Today we celebrated the 33rd anniversary of the Baptist Church in Dondo. The day was dedicated to the families, the whole service was centered around the family as a unit.
Pastor Todd, a fellow CRI missionary from NY gave the message, referencing Ephesians 5. The message focused on God's instructions on how we should live our lives, it was a powerful and direct, an important message for all of us to hear.
The church was packed, people were sitting outside and there were children everywhere!! Then they started singing and dancing. It was such a blessing to be in the church, and as I prayed I thanked God once again for choosing me to be His servant here in Dondo.
We arrived at 8am, things started to get going by 9 and the service lasted till 1pm. Then all of the families were served a lunch of rice and bean and a small piece of fried fish and a small piece of chicken. It was a huge plate full of food, that most are not accustomed to. They had to pay 20 metacash, for their meal which is about 82 cents.
We went back to church tonight at 6pm for the evening service. Pastor Jeronimo spoke from John 15, referring to the Vine and the Branches and Jesus as the one and only true vine.
Pastor is so much fun to watch as he preaches, he is very animated. We had the help of an interpreter, and what he did not communicate in words, you could easily figure out in the actions and tone of voice of Pastor Jeronimo.
Many of the older children and teens in the church go to this service, it's great to see them there. To know that they are hearing the word of God spoken to them. The teens also lead the worship and again there is plenty of singing and dancing!
It was a long day, but a good day as well.
We were home a little after 8 and finish celebrating the day with a big bowl of popcorn!!
Life in Mozambique is good, very good.
John 15:4 says... Remain in me and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless in remain in me.