Mozambique was amazing. Incredible. Unbelievable. Life-changing. At times heartwarming, at others heartbreaking. It was truly an experience that I will never forget, and one that I hope changes me for good. I am still trying to figure out the best way to tell you all about it--there is so much to share!!!
For this morning, though, I just want to give you a little peek. On the way home, the pastor who led our team asked if we would each write a brief summary, explaining what we think is "the big deal" there--why our church is/should continue to be involved in the villages in Mozambique. I'd like to share with you what I wrote, and a few pics too...
“Have mercy on us!” the woman cried. “This is the water we use for drinking, cooking, bathing, and eating! Have mercy on us!”
Providing sources of clean water takes hard work and money. Wells or ditches may need to be dug, tanks may need to be installed—it’s not an overnight solution. It’s the same with leading people to Christ—convincing them to let go of their time-honored traditions, that they don’t need to appease an angry God, is slow going. But the opportunity to provide someone with clean and living water is priceless.
Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place. –Psalm 28:2
At the end of our time in each village, they held a farewell for us and presented us with gifts. The material wrapped around my shoulders is called capulano and is what they use for their skirts, for tying their babies on their backs, for carrying loads of stuff, and just about anything else! The head scarf is also something that they traditionally wear. Both of these were incredibly sacrificial gifts from a people who just DON'T HAVE extra money.