was replaced within 2 hours on a Saturday. The boss wanted me to call him once it was fixed. He asked what are we going to do as we are in Africa and thieves will keep taking the wire. I suggested underground wires and he is already organising a crew for next week to bury the line. This is great service considering the part of the world we live. We thought we would go without Internet for 1 or 2 weeks, yet it was only 2 hours so we are very grateful for the prompt response.

High Rollers

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We were following these guys on a major highway the other day. People travel for hundreds of kilometers perched up on the load like this. It makes you wonder how many fall off. I have seen one guy pick himself up on a dirt road, he was covered in dust and the ute was waiting for him further along the road. If you ask me he would have been brave to get back on for a second go.

Computers - what a wonderful helpful tool?

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HELP!!!!

I am very aware of the lack of computer experts in Mozambique. With this in mind I carefully backed up all of our data before leaving Australia and back up regularly here. We have had a hardware problem that weeks of fixing could not cure. It was time to format the hard drive. Ouch… I read online how to do this and backed up all the documents. I also used Norton Ghost to copy the complete hard drive onto DVD’s. I copied the names of all the drivers for components on the computer just incase some of the drivers did not reloaded properly. A great fool proof plan, or so you would think.

Would you believe it Norton Ghost can’t access its own files to reinstall the hard drive information. I don’t know if it’s a dodgy DVD or a dodgy program. So back to the original installation DVD’s. For some reason now I am without Microsoft Money 2005 yes I have a registration key but no installation disk (must have left it in Australia). I can download the program online that needs to be installed on machines with a date older than 2006, guess what my machine is considered new by Microsoft due to the reformatted hard drive.

Six days later I am still three drivers short, but at least the computer is working.
The fun we have living in the third world, you have to be an expert because there often is not someone else. The leading computer shop in town has a reputation of reformatting the computer hard drive to fix everything.

If you know of online sites that can provide me with MS Money 2005 and or the following drivers;
Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 cardbus controller
ATI RADEON XPRESS 200M (display adapter)
Texas Instruments PCIxx21 Intergrated FlashMedia Controller.
Please email me with solutions and I will name my next child in your honor. (no Kim is not pregnant just a figure of speech.)

Language hiccups.

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I was buying some hens to keep for eggs. (I would like meat chickens but with Gabi and Thomas wanting pets this might not work.) I saw some running up the road about the right age so I found the owner and asked to buy some.

No problem, until I said hens only but no cats. She was confused and got her son. I repeated no cats and then he too was puzzled. Until I crowed like a rooster and said no cats. I meant no roosters but the word for rooster is Galo and the word I said was Gato. A couple of locals will smile every time they see me.

Access to Clean Water

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Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Monday urged the African Union (AU) to reaffirm its commitment to place drinking water, sanitation and water resources in general at the centre of the continental agenda.

President Guebuza said that the Mozambican government is committed to ensuring that 55 per cent of the population has access to clean drinking water by 2009, and that this indicator reaches 70 per cent by 2015.

As for decent sanitation, the targets are that this should be within reach of 37 per cent of the Mozambican population by 2009, and 60 per cent by 2015. "The fact that indications show we will reach the millennium goals at the current pace does not satisfy us", stressed President Guebuza. "We are aware that many of our fellow countrymen will still be walking long distances in search of drinking water, and will be competing with wild animals for this precious liquid". - (AIM NEWS)

Recent Training

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We recently travelled north, for a week to run two seminars in the bush. The teaching is given in Portuguese which a number of people understand, then interpreted into a local language for those who don’t speak the national language. (In the bush this is the majority). Why don’t we just learn the local language? There are over 20 to learn so it might take a while! We sleep in tents and eat beans and rice for lunch everyday. For our night meal we eat whatever our local hosts prepare - sometimes beans and rice. Other meals consist of corn-meal with fish or chicken. The pastors who attend these seminars are starved for bible teaching. They are otherwise isolated without resources to access to help them. The training is well attended and much appreciated.

Internet at last

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Finally we have internet at home. We arranged for the local phone company to connect the internet to our home. The people I dealt with were friendly and helpful, I felt like we made new friends. Over the course of the next 2 weeks I saw these friends 9 times and Kim saw them 3 times as we visited to sort out why we were still without a connection we were told it takes 4 days. If you don’t keep on visiting you go to the bottom of the pile. It turns out thieves had stolen a section of phone line in the street which needed to be replaced. Copper is worth quite a bit of money. We saw a news article where police caught people with a car boot full of wire stolen to be sold as scrap.

Independence Day

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On the Day of Independence public holiday the loud music in our neighbourhood started at 6am. We had 3 houses competing for the right to entertain the area, he with the loudest volume wins. It took about an hour for two people to give up and declare the last music blaring the winner. Thomas got out of bed and asked if it was church day, as every Sunday we have a musicathon where our neighbours play their music at the optimum volume. That means turn it up until the speakers start to distort then turn it up a bit more. Sometimes a Sunday blackout brings a welcomed peace and quite. We expected that the music will stop at around 3am alas 6am it stopped. I have a gift of being able to sleep though anything. So don’t mind at night but during the day hearing myself think has proved a challenge.

Independence Day falls on the 25 June for Mozambique. It is always greeted with celebrations, especially in the capital of Maputo. The day starts off with an address by the president, choirs and performances of traditional dances. The festivities climax with a huge concert in the national stadium featuring big names in contemporary Mozambiquan music.

Aids in Africa News Article

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AIDS epidemic a disaster - Red Cross
From correspondents in Geneva
June 26, 2008 01:52pm
Article from: Agence France-Presse
THE AIDS epidemic in southern Africa is so severe it should be classed as a disaster comparable to floods or famine, a new Red Cross study says.
In its annual World Disasters Report, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said today that there was "no doubt" that HIV/AIDS matches the United Nations definition of a disaster.
The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs classes a disaster as a "serious disruption of the functioning of a society, causing widespread human, material or environmental losses which exceed the ability of a society to cope using only its own resources".
The IFRC said such a situation exists in sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to about two-thirds of the world's HIV-positive cases.
At least one person in 10 is living with HIV in nations such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia, the report said.

Speaking through the third person.

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We travelled a short distance to lead a Pastor training seminar. A good number of Pastors and leaders attended. There is a time for questions and answers each day and the typical question of how many wives should a Pastor have is often asked. This is never raised in Australia but different cultures have different problems. Mozambique is a culture where the third person is used instead of going to the person involved you go to a mutual friend who in turn takes the issue to the first person. As Aussies we have to be aware that we seem very rude or angry by approaching somebody directly. In Australia it is considered using a third person is a form of gossip but in Africa it is the culturally correct thing to do.

Church community project

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On Saturday we met with a Pastor to talk about a programme he wants to start with local orphans. We are glad to see a local Pastor get hold of reaching his community through acts of love and caring for those who are without hope.
This church has identified 68 orphans in there local community and many of them were at the project launch, were the Pastor shared with the community his hope of providing training for these children. The zone chief was present to hear the plans. My hope and prayer is that this project will get off the ground and become successful as this church has influence with many other churches. Please pray for God to guide this Pastor as he seeks the best way to help these underprivileged kids.

Home sweet home

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We have been blessed to find a home of our own quickly. One of our Mozambican friends had found this home for us and it was just what we hoped for. We move in this week. Yes it has running water and electricity (most of the time). Praise God!!The motor bike is still going well. It started easy and I was able to ride it to buy fresh petrol without trouble. The next day it started first kick. I have been able to get out and about but Kim and the kids are a less mobile until we are able to get a car.

South Africa stay

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We arrived in Jo’burg and were met by relations of Aussie friends. We stayed with this family until our paperwork was organised at the Mozambique High Commission allowing us to enter Mozambique on the correct visa. Kevin and Sue were great hosts, we felt comfortable and blessed to stay with them. Thanks. A bonus for us was we were able to recover from our tummy bug whilst there.
Arriving in Beira Mozambique on the 20th was a relief to finally be back. We were met at the airport by friends. The place we are staying at has no running water which is a real back home feeling. We have had our first power cut, now we feel at home.

Travel via bangkok

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We have been traveling from the 8th of May until 20th May. During this time internet was difficult to safely use. It is amazing how much I rely on the net.


We left Brisbane airport at midnight on the 8th. We were seen off by a group of friends (maybe some were just making sure we went). It is great for us to be heading back to Africa. Thomas was very excited, the combination of Pizza and a huge amount of apple juice resulted in him being sick before we even got though customs. The smell was a reminder of some of the past bus trips we had in Mozambique.


We arrived in Bangkok at 6am very tired but eager to see a little of the city, the locals warmed to Gabi and Thomas who became little stars for a day. 36 hours latter were left Bangkok’s heat and headed to a wintery Johannesburg.

ANZAC day

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In Australia we remember the men and women who have fought in war to keep Australia free. It is important that we remember and respect this day as one of the most important for our nation.

On ANZAC day people who have served as missionaries meet together in Brisbane. This is an appropriate day as they are soldiers in God's army who work to set people of the world free in the name of Jesus. We attended the get-together this year and had a great time renewing friendships and meeting new friends, all of whom are totally committed to the cause. One of the first missionary's to serve in our organisation spent time in PNG as a soldier in the Australian army. When the war was over he returned to help the people of PNG in another way, building churches. His family and many others with them grew the church in PNG from nothing to over 1300 churches strong in the gospel and functioning independently.

These people have shown that with committed vision big things can be accomplished by those serving Jesus.

Going, Going..................

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Going back to Africa is a mission in itself. We have to take things we can't buy in Africa like medical reference and helpful books, insect repellent, sunscreen (you can buy it there if you like wearing white paint), school texts, computer equipment etc... and fit it into a reasonable size bag as we have to lug the stuff through 3 countries on our way to Mozambique.
We have to ensure we inform Government departments that need to know we will be away for 3 years, plus many other last minute tasks, whilst remaining relaxed and able to catch up with people before we leave.
Hoping on the plane is bittersweet. We look forward to arriving in Africa but know that we just left friends and family and wont see them for the next 3 Christmas days, birthdays and all other significant events in our lives.
We go with an unquentiable desire to help Africa, to make a difference and to have a life that counts for something more than a collection of stuff that will end up as landfill after we pass away.
Its not long now and we can take you with us on the next chapter of Harts for Africa.

Back to Africa

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At last the wait is over, we have the necessary paper work to return to Africa. Thank you for standing faithfully with us as we waited.

We go back to Africa better equipped due to our delay. We have been able to meet with people in Australia who have a similar vision as ours in reaching the nations. We are ready to make a difference in Africa.

Zimababwe

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Zimbabwe had their elections over a week ago, yet the results are still not finalized. Mr Mugabe has led Zimbabwe since independence and he is now 84 years of age.

The country has some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa with people who are warm and friendly. If the political party in power changes we will naturally see many changes across the country. Please pray that God will use this opportunity to open the door for the gospel to spread, and enough workers will be available across the land.

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The TV news stated that record numbers of people attended church services over the Easter weekend. They gave the reason that the increasing cost of living is causing people to seek God. It is a shame that many people don’t think of God unless they need Him. How often we pray for things to go well for our friends and family when we could ask that they find God in their trouble. Will good times cause them to ignore the fullness of living in Christ? The truth is people who don’t know God, may only see His goodness when He helps them through a crisis.

The unwise ask ‘how can there be a God with the world so messed up?’ The question is how messed up would the world be without Him? We should pray that our friends and family come into relationship with Jesus, what ever it takes. It is only then they will truly enjoy and understand life’s purpose and meaning.

We have spent the past week at a leader’s summit hosted by Kings Christian Church in Buderim. To help other people grow we must first grow ourselves. All the speakers brought fantastic messages and it was a privilege to sit and hear great ministry. The past week has in itself made up for the delay in our return to Mozambique.

On the visa, we hope to have some news soon.

God Bless, and have a great week.

Jesus is bold

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God is a risk taker. He took a risk when He left us, man, the task of telling the world about His son Jesus. Jesus who died for our sins so that we can personally know God, the creator of Heaven and Earth. Jesus is often shown only as a quiet, gentle man when in fact he was bold and brave when it was needed.
Joh 2:15 So he took some rope and made a whip. Then he chased everyone out of the temple, together with their sheep and cattle. He turned over the tables of the moneychangers and scattered their coins. Joh 2:16 Jesus said to the people who had been selling doves, "Get those doves out of here! Don't make my Father's house a marketplace."
In this passage Jesus upset quite a few people yet he was bold enough to make a difference.
We are God’s plan to take the news of salvation to the world. All we can do is the small part we have been given. Jesus also knew how and when to be patient. While we are looking forward to retuning to Mozambique it is our time to be patient. It can be hard to wait but knowing that God will have His way and no person can stand against Him is a great comfort.

Can we make a difference?

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There are many ways we can help the people of Africa. We can set up orphanages or schools to help children have a better life. We could feed the masses who don’t have enough food to live a healthy life.

Jesus has told us to make disciples, why? One reason is because it will cause people to take care of others. We are just one family and we can’t do everything in Mozambique that needs to be done. But we are devoted to the community leaders; to disciple and encourage them to take care of the needs of their own people. Mozambicans will make the difference in Mozambique, as more people know the heart of Jesus, the better off each community will be. We believe in a top down approach, by influencing the leaders you can change a community. As people turn from following Jesus their communities fall apart, each person becomes me centered.

Can we make a difference? We sure can! God has not given us an impossible mission, but He is faithful and true. Let’s work together to improve the lives and well-being of many Africans.

Please pray for us as we carry out the vision that is in our hearts.
Thank you and God Bless

Deadly Water

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People are good at making science fit into their perception of the world. Back when the western world was in the west and the eastern world was to the east it was common knowledge that the world was flat. It was considered stupid to think differently. Now in the western world evolution has the same hold in science. You must be crazy to believe God actually created the earth and all that is in it, even if the evidence points toward it being fact.
In Africa there are many common beliefs that are considered fact, such as evil spirits cause sickness, what are germs?

Cholera is currently affecting people in Mozambique, many are dying from drinking unclean water. If you believe evil spirits cause sickness why stop drinking unclean water? Ignorance is not bliss, it is deadly. We have to pass on the knowledge we have to enable all people to live a long healthy life, set free.

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The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'--Billy Graham

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be used by God yet others are overlooked? It seems to me that effective Christians have one thing in common - prayer. Prayer changes things. It can allow an ordinary person to be used to perform the extraordinary. When it comes to prayer we all have the same opportunity.

Every person has times of discouragement and the thing that differs is the way we handle it. Billy Graham also has times of deep discouragement and our answer should be the same as his, taking the time to ask our loving Father for help. Be encouraged and lean on God no matter what you face today.

Landmines

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After almost thirty years of war, Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in Africa. Grain must be imported and the economy depends heavily on foreign aid. Mozambique is faced with desertification, pollution of surface and coastal waters, and severe drought and floods in the central and southern provinces.

In addition, much of its farmable land is unusable because of landmines. "Perhaps the most devastating use of land mines was the random dissection of mines in fields and along access paths to stop people from producing food," notes Human Rights Watch Africa in a report entitled "Land Mines and Economic Life". Mines manufactured in 15 different countries were used by all sides in the fighting, accelerating a devastating famine cycle in the 1980s that sent a huge refugee exodus across the borders with South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi.

According to Handicap International, an estimated 20 people step on landmines every month in Mozambique. Sixty percent of them die because they lack access to health services. In 1996, Mozambique's Defence Minister estimated that there were still about 3 million landmines in Mozambique.

The devastation caused by mines in Mozambique is striking. In addition to farmable land, power lines, roads, bridges, railroads, and airports, even schools, factories and cattle dip tanks were mined. Wildlife is also threatened by mines: elephants have been found maimed by anti-personnel mines and killed by anti-tank mines.

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Pro 19:17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed.

Overload

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Transport in Mozambique is often overloaded, we have traveled with 33 people on a 18 seat mini bus, we have been on a 52 seat coach with over 120 people. The Mozambicans have done the math the more you can put on the more money you make.
The above photos show some of what is on the roads in Africa