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.


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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?"


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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.


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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.