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  • April

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    Dear Reader,

    As Easter is close, we would like to send blessings at this important time, with our latest news included. We are in Mozambique at the moment spending Passover with the children and the students from the bible school. We are excited to have so many
    students, over five hundred in seven different places! We were reminded of the year of prayer and fasting in 2004-2005, when we stopped all programs and focused on seeking God. Many testimonies came forth  out of this but the greatest testimony is the bible school. At the time we held prayer meetings where many youngsters came to us from the surrounding area and soon we felt the need to do more. The bible school was born with only 6 full time students and every year since increasing numbers of students and pastors joined. Now a team of eight teachers are working full time and by the end of each year we have a graduation in which hundreds of people from all over the country participate! Over time, the course has grown into four years; year one is a general year, followed by study of the new testament and then two years’ study of the old testament. Seeds are sown continuously and the course continues to bear much fruit.

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    Mosaic is our organisation for Mozambique which supports the children’s center, the primary school, the bible school and the center for the handicapped. It supports over a thousand people a week so a big community is touched, practically and spiritually. We are in need of more funds to keep this work going, please stand with us in prayer and if you can give, know that it is invested in the grass-roots!

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     In South Africa we have worked with Sukuma, teaching a six-week course, discipleship and agriculture in the township of Maubane. A garden for each household, so that people will always have food to spare, which they sell for some income. A great project which we would like in every township… (photo above) Secondly we are looking after the handicapped people, the most rejected, helping them with wheelchairs but we would like to build a daycare center to have them occupied in projects to give them purpose in life.

    Next month, after we leave Mozambique we will visit the States, to see Farai who has
    enrolled in Minnesota University and of course, visit our dear friends there. In June, we will be in England spending time with Sarah’s mum and by the end of the month we will be in Holland for Kees’ mum’s eightieth birthday.

    Later in the year, we hope to be back in Mozambique to help and to participate in the
    graduation. The years fly by and on our minds is always ”to use our lives being generous towards God” and ”to finish well”. We would like the days, months and years to come, to be used for His Kingdom as He gave His life for us. That is the message of Easter, the Good News, and when the day comes, when we move over in Glory to be with Him that He will welcome us and say ”Well done, my faithful servant”.

    Have a wonderful Easter, much love, Kees and Sarah

     

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  • December

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    Dear Reader,

    Psalm 65v11 says ”You crown the year with your goodness and paths drip with abundance”!

    In December, we look back over the year and every year is different. Good and bad has happened, but we praise the Lord for His goodness. This year has been a very different year for us. After 21 years in the field, we have spent most of the time outside Mozambique. We haven’t left for good and all the work has continued. In January, we hope to debrief the teams and set up the year as the Gospel must go forth in Mozambique! Matthew 25 is as important as Matthew 28… Looking after the poor and needy like we do in the project for the handicapped, looking after orphans in the Boys’ Center and visiting the prison on a weekly basis has all continued.(below a picture of a visit to the clinic of the prison which was opened 2016)

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    Then teaching the Word of God in the Bible School and in the Primary School and women’s group cannot stop either. So as we look back over the year, we are excited that all the work continued without us being physically present. It has been a test and we believe the teams have passed the test!

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    This week, the Primary School had their final ceremony to pray for the seventh graders who move on to a Secondary School. They received their certificate and a Bible, which is the Manual for life to lead them into their God prepared destiny(Jeremiah 29:11). Some weeks before, we had the graduation of the Bible school with 172 graduates and 7 honors given out in a big celebration. The teams worked hard to get to this day and prepared a ceremony with a lunch for all! (see picture at top and below)

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    At the center for the handicapped, different groups have a variety of workshops. Last month, they had the day for the blind (see below). The blind people make grass mats which is an item every Mozambican household uses and they sell these mats to make a small income for themselves. However, on the special day for the blind, they received teaching, a lunch and a present: a bucket full of goodies to take home. This month, the third of December we celebrated the International Day of the Handicapped, which is a day to focus and uplift handicapped people. Goverment is invited to see the work they do at the center and they share a lunch together.

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    At the Boy’s center the children’s holidays have begun and they are preparing a week of Christmas celebrations: games, competitions, presents and food. But also a reality check, did they pass their class and how to continue next year? Guido and JacquelineValkenburg, with a team of four ladies are in charge and preparing the different activities. Most of our 21 years we were involved in organising Christmas and New Year, as we love this season: remembering the entry of our Saviour, the Son of God into the World!

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    We, ourselves, have been busy traveling and visiting family and friends even in Jerusalem! We were present at the feast of Taberancles, a celebration in the Judean desert together with 5000 people from all over the world, remembering God’s covenant given as a rock for us to build our lives on. The Israelites sit and eat in a tabernacle, a tent which is fragile and roofless, through which the stars shine reminding His people that He is Faithful.

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    Back in South-Africa we have been involved with a new organisation ”Sukuma” which means ”Rise up”, trying to give self-sustaining help to a people in townships who have less than a dollar/day to live on. Above is the picture of the gardens: communal and individual because every household now grows their own greens for their daily use. We do discipleship plus teaching on how to make a garden. It has been an amazing year, seeing the benefit of this simple project, growing your own food! (see above)

    This Christmas, we will be together as a family for the first time! Farai and Reuben will be coming to South-Africa before they fly out to their destinations. Farai will be studying graphic design in the States for four years and Reuben will continue at the Technical College in Farnborough in the UK.

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    We would like to say thank you for your amazing support for all the projects and be aware all the work goes on even if we are not in Mozambique at the moment. (If you would like a financial report of the year send us an email). Above all, at the end of this year, we bring Glory to God as He has a work prepared in advance, His Kingdom come, on earth as He designated in heaven.

    Have a wonderful Christmas and be blessed in this New Year 2018

     

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  • September

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    Dear reader,

    Time flies by so fast and while we have travelled the world to see and meet friends, the ministry in Mozambique has continued. It has been a test to see how they would cope without us being there but with regular contact the teams are succeeding! Herewith a report on what has happened in the work in Mozambique and what is happening with us.

    It is exciting to see that the work in Mozambique just continues without us! Thanks to the Dutch couple, Jacque and Guido Valkenburg and the wonderful team of local women, the boys are looked after. One of the older boys, Jose got married and his life is a real testimony: He came to the mission as a little boy with little hope but worked hard and grew up in a wonderful young man who now is a teacher.(see picture below)

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    Secondly, the Primary School team are doing their utmost to teach the kids from the mission and from the surrounding areas,  below a picture of children’s day at the Primary School.

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    The Bible School works hard in teaching leaders the Word of God and discipling the young people (see students of this year above). The team works in five different areas and takes the discipeship school on outreach to places in Mozambique where very few foreign missionaries go. At the center for the Handicapped all the different projects continue, included the school for the deaf. They have had several conferences with one special conference for the deaf with our visiting Australian missionaries, teaching and ministering.

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    It is exciting to see that the work in Mozambique continues without us….After we started our sabbatical in February 2017, we came to South Africa. There we were able to rest and slowly, we started to see what was going on in the Townships around us and soon we became involved in three areas: discipleship, agriculture and the handicapped people. Discipleship of young people is needed wherever you go, helping youngsters to get into the plan and purpose of God. Secondly, how to fight poverty: having your own garden can help provide food on a daily basis. Teaching people gardening and helping them with the seeds can make a real difference to a household.A third focus is reaching out to a group who cannot help themselves: the handicapped.

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    Plans have been made and through the months in South-Africa we worked together with a group called Sukuma, which means ‘Arise’, trying to make a difference to those who are pysically challenged. (see picture above)

    As our sabatical continued, we left South-Africa for Europe, visiting friends and family in the UK and Holland. It was wonderful to be able to attend a wedding in York of one of our nephews and to stay with friends in Leeds, to visit museums in London and to be with Mum who had her 91st birthday in Southampton. During the month of August, we house-sat in the Hague and spent a happy month making art again! Meanwhile, Farai left for the States. In September we returned to the UK, settling Reuben into Technical College in Farnborough as he starts a course in general Engineering. As the icing on the cake, we will be part of the Feast of Tabernacles this October in Jerusalem and meet friends we haven’t seen for more than a decade… (see picture below)

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    We rejoice in the fact that God is faithful, working all things for the good. By the end of this year we hope to be re-united as a family in South Africa to celebrate Christmas. From there, we will step into the New Year with many options on the table…we treasure your prayers for us. (picture below  a babyboy born, our latest grandchild named after Kees, Cornelio…which is Kees’ official name)

    Many Blessings, Kees and Sarah

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  • December

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    Dear reader,

    It was the best of times and the worst of times…2016 has been a year of bumper crop harvest for us as a ministry! In many ways, it has also been an intense year, full of stress-inducing pressure.

    First the ‘harvest’; more people, and on a deeper level, have been helped in their faith through the work of Mosaic. We are seeing the Word of God and practical Christianity being rooted and established in our beloved Maforga community as well as in a variety of locations further afield, in Nharashongwe, Gorongosa and Mudaserracao, with much of the work being achieved by local evangelists and students. Next year we have been invited to start discipleship schools in Chimoio and Nhamatanda as well! (Below a picture of the Graduation of the Bible School)

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    The Maforga Christian Primary School continues to flourish and improve this year, with both continuous structural renovations and more importantly academic standards rising, and this against a back drop of nationwide closures of schools due to economic and political pressures. Jesus is alive!

    Some years ago we had a prisoner die while we were in the prison for ministry! We decided something had to be done so we made an agreement with government, they would provide nurses, we would build a clinic/sickbay for prisoners to be treated. The official opening was in October with government officials present and a lunch which included all the prisoners. Matthew25v35/36:”I was in prison and you visited me, I was sick and you looked after me” (picture below)

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    The year has been rounded off with one graduation and end-of-year celebration after another; the Bible school on the 12th of November with over 150 students graduating, the women’s group on the 16th (see picture below) and the day of the handicapped on the 3rd of December and the 7th grade graduation still to come. Most of which we had the privilege to organize, host and finance! We give thanks to God for our strength being sufficient and to our precious partners who pray and/or give! We love you!

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    Regarding the intensity of times; the pressures are greater than ever before…political tensions are high, with many more thousands having lost their lives as a direct result this year alone. Hundreds of schools have had to close. Economic collapse looms on the horizon, the Government has announced that as of January next year they won’t be able to pay civil servants. Already various sectors haven’t been paid for a couple of months and there are shortages of all medicines in the hospitals. Climate change seems to be a reality as the rainy season this year has been only 3 days. Another fact is the continued stripping of rain forests. Whatever the cause of the drought in our region of the world, hunger is a daily experience for the average man, woman and child in rural Mozambique. Fasting is not a choice…I have a growing crowd appearing for my breakfast prayer meeting. Unlike the Western world, nobody asks ‘why do I need God?’ We begin with “Baba wedu…zita Renyu ngarikudzwe,” – “Our Father…hallowed is Your name”. “Give us this day our daily bread…” a good prayer! Only God can send the rain and heal our land…2 Chronicles 7:14 as we choose to DO what He asks. Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!

    Our time in South Africa is drawing to a close, we have our daughter back for ‘good’, pure bliss! Our thoughts are turning towards the work of Christmas for the children of Maforga. Those of you who have taken part in the past know what a great time that will be. Food, fun and a drama to focus on the greatest gift of all, God’s beloved only-begotten Son, Yeshua!

    Happy Christmas and we wish you all His blessings for the New Year,

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  • August

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    Dear Readers,

    With love for you in our hearts we write from a warm Mozambique. Life seems to fly by, year in, year out. Many times the needs of people we live among threaten to overwhelm us. We try to make a difference on the levels that we have access to; the people God has given us like the boys at our centre, people in our community, the widows, handicapped and the prisoners…

    They often just need a little hope to continue on in their walk. We can offer that partly because of your help. It starts in the morning at Sarah’s breakfast club, bringing the poorest of the poor together for some food and prayer to come through the day. Or last week we painted the prison clinic, we’ve just built and the prison complex; prisoners were allowed to come outside to help the students from the Bible school! It was a glorious day of joy and laughter and I believe God used it to build relationships and give them hope in the possibility of a better future.

    At the same time, another team from the Bible school was at the Center for the Handicapped and transformed the building inside and out with a fresh coat of paint, ready for the up-coming conference for the deaf. I believe God loves making His children smile and here it doesn’t take much! Life is hard for Mozambicans; due to drought there is little locally grown food and shop prices are rising. The battle between the political parties doesn’t seem to stop which is affecting the economy. We help out as much as we can especially among the most vulnerable.

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    But spiritual help is even more important and this aspect is growing fast. The Bible school has an experienced leadership team who minister in various places. This weekend they go into the war zone of Gorongosa to meet with all the pastors and ”spoil” them a little with spiritual and physical food, those believers are suffering and need encouragement not to give up!

    The disciple school is fully engaged in outreach in areas where not many people come. They visit every household, organize meetings to teach and to pray and to have fellowship. The results are wonderful: people are saved, brought into the Kingdom and give great testimonies, which results in many others joining our schools. We have over 200 students at the moment and we held a baptism ceremony  in which 23 students were baptized, as always a special moment!

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    Another development has been the creation of a second year for the school. We have a group of just over 20 students who study the New Testament books in depth. The goal is to understand the why, the how and the who and to whom the books were written. Section by section is studied and analyzed until they build an overview of each book. It’s wonderful to see young Mozambicans engaged in the Word of God and getting revelation. The Word is alive and like a double-edged sword that works on the inside of us when we receive it. Every meeting has fresh testimonies of God working in their lives! To see this gives us joy and deep satisfaction!

    Our time in Europe was a blessing, with the highlight being Sarah’s Mum’s ninetieth birthday weekend with the family at Centre Parks, Longleat. It was also great to see our family and friends in Holland, though it felt so short and time races by…

    Now the final stretch of the year is before us with busy months of conferences, seminars and with the big graduation ceremony rounding off 2016. Pray for us for strength to continue, protection from the enemy and a daily filling of the Holy Spirit to make a eternal difference.

    Thank you all for your prayer and support, together we can do so much more,                                                                                                                                 Blessings and love, Kees and Sarah

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    -June update:

  1. HI Kees and Sarah,
    As I read and looked at all the pics I could not hold back the tears of joy and longing to go back to Moz. It has never left me and one of my prayers has been that God allow me to show my children-that God has a world out there that needs us to change it and be life to others. Kees you would get on with my husband, Simon
    so well. He is artsy and crazy for God and fun just like you Kees and has such a child-like heart but is is warrior man of God as you. I miss you Sarah. You have always been amazing to me in every way as a woman in God.
    I already begin asking God to take us to Moz even if it is for just 2-3 weeks.
    You have been used to stir that in a mighty way. I know it will come to pass. How are you? How may I donate to you? I am blessed by you both and your children are beautiful. Simon Peter and I ( that is my husband’s name) have 3 little boys. Bejamin Judah who will be 8 1 month, Joseph Boaz, who just turned 6 and Micah Asher, he will be four at the end of August. How old are your children?
    Hope to hear from you when you get a chance.
    Will be praying for you.
    Many Blessings,
    Much love and admiration,
    Christianna

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