Saturday night movie night
Sunday night movie night during our set-up
Monday night movie night during set-up - also Luke's birthday.
The team arrived on Tuesday and so did Mark (which made the 3 of us really happy). They got settled in and began ministries on Wednesday. Each morning they went on hut to hut or field to field evangelism. Then at 11 they men, women, and childrens ministries. The team was very involved in all of the ministries as well as willing to help with anything in and around camp.
It was so great to see all that the Lord is doing in and through the church in Matsilele. Pastor Robert (also the chief of Matsilele) is very involved in his church and teaching his people God's Word as well as how to serve the Lord. This year before the team arrived a few ladies came to clean the whole church including the windows and each morning one lady would come to sweep the church for the days ministries. He also set up one day for a few people from his church to go out on the evangelism with our team so that they could learn how to share the gospel with their village. This is the first time we have seen a local church participate in this.
Another praise to share ... is that in the past when someone wanted to be baptized they had to wait for the pastor from a church in Maputu who has acted like "the bishop" of these local churches instead of letting the local pastors baptize. While we were there Pastor Robert took a group to Xicumbane and they had a service there and he got to baptize the people from his congregation. He said from now on they are going to baptize their own people. It was a great day.
Airline BC had many opportunities to be apart of the work God is doing in Matsilele and share the gospel. There is one in particular I want to share with you. I want you to read the story from one of the team members, whose name is Chip ...
"Our last day in Matsilele going hut to hut. Our team left the camp intending to visit huts that were just south of the camp on the main road. For some reason we never found the particular huts we were looking for. Instead, Kristy, Kenneth, Derrick and I walked on the main road looking for someone to share with. Derrick is a walker!! He believes no distance is to great. Several times this week his patience has paid off as God has rewarded us with opportunities after long walks. Today was no exception. We walked about 2 1/2 miles from the camp and were beginning to wonder if we would see anyone when we came upon a woman standing in an open field. Earlier in the week we had passed this field to go and get firewood and Jonathon had mentioned that it would really be nice to go out and sit in the field under one of the large trees. This was exactly what God had planned. We walked out into the field and Derrick asked for her permission to visit. We sat together in the field and asked her why she was there and she answered that she did not know. She told us that she had been "walking in circles" for sometime simply waiting for something that she didn't understand! We learned that her name was Selina and that she was not a believer. She felt that there was a God who had created everything but did not understand His relationship to her. We shared God as our creator and her creator. We talked about man's fall into sin and God's redemptive plan. As we shared with Selina there was a change in her countenance, a change in her appearance and it became obvious that the Holy Spirit had surrounded our group and that God was at work in a powerful way. We knelt in the dirt, in the middle of an open field and Selena surrendered her life to Jesus Christ. She asked for forgiveness for her sin and prayed to turn and follow only God form that point forward. When we opened our eyes and looked at her the look on her face was absolute JOY! At that moment there was no doubt that our entire morning and hers was all part of a divine appointment and preordained by God. We told her that the angels in heaven were rejoicing over her salvation and that we were rejoicing as well. We thanked her for sharing with us and her words were, "No, I thank you and God for sending you to me." She told us that she now understood why she had wondered around in that area and that what seemed to have no purpose actually had great purpose. Selina is not a member of the village at Matsilele and as we left the field; headed back to Matsilele, she headed south. But her walk was different. She left us praising God out loud for His love and mercy. Selina left us with a memory of God's love and grace that we will never forget."
More pictures from this outreach in Matsilele ...