Nov. 16,'08 Africa Report
Hello to everyone,
We are in the final few days of our time here in Mozambique. It's been a wonderful time teaching and pastoring the students in the missions school. We have seen so many of them on an individual basis and been able to mentor and pour into their lives. This is one of the most exciting kinds of ministry for us as we know they so easily receive from the Lord and take what they have received and spread it all over the world.
We leave here on Tuesday and arrive back in Canada on Wednesday. We so appreciate your prayers for our journey back – that the flights will be trouble free, we will make all our connectins and our luggage will arrive back home with us. Also for our health. We thank the Lord that we have all been in good health here. Now we go from a very, very hot, humid climate back to winter in North America. This year especially with all the travelling it seems to have been common for me to get sick either on the way home or as soon as we return! So we are praying for continued protection for us all.
We are also looking for the Lord to open new doors of ministry opportunities for us at this time and into the new year.
Of interest here is that Keith has been suspected of doing a bit of money laundering! One day he returned from the market with a handful of small bills. The money here gets unbelievably filthy. So bad that sometimes you don't even want to take the change. So he had this little ripped, crumbled blackened 20 Metacias note (worth about 80 cents in American money). The next day he was doing some laundry and decided to drop the note in the bucket with the soapy water. It came out much cleaner and even dried out pretty well. So we all started teasing him about laundering money. What some missionaries won't do to raise support! :)
It's election time in Mozambique. We've never been around for that before and it's quite interesting. There are parades almost daily of long lines of cars and flatbed trucks full of people all cheering, honking horns and waving red flags with the Frelimo insignia. There are also many private parties for large groups of people at the restaurants on the beach. Walking past reveals lavish preparations and lovely settings with waiters from the Pemba Beach Resort in their tall white hats running back and forth. Not your everyday affair. All the important people and dignitaries are here and the red Frelimo signs are everywhere. The govrnment here is called “Democratic Socialism” - whatever that means! Rachel says when there is a machine gun on your red flag you know there's a problem!
Thank you so much once again for your prayers for us. Believe me, it makes a huge difference.
LaQueta (Keith and Rachel) Paul