It's that time again in my life as the Mozambique Initiative coordinator. It's time to visit Mozambique! I'll offer some initial reflection and my rough itinerary in this blog. Photos, stories, and more will follow in the coming days.
As I visit Mozambique in this late-fall, I can't help but reflect on the last year. I hope that I've grown as a leader, follower of Christ, and in my understanding of the Mozambican church, lifestyle, and people. I also can't help but think about the joy and gratitude that I am filled with on this day. It's an opportunity and honor each day to represent the people of United Methodism in Missouri.
I was reminded by a friend yesterday to be sure to live out Matthew 28:19 in the Great Commission. All the Nations. I love that Methodism in Missouri is doing this actively by partnering in Mozambique. I also have been in thought over the last few weeks (due to seminary class readings) about how other nations will be continuing to send people to the USA to be missionaries here. It's so easy to think that "they" in Mozambique need "us" in Missouri. We need each other mutually to succeed and to make disciples of all nations.
The next few weeks will "fill my bucket." This year has been rough. During my April trip, I wrote about losing my wife and I's baby in miscarriage. Since then, loss continued with losing both grandmother in-laws and our cat of seven years. Our work with the people of Mozambique continue to lift my spirits and provide a true sense of joy and hope in the world. In this season of Advent, of all people, I need this message of joy and hope.
My trip will be interesting, new, and different than my previous trips. Largely, upon arrival in Mozambique, I'll spend time in the Maputo area for a few days to visit new church plants and the growing communities of the Church. Then, Ezy and I will travel up to Cambine for the South Mozambican Annual Conference. Ezy was in Missouri for ours, but I've never experienced theirs! I'm super excited to experience this. Yes, it's okay to call me a church-polity nerd.
Just before and after the Annual Conference, we will visit a few churches in the Massinga and Inhambane areas. The opportunity to be the connection of these Mozambican churches to their sister churches in Missouri is awesome. We'll be exploring additional partnership opportunities.
As of this writing, I'm waiting for the flight from St. Louis to Washington Dulles and later tonight to continue the journey to Mozambique via South Africa. I am joyous and hopeful for this most recent journey to Mozambique and I hope these blogs will share some insight into the sights and sounds over the next few weeks. Thank you for reading and your passion for the people in Mozambique.