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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

Business Development

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Transport is provided via hand drawn carts. We have seen several ton of cement carried in one cart.
Maize is bought in bulk and sold in smaller portions
The need for foreign investment and local enterprise is apparent in
Mozambique if it is to be removed from the list of poorest nations in the world. Foreign investment creates jobs and opportunities for locals to create businesses to cater for new needs. It also creates a work force that can be taxed, providing the Government much needed funds to develop infastructure, such as schools, hospitials, roads, etc.....
We are able to help local people to develop businesses by helping them to identify the need and develop strategies to cater for that need. Many people we know are very capable of running businesses but live in poverty due to a lack of training or a lack of self confidence. It is my vision to see Mozambicans sucessfully running the majority of businesses in the country.

Would you climb this?

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Extract of June 2007 Newsletter

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The above picture is a typical Church building, the second photo is of Thomas enjoying the church service, ( Dad’s preaching!).

The last month we have been privileged to spend time speaking in local churches, we have seen people receive Jesus as their saviour at every meeting, which is great! We have also seen the hand of God moving during the meetings, filling people with the Holy Spirit and setting others free.
Many leaders of the local churches have had little or no training and are desperate to have input to help them grow as leaders. We have pastors visit our home to meet and discuss how to improve their meetings and how to deal with issues that arise in their lives. We also visit the houses of church leaders to encourage them.
One pastor I have spent time with has a very interesting story: he had a vision one day where he was told to close his shop and open a church. This man then became a Christian, completed 3 a month bible college course and started a church within a short time. He and his wife have a heart to help other Mozambicans but without further training and mentoring, their church could easily become another cult. By being aware of the need for further biblical teaching and counsel this couple will grow and be leaders of a thriving church doing good for the people of Beira. This is one example of the need for Pastor training and mentoring, there are many leaders desiring training particularly in villages.
Many people have not heard of Jesus or the salvation plan God has for us all. But at the same time many of those that do attend and lead churches lack teaching and mentoring. The bottom line is Mozambique needs more people that are willing to serve God and the people.

Please pray

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Please pray that our visa aplication will be processed soon. We are looking forward to going back to Mozambique. The period over Chritsmas and the New Year is typically busy, we are praying that now we will hear good news.

We thank you for your prayers and support.

African Ipod

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