10 Day Trip to Mozambique -
KSB & CCE
(report on departure of team here)
more photos here
The following brief report is written by Dr Ilsa
Vermaak, about the Mozamabique trip made by Cedar College of Education trip with Kwasizabantu, 22 September - 2
October 2005: (for a Word version, with photos, click here)
We have returned safely from a
very blessed outreach to Mozambique. We visited one of our Kwasizabantu
co-workers, Carlos Vilancoulos. It is really out "in the sticks". He
lives in the Simbie area, between the towns Massinga and Vilankulo, in the
north-eastern part of the province Inhambane. It was strengthening to see what the
Lord has already done through one person who is faithful, though he has very little and
the circumstances are tough. The congregation still meets under a tree, the roads are
poor, he does not have a wife or an income, has adopted 6 orphans, live from the veldt and
by faith, yet the work is growing!
Coming from Africa myself, I did
not have full understanding of the difficult circumstances under which
Carlos is working. Marxist ideology and the war has had a devastating effect on the
infrastructure, economy and a whole generation who know nothing about God. Although the
Government is currently attending to the main road in the south, it has reached
only as far as Xai-Xai. Further north the road has more pot holes than tar, so
to say. At many places it is better to drive next to the road! The last 100 km to Carlos'
place took us more than 3 hours because of the condition of the road.
Together with six CCE students, we could
visit 7 schools; a departmental official accompanied us every day. The schools
vary from war-torn buildings, reed and palm structures, to classrooms under a tree.
We were allowed to present TLW
to all the schools and we sang and taught them Christian choruses. At one stage
we drew a Cross on the black board - people did not know what the meaning was; one
pupil suggested that it represents prayer. We gave soccer balls
away as a gift to the schools and we realised that by donating even the most basic
resources, doors open for future visits and make people more willing to listen
to your message, though one is not officially allowed to preach the
Gospel. We came back spiritually strengthened, appreciating the
abundance we all have and with a prayer that God will send people in His harvest.