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The Miracle of Moringa Leaves
India's ancient tradition of ayurveda says the leaves of the Moringa tree prevent 300 diseases.
Modern science confirms the basic idea.
Scientific research has proven that these humble leaves are in fact a powerhouse of nutritional value.
Unfortunately, even while science sings the praise of Moringa leaves, this vital information has not reached the people who need it most.

Last year we were introduced to Moringa and had the opportunity to cultivate it and add it into our diet.
When we return to Mozambique we will teach people how to grow and use Moringa helping to add much needed vitamins and minerals into their diet. This is one way we can help people help themselves.


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HIV/AIDS what a problem! This disease kills the work force, it kills parents, it kills the educators. AIDS leaves behind the very young and very old. This causes so many problems for nations trying to get out of poverty. In Mozambique 1.8 million people between the ages of 15-49 are infected with HIV, in a country where the Government spends US$28 per person on health each year, AIDS patients take 60% of the hospital beds.

How can we stop its deadly spread? We can treat the sick, prolonging life. We can educate people on what causes it and how to prevent its spread. In the western world we accept that protection will prevent AIDS from spreading, in Mozambique it is thought that protection takes away from a man’s masculinity so men avoid it.
In some tribes it is thought that AIDS can be cured by sleeping with a virgin, these things contribute to its rapid spread. Some people who are infected by AIDS get so angry they pay back by infecting as many people as they can, this is very sad.

We believe that as Christian values are accepted the spread of AIDS should be reduced. We see that by teaching the way of God we can make a difference. We teach and reemphasize these values to over 200 church leaders in Mozambique, who in turn teach thousands. In time this should turn the tide and reduce the AIDS death toll.

There is no quick fix for controlling the spread of AIDS but the Bible does give us the answer, by increasing biblical teaching amongst churches we will make a difference.

Extract from September 2006 newsletter

9:51 AM Harts for Africa 0 Comments

Over the past month we have spent time with a team visiting from Australia. We visited churches, planted at the beginning of this year. Travelling the 1500 km round trip, we saw a dry, dusty landscape that will not receive rain for months. Many villages had stores of food visible in overhead bins, with even more villages having little evidence of food to sustain them for the up coming months. In some places the goats that dotted the landscape left us wondering what they possibly could have to eat.
When we arrived at each church we found them healthy, each with well over 100 people attending. One church was in the process of being extended as it was experiencing rapid growth. This is fantastic as they were started from scratch by the third year church plant students not local to the area. When some of the church planters arrived in their new community, they were met with suspicion but after months of integration they now are accepted well by the locals.
The visit was part of the assessment process, with areas assessed including the business used to provide income, the garden used to grow food, record keeping, hygiene (construction of showers and toilets), the church format and it’s effectiveness.

Mozambican homes

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This is a home 12km outside Mozambique's second largest city. It would typically house 6 people sleeping on bamboo mats on cement floor. This would be considered an average home made from bamboo and rocks with a cement render.

This home is the same as above, the owners have not found either the time or resources to render the outside. This home gives no relief from the mosquitoes

These homes have been built in low lying areas as the land is affordable and close to the rice fields. Note the rocks holding down the roof.
The home in the middle is one of the cheapest to build, it is made from saplings and grass with a dirt floor, not much fun in the flood, which will last several months of the year

This village is in a northern provence on the coast. The water is caused by a high spring tide. The people who live in these homes are typically fishermen and follow the Islamic faith.

This home is made from mud bricks and has a thatched roof. There are 2 bed rooms and a living room. The house is home to 4 people.

This was our home for most of our time in Mozambique. We had running water as we were able to pump water from a well into the overhead tank.
The house was built from cement blocks. It has 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and a living room. The whole house is roughly the same size as a double garage.

Clearing out

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In 2006 we reduced our worldly possessions so we could store the important things for when we resettle in Australia. It took us several garage sales and trips to the op shops, as well time to consider who could benefit from some of our surplus possessions.

This was one of the most liberating times of our life. Both Kim and I felt freedom in clearing out the cupboards, finding spare shelf space. We thought we were quite ruthless but the things we kept have been stored for over 20 months and we miss very little of it. Living out of suitcases has been a real blessing. We have been set free of clever advertising designed to tempt us to collect more stuff. We have to carefully weigh up the need and space available for each item we carry. We have found that many things we owned in the past to help us enjoy life, actually contributed to stress as they broke down or had to be stored somewhere.

The enjoyment of life lies in the mind and the heart. We enjoy life by the way we live it and the relationships we have, not by the stuff we carry.

We are still waiting in Brisbane for the Mozambique Government to approve our application for residential visas. We are hoping the New Year may see them approved soon. Then it will be a test to see if our accumulated possessions will fit within the airline baggage allowance as we return to Mozambique.