Meet the Mozambique Team!

The Mozambique Action Team have officially survived their first 2 weeks of training – including an intense 4 days in the Welsh countryside filled with everything from hiking up the hills surrounding the Cadair Mountain Range to touching bare feet whilst blind-folded (don’t ask). Whilst our time here so far has flown by, it has been filled with cultural sessions, bible studies, team prayers and even street evangelism!
Before we get any further however, let us introduce ourselves.

Hi, I’m Ellie from Bedford. I am 18 years old, and I love ballet, music and sleeping (a lot.) I have just finished my A levels and I’m looking forward to the year ahead and all the different and new experiences!

Hello – I’m Iain from a small village in the north of Scotland called Drumnadrochit, on the banks of Loch Ness. I really enjoy playing sport, especially football, and being creative. I recently just finished my sixth year at high school and I am really looking forward to how God will use me and help me grow through this time serving him in Mozambique!

Hello there! My name is Rhiannon and I am also from the north east of Scotland – a little town called Lossiemouth (known for it’s beautiful beaches which my team regularly hear about!) I’m 17 years old, and passionate about music and sharing God’s love. Over the next year I’m really looking forward to how God is going to use us as a team and I can’t wait to see the beach at Beira!

Life at IMC has been filled with lots of great company and friendships, and lots of cups of tea which has proved to be a fundamental bonding point! The lively atmosphere and the business keeps us on our toes and excited for what’s coming next, but also really makes us value the quiet times we spend praying on our own or in teams where we can rest in God’s presence and be refuelled for the days that lie ahead.

One of the first team bonding exercises actually turned out to be our first answered team prayer, so team Mozambique headed off to Cadbury World Café (with a very excited Rhiannon) after praying about it that morning in team prayer time. Lots of chocolate was consumed and we are now slowly but surely making our way through a box of 60 fudges which should be no challenge for Iain as the rest of the team are amazed regularly by how much food he can consume. (Seriously, it’s impressive.)

We spent our first weekend at our training church New Life Baptist where we were involved in a selection of ministries they run including the Boys Brigade, Healing on The Streets and their Sunday morning prayer breakfast. We were so overwhelmed by the hospitality of the Minister David and his family, and also by how welcomed we felt by the whole church and those who we met and volunteered with. ‘Healing on The Streets’ was a first time for all three of us regarding street evangelism but we came out of it feeling so blessed and humbled by those we had met and prayed with, and the stories we heard from the volunteers who have been doing it for 10 years were just incredible! It gave us great experience and confidence in this ministry, which proved useful when we took to the busy streets of Birmingham to share God’s amazing love with those we passed.

The session led by Chris Duffet pushed us out of our comfort zones as we gave out flowers to bless people and brighten their day (yellow roses were the flower of choice.) We then split off into groups and took part in giving free hugs and chatting to those who were curious as to why we were there and we were still being encouraged by others including a man who stopped to give a bouquet of flowers to us as he really admired what we were doing! Another group took a stone to trade up for something bigger that would bless someone else, the results were a coffee, some chocolate and prayer for a lovely couple we passed. The last group did some ‘treasure hunting’ and prayed for God to lead them to someone in particular which was also very successful. It was an emotional day but full of encouragement, blessings and an overwhelming sense of God’s love and peace as he calmed any anxieties we had about going out.

Oh and how could we forget? Min Y Don. On our second week we ventured out to the welsh coast unsure of what lay ahead as it’s an action team tradition to keep everything very ‘hush hush’ so unfortunately that’s pretty much all we can say! But despite the challenges we faced we kept our team spirit high and felt so encouraged by our amazing leaders Harry and Amelia, thanks for all you taught us and the fun you brought to our team!

Prayer Points:

  • That we enjoy and continue to learn more during our last two weeks at IMC.
    That we continue to bond as a team as we prepare to head out and feel a real sense of God’s presence.
    For our time out our training church, that we can learn from them and get stuck in there.
3 replies
  1. Matthew Brown says:

    Dear Team Mozambique

    It’s Matthew Brown here from Team Peru. It’s great to read your blog and especially to see that, unlike the other two teams, you didn’t leave Dairy Milk out of your photos. It’s just a shame that it’s only the plain one. I think you were going for the size factor, Iain, and I really do appreciate that – it is huge – but sometimes you have to think about quality as well as quantity. Maybe in your next blog you could include a better chocolate? My favourites are:

    Marvellous creations (jelly and popping candy)
    Whole nut / fruit and nut (can’t decide which one I prefer but at the moment probably whole nut)

    I recently got married and one of the things I really wanted was an oreo themed wedding just so that I could be sure that everyone would really have a good time but Becky Richards my ex team mate told me that if I did that she wouldn’t come or she would come but she would do that thing she does when she doesn’t get her own way where she just stands on her head until her face goes purple and she passes out, and I thought we can’t be having a repeat of September 2015 which I’m sure you’ve heard about, I hadn’t ever punched a paramedic before and I haven’t since so to avoid something like that on the happiest day of my life I decided to not have an oreo themed wedding and I’m glad I did because it turns out I’m horribly allergic to oreos.

    Anyway what I am really interested in is your roles within the team. Even now, two years after my own Action Team, I am plagued day and night by thoughts about team roles. I was so desperate to be Spiritual Co-ordinator – it’s the main reason I decided to do the year – and then my teammate snatched it out of my hands. What was I left with? Finance co-ordinator. When I told my sister what I was during one of our legendary texting sessions, she just started to scream and scream – she told me she was screaming and then recorded a note to prove it. Even when I showed the voice note to my teammates and to Ben, they wouldn’t reconsider. And so I became the ‘finance co-ordinator’. A warped, heinous shell of the person I used to be. My friends commented that I looked haggard, that I was obsessed with money, that I couldn’t sleep, that my constant muttering of different prices was weird, why had I stopped washing myself. Even now whenever I see my sister, all she has to do is look at my signature ‘Finance Co-ordinator’ t-shirt and dollar sign chain round my neck, and she has to stuff her special scarf into her own mouth to muffle the scream.

    I’m really sorry but I have to go because I’m not supposed to revisit the whole finance co-ordinator thing but it looks like I have.

    Kind regards

    Matthew Brown
    Team Peru 2015/16
    Finance Co-ordinator

  2. Dom Jackman says:

    I hear you Matt, finance co-ordination is quite something! Just remember: don’t gamble with team money.
    Eu sou Domingos de equipa Moçambique 2015/16! Vou ler seus blogs porque Moçambique mora en meu coração para tempo todo!
    Hopefully you’ll understand that soon! I have no doubt that your time in Moz will be incredibly different from mine/ours, but I look forward to reading about you finding your own way over there! It’s an amazing place!
    I might get in touch at some point to hear all the behind the scenes, not-quite-appropriate-for-blog shenanigans!

    P.s. I can vouch for the beautiful beaches of Lossie and Drumnadrochit’s nearness to Loch Ness. Bedford is probably pretty cool too.

    • Dom Jackman says:

      P.s p.s. I’m the handsome guy proudly charging to the front of the Action Team blogs home page, JUST so you know….

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