Friday, May 29, 2009

Hello Friends

It is time once again to let you know what’s happening here in Lichinga. We have been blessed this week. We have been able to get a lot of work done and also take sometime off from working to go to two villages and the hospital. Monday late afternoon Albetrt, Tyren, Gazani, Victor, Rachel Annelisa and I went to the hospital for the two visitation hours and spent time with the patients there and praying for them. There are about four different wards and we divided up into groups and went to all of them. Victor and I went to the children’s ward. In the first room we went to there was a mother with her five month old daughter who had a very curved spine which made her tip her head way back and she also did not have use of her right arm. We talked with the mother for quite a while then asked if we could pray for her daughter and she said we could. Victor noticed that there were beads around the baby’s neck and waist from the witch doctor. He asked the mother if she would take them off which she did immediately. Victor asked if he could have the beads to take them and burn them but the mother would not give them to him. We spent some time praying over the baby and Tyren joined us as well. Then the father of the boy in the next bed came in with his son and we were able to minister to him as well. We all enjoyed our time in the hospital. This coming Monday is children’s day so Tyren wants to do something special in the children’s ward then. Tyren and Victor have been going to the hospital every week since February. It is such a great place to minister.

During Hospital Visitation

So cute.

Tuesday was a busy days as well. We worked for three hours in the morning and got all the rebar tided for the ring beam around the rest of the building. Then we Rachel, Annelisa, Elias, Albert and I went to Mitava, which is the village just out side of Lichinga where Elias Becca is working. You might remember I mentioned him in one of my updates about two weeks ago. He is a Mozambiquian that is working with YWAM(Youth With A Mission). God has called him to work with the seniors there. The seniors are often forgotten and not taken care of by there families, but God has placed a burden on Elias’s heart to reach out to them. He is working with 12 of them right now. Almost all of them have accepted the Lord as Saviour. It is a very strong Muslim village and they are often cut off from their families when they chose to follow Christ. Elias showed us around part of the village and it was nice to get to meet the seniors he is working with. We just had a really good time there. Albert had a great time playing soccer and taking lots of photos. This was the first village he had been to and village life is much different than the way we normally live.

In Mitava

Enjoying some soccer.

Albert trying his hand out on the pump.

Meeting some of the Seniors Elias works with.

Tuesday afternoon we went to another village called Luica. We went to show the Jesus film there. About eight people camped in the village that night and the next day went through the village visiting the people and seeing what they thought of the film. Seven people gave their lives to the Lord as they went through the village visiting the people in their huts.

Setting up for the Jesus Film

Wednesday we formed up the remaining 28 meters of ring beam around the rest of the admin building and poured it as well. We are so thankful for the help of some of our Mozambiquian brothers who have been helping us. We have either one or two working with us every day. We appreciate their love for the lord and their desire to serve Him in whatever needs to be done. They have mixed so much concrete and mortar for us and there is no way the admin building would we this far if it weren’t for them.

We have been held up a lot on the block laying because our block supplier has not been able to supply blocks as fast as we can lay them. We have all the exterior walls almost finished and we are working on the interior walls of the addition to the admin building. It was the original part of the building they wanted us to focus on but it has come along faster than expected so we have had time to work on the other part. We have had to find other things to do when we do not have blocks. We had to put about one foot of fill in all over the building to bring it up to floor level. This has taken many hours and hundreds of wheelbarrow loads of dirt from all over the property, but thankfully we just finished this morning after having been working at it for over a week off and on. We have all the doors in windows installed in the original part we were working on and we have put ion the plumbing for the toilets in the bathrooms and dug have of the septic tank. We thank the Lord for all he has helped us get done while Albert has been here. I didn’t think we would have gotten as much as we have done.

Topping off the exterior walls before the ring beam.

Forming upp the ring beam

Laying the interior walls

Gazani mixing the mountain of concrete.

On Thursday we had another lady come that is here for long term. Her name is Tanya; yes this is the third Tanya we have had here in the last couple of months. She is from Australia. It is amazing how many missionaries from Australia are here in Mozambique. It seems like wherever I go I am meeting people from Australia.

Albert only has three more days till he leaves. I am going to miss having him here to work with, he has been a blessing. Please keep him in your prayers as he travels home, he should be home Lord willing on Wednesday evening.

I would appreciate your prayers, I was able to change my flights and I am supposed to be confirmed on those flights. It has been almost two weeks since I had them make the changes but they have not sent me my new itinerary and I need it before I can book my internal flight here.


Joia said...

Andrew, so wonderful to hear about your visit to the hospital, especially with the mother and baby - can't wait to hear what God will do!

Love the pictures - I am astounded at what you guys have been able to accomplish! Praise the Lord!

Mom said...

Great pictures Andrew, you and Albert (and God) have gotten so much done, great job, Praise Him!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Andrew,

It is greay how much you do for the Wilcox family and there Mozambiquen children and friends!

I still read your blog with much interest! Thank you fot showing al this pictures and stories!


Marlieke (from Holland)
would you say hi for me to the Wilcox's?!