quinta-feira, 4 de fevereiro de 2010

January 2010 Newsletter

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace. Acts 20:24
Dear friends and brothers in Christ, the grace and peace of the Lord.
As it's not different in Africa, we started the year 2010 with much struggle and also with hard work, but also with the blessings of the Lord. We believe that this will be a year when we do great things in the Kingdom of God here in Mozambique and in particular in Chimoio. This year we are returning some activities that we've been doing very little because of other services. For example I will return to a course of Bible school that was in our house and it already has a group of brothers and leaders who will be studying with us starting this month. Next week we are starting to work with children again, because before we assisted other projects but now we want to start ours. We will start next week with some children, quite simple, our goal is to reach the children of this community where we will be working with the word of God. We have a project done in this direction, so all we need is prayer and financial resources.
The work with the prisons has been very good and has given amazing results. Last Saturday in the service we had 32 new converts and it was a blessing to worship. During the month of May we will give a 2-week course to teach inmates to use cassava and sugarcane, this course is also part of the project we want to start to reach the poor communities here in Chimoio.
Last Sunday was another blessing because we started a new congregation of our church, and it's where I'll be assisting. The first service was very good although there wasn't a large crowd, we had 11 adults and 40 children, and 3 people accepted Jesus. The next service will be much better because on Saturday we will do evangelism. Please pray for this work, it's a very poor neighbourhood that is 8 miles from where we live and there are many wizards and prophets, and we need a lot of grace from God.
Please continue supporting us with your prayers so that we can keep doing what God wants in this country, and seeking new strategies of the Lord for the success of our ministry in Africa. Once again thank you for all you have done for us and for your faithfulness to us regarding our finances. May God bless you more and make you prosper in all things. We never forget that all of this is only possible because you believed in us.
Prayer Requests:
1 - For the good continuity of our work, and new projects
2 - For God's protection in our lives
3 - For Thaisa, our daughter's, college and employment
4 - For Dayene,our daughter, that will start university in South Africa this month
5 - For our finances
6 - For our car is still broken
7 - For our supporters and intercessors
8 - Funds for our projects

In Christ's love, Wanderley & Rosaria

segunda-feira, 1 de fevereiro de 2010

JOBUS Project

JOBUS - Youth Pursuing Dreams, is a desire I have in my heart and I would like to share with you this dream.

We, as Christian Educators, in agreement with the directives of M.P.N.E, decided to implement “PROJECT JOBUS” as we consider the education and reintegration of children and youth into society as well as help develop Christian character, as indispensable.
We believe that through Christian education, we will be able to develop new and good habits that will shape their character, and supply the knowledge that they need.
In this way, we will be contributing to the adjustment of a youth into society and preparing him to be a useful citizen, happy and self-governed by divine and God fearing principles.

POPULATION TARGETED: This social and cultural project is aimed at needy children, teenagers and youth in the community aged between 5 and 26 years, who live in Chimoio, Mozambique and need an opportunity to change their life.

Our general objective is to offer the participants, an integrated vision for life:
*A manifest faith in the triune God evidenced by attitudes and correct behaviour;
*Strong family, society and church links;
* Food and help to those in need;
* To take care of their wellbeing, physically, emotionally and spiritually

*Testimony of the love of God, meeting the needs of others
*Promotion of the participants’ well being in the following areas:
-Spiritual area
-Physical area
-Social area

Jobus is a totally independent cultural project within MPNE, Ministerio Prisional Nova Esperança. This project was started on the 1st September 2009, in Chimoio.

Jobus objectives: To respect and fight for the dreams of the youth with actions and positive attitudes, so that they will be able to reach their dreams; to promote the implementation of training courses, arts, culture, leisure, sports, athletics, and entertainment for their well being and to fight HIV/AIDS.
Training on drugs, smoking, family planning, unwanted pregnancy, sex, hygiene, health, educational videos, among others.

Main activities: Drawing, plastic art, sowing & tailoring, educational radio, hairdressing, theatre, music classes, athletics, dance, music and video production, photography and sound studio, lectures, reading (library), internal news paper.

Expected results:
- More knowledge for teenagers and adults
- Reintegration of child, youth and adult in social life
- Enablement of these youth to live within the culture
- Occupation of time of youth to diminish practices such as:
- Addictive sex, child prostitution, abortion
- Theft, vices such as drinking and drugs
- Unwanted and early pregnancy
- Better motivation for life and income for the families registered in the activities

If you are interested in learning more or helping this project send us an email and we'll send you the full project outline.

New congregation in Nhaurir

Last Sunday, 31 January, was the first worship service in the new congregation of our church, at the Nhaurir neighbourhood near the city of Chimoio, where I am now pastoring. It was a great blessing to see so many children in church hearing the word of God. Like all early work we didn't have a large number of people, but we had 11 adults and some 40 children; and most important of all this we had 3 new converts. Please pray for this work, because it's an area very needy for the word of God.