Relationships. Conversations. Honesty. Collaboration. Listening. Learning.
"That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love," Ephesians 3:16
Another incredibly full 8AM-9PM day of great stuff. From breakfast conversation with Renate and Claus (German Methodist Missionaries at Cambine) to the rest of the daytime with Ezequiel to meet with Mozambique Annual Conference staff to dinner again with Claus, Renate, and Glenn, one of Virginia's representatives.
The transformation of the Malanga Guest House a few years ago to the Conference Office was a good decision. At first, I was skeptical -- I loved staying there. I was skeptical for selfish reasons -- wanting to sustain my memories there from 2006 and 2012. It's a fantastic resource full of offices, buzz, and people filled with Jesus. Ministry is happening. What conversations took place at this place where I've spent many nights, now turned office space? Just small things like a brainstorming session on microfinance projects, curriculum discussion of training on children and women's rights issues, finance leadership structure, just to name a few!
After visiting with various conference leaders, Ezequiel and I met Naftal for a late lunch where we had a fantastic conversation how partnerships and relationships work. They helped me understand background on various initiatives -- provided feedback on how I can assist VIM teams more effectively, and offered great thoughts on the strengths and challenges of the Church. I'm humbled at the commitment to grow the Church I witness on a daily basis from them, Bishop Nhanala and many of our partners here in Mozambique.
This evening, I also spent learning. It was great to continue conversations from breakfast with Claus and Renate -- but also very interesting and special to hear thoughts from Glenn. My colleague from Virginia spent 6 years on Mozambique from 1987-1993. For those Mozambique history buffs -- you know this was during the conclusion of the civil war. Talk about stories -- he has some powerful ones. Learning from each other is often devalued in today's society. We see clashing blog posts on protests and disagreements back home in Missouri. There's no learning involved here. Just opinions shared virtually to the masses which does nothing but discourage a rationale conversation. In our conversation today, we had no disagreements, but the point is my openness to invite him to dinner, learn about him -- was one of of the smartest things I did.
Our hearts are in the same place. Our bodies may only be together for a short time. Because we're connectional -- we have the power to change lives and be the evangelists of the Gospel to each other and those who don't know the Gospel yet. American, German, Mozambican. We're all on the same team for the Lord -- and we're stronger together in friendship.
Tomorrow -- MASSINGA! The travel begins. Happy Friday!