I pray that this brief report shall find you strong and full of the love and grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
We were destined to return to Moamba (not Mumbai) on the 30th of November to 2nd of December for water baptism of the new converts. Later on a decision was made that it was imperative to resume our lessons for the new converts about “water baptism” since some won’t be available in the early hours of Saturday. The lessons started on the 27 November to 2 December 2018. Tuesday to Friday we continued with the lessons from 17:00 – 19:30pm. We gave them an opportunity to ask questions about what they feel they don’t understand. Indeed there was interaction between the team and the converts, which is healthy.
Two local pastors brought their converts for the lessons since they weren’t baptized. We ended up baptizing a group of 375. It wasn’t difficult though, since we were three pastors baptizing the people. That in itself has created a sort of working relationship with them. I adore their spirit and their humility. They have made me to love Mozambique for the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was discussing with them that we need to look at SADAC as our mission field and never to consider only places near to us. We must identify open doors and march in and possess the places for Jesus Christ. My going to Mozambique has widened my vision and thinking pattern.
Saturday 12pm we went to a small dam (should I say a pond) with very dirty water and conducted water baptism. Since the water wasn’t deep they had to kneel inside the pond to be baptized. Sure, it was hard work and the sun was killing us. Temperatures in Mozambique are higher than where I live. It can get as high as 49°C and mosquitoes are everywhere.
What I’ve learned from the Mozambicans is that they take water baptism very seriously. Parents, spouses, grandparents and relatives come to witness the day. As if that wasn’t enough, they cook a meal and invite neighbours to rejoice in the event together. It was quite an experience for me. We were taken to a room where we found so much food (all kinds of meat, beef-chicken-fish, cool drinks). Man, we ate until we could not take anything in anymore!
On Sunday it was a normal main service that started 10am to 13:30pm. I left Moamba around 16:30 and arrived home 19:15pm. There is already a flow of people going to Mozambique, I guess for holidays and also some coming to South Africa. You find yourself spending 3 hours in lines waiting for your passport to be stamped. In Eswatini (Swaziland) there’s no such thing.
One of the pastors present was taking pictures with his phone. I requested him to send some good ones to me. You can see some of them below.
For now SHALOM… God bless you all.
Yours in His service,