The last conference in Mozambique

The last conference in Mozambique

1 November 2017

Our last conference for pastors in Mozambique was at a bigger village . The place where we were to pitch our tents was between a house and a fairly busy dirt road. Immediately upon our arrival many onlookers gathered. Pastor Mark and I had to go to the vice district commissioner to explain the purpose of our visit.
Luckily this was a kind gentleman who also attended the proceedings for a while , the next day. He was given a Chichewa and a Portuguese Bible.
Back at the camp we felt very vulnerable with the many onlookers . Our hosts kindly constructed a temporary fence with reed poles and plastic. This was very welcome as the rooftop tent had broken and Martie and Willem slept in their vehicle. Early the next morning I showered in a reed fence cubicle behind the house and as I peered over the fence some curious kids waved back at me.
On route to the church we reported to the police station where the officer in charge also received two Bibles.
As we neared the church on foot we heard many male voices singing praise to God.
The master of ceremonies asked each pastor to introduce himself and one by one more than a hundred pastors from different areas stood up and said from which denomination they were.
It was wonderful to be able to give each pastor a Bible in their language of choice.
The conference ended in a communion service and thoroughly enriched and encouraged by each other we departed. We left with our two vehicles, but the pastors left with their bicycles or by foot.

Corrie van Aardt
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