It’s been forever since we’ve written any type of post on our blog. Some of that has been due to busy-ness and some not knowing what to say, but a large part of it has been wrestling through what and how to share what’s going on.
In Mozambique we worked with existing churches and the pastors and leaders within those churches. Dan taught and discipled those men, we ran food relief programs, dealt with water, electricity and security issues and traveled on terrible roads. All of those things merited your prayers and much of life made interesting stories that we could share with you. In Mozambique many of our friends and those we rubbed shoulders with, even the non-Christians were glad to be prayed for and have their stories shared.
We’re still in ministry but it’s different. Dan is teaching and working with our host church here in Portugal but our ultimate goal (and that of our team) is to plant a new church in the area where we live. That takes time. We’re new here (even after 17 months we’re still the new kids on the block when one considers our neighbors have grown up and lived their entire lives in this area – many for generations). We’re learning culture. We’re creating new routines. The kids are in new schools and doing new things. We’re trying to make new friends and build those relationships. In everything we’re trying to be salt and light.
I’m sure there are stories in all those activities but we as I said, we struggle with what and how to share. The culture is different here than in Mozambique and while we pray for each of our new friends and those we have yet to meet, we do not want to do anything which could harm a budding friendship. In the sharing of stories we do not want anyone to feel they are a project rather than a friend . . . because truly God has given us great friendships that we want to have for years to come. Of course we want everyone to come to know the Lord but regardless of if our friends choose to follow Christ or not…we hope all our friendships endure regardless of their faith….
We’re still not completely sure how to share stories but we want to do a better job of communicating with each of you – allowing you to see pieces of our life and ministry here in Portugal, our disengagement from Mozambique and to connect with us and our new ministry.
Thanks for your interest in us and our ministry. Blessings on each of you!