The number of full time missionaries there now is down a bit since our last visit due to some natural attrition. So they will have a good bit more stress on them as well. That's another reason why we'll be there.
As you may have read, Mozambique is experiencing some significant turmoil. Heavy rains have destroyed many crops, there is also a major drought in the central and southern part of the country, so there is a food shortage in these areas now. There is also renewed rebel violence in those same areas that began at the beginning of the year, which will likely be exacerbated by the shortages. Like most third world countries where poverty has been an issue for generations, the nation also experiences widespread corruption in all levels of government services. This will certainly not aid in easing any of these burdens. They need a great deal of prayer for God's direct intervention and some effective near term solutions to ease the suffering.
We hope to be a part of that, at least for those who are at this life changing school, and also for those long termers who are freely giving their lives to make a difference in the futures of several hundred orphans in their care. It was also a life transforming adventure for two aging geezers. It made a great impact on our understanding of the cultural differences and how real Kingdom principles are applied, rather than our American version of the Kingdom. (The Blog entry below may also help give you some further insight into the alteration of Kingdom understanding.)
Following Mozambique we are traveling to Frankfurt, Germany to do a couple of training sessions and do a great deal of personal ministry. We'll return August 18th. Obviously, there are going to be expenses involved, which we will have a tough time covering ourselves. Last Fall we wound up buying a moringa seed pulverizer for the IRIS moringa farm so they could more easily supply this nutritious food additive to the base supplied rice and beans they feed about 5,000 folks per day. They we doing by hand with a large stone motor and pestle. We need you to help and would encourage you to participate with us in this ministry opportunity. As you may know, when we are in Africa we are not earning money and the mortgage and insurance folk expect us to write frequently. So whatever you can do would be helpful.
You can donate through our web site www.houseofhealignministries.org. It is tax deductible as usual and we'll be sure to keep you updated while on the adventure. If you chose to donate via check, try to have it here by the May 23rd so we can attend to our book keeping before we head out on the 26th.
Thanks and God Bless you. Jim and Pat