Welcome to Team Mozambique’s first blog post! We can’t get over how fast training has gone and that we have 1 week until we fly out to Portugal. For those of you who don’t know, we are spending the first month of our time overseas in Portugal to learn the Portuguese language before flying out to Mozambique in November. We are looking forward to getting involved with the Portuguese and Mozambican culture over the next 6 months.
Wow, what can we say? Challenging, extraordinary, unbelievable and lively – training absolutely flew by! We can’t believe this part of our Action Team gap year has drawn to an end! Without a fault we all had so much fun this past month. From meeting and getting to know our team as well as fellow Action Teamer’s, living in Birmingham and exploring our new surroundings to experiencing the mysterious Min-Y-Don! We had an amazing time at our training church, getting to know the youth and also preparing and presenting our first sermon as a team! We’ve grown together so much as a team and learnt so much about living away from home, going overseas to serve God, how to teach English as a foreign language as well as being pushed to our limits and far beyond out of our comfort zones. However, this month of training was so beneficial to us individually as well as a team. We’ve bonded as a team and also most importantly, made sure God is at the centre of our team.
Meeting the team…
Hey! I’m Joel. I’m 18 and I’m from High Wycombe. I’m a keen photographer hoping to make something of it and use it to travel the world one day. I’m still uncertain of what I’m doing next year, but I’m open to God’s plan and seeing what he has planned for me. The idea of travel and mission has always been close to my heart and I’m so excited to experience the culture and life in Mozambique. I’ve had such an amazing time already at training living with 25 of the most amazing people and seeing myself develop and prepare for going overseas. It will be an amazing 6 months living with George, Emily and Elana.
Helo, Emily dw i! Hi, I’m Emily and I’m from Swansea, Wales (hence the Welsh introduction sentence!!) I’m 18 years old and fun fact, the oldest of the team! I’ve grown up in a Christian home all my life and I’ve always attended church. The idea of a mission gap year has been on my heart since I was around 12 where I heard about it at a Christian Festival – Soul Survivor. I have a passion for being creative and textiles is the area I focus on the most. It’s been my favourite subject since the start of secondary school and I’d love to be able to use it as a way to help those in need in the future. I am so excited to get involved with the Mozambican culture and I can’t wait to see the way different cultures worship our amazing God. I’ve really enjoyed training, getting to bond with my team and also stepping out of my comfort zone doing things I wouldn’t normally do. I’m so excited to see what God has planned for my team and I over the next 6 months of being overseas.
Olá! I’m George, I am 18 and have just finished my A-Levels. I live in Hockley, Essex and I’m so excited to live in Mozambique and see how God is working in other parts of the world! My passion for serving overseas is relatively new after hearing amazing stories about their experiences serving abroad! I love playing the guitar and to run although I don’t think it would be that good of an idea to run in high 30c degree heat! If there is one thing I’m apprehensive about it’s the language learning, but I’m trusting God that it’ll come to me… Eventually!
Hi, I’m Elana, I’m 18 years old and I live in Ipswich. I love my photography so a trip to Africa is going to be an amazing opportunity to capture some good photos! I have wanted to do a gap year with BMS for 3 years and now it’s finally a reality! As soon as I heard I was going to Mozambique it just felt right and I’m so excited to experience the different culture out there. The thing I’m most nervous about at the moment is spending Christmas away from home, we’ve always done Christmas the same every year and it’s also been very cold so it’s going to be different when I’m sweating instead! It’s also going to be a challenge being away from home for so long. I am planning to go onto doing children’s and youth work at my church, after this year, so whatever happens will be a good story to share.
The Next Steps…
Team Mozambique will be heading to Portugal on October 7th and will then be flying straight to Maputo, Mozambique on November 6th. The reason we are going to Portugal first is due to elections going on in Mozambique mid October. Prayers for a safe journey to Portugal and a safe journey to Mozambique will be much appreciated. Also, prayers that the elections going on mid October in Mozambique will run smoothly will also be appreciated.
We will keep you all updated with blog posts throughout our time overseas. All prayer, support and encouragement is such a blessing to us all.
- Pray that we will stay focussed while serving God overseas.
- Pray that we can confidently encourage others.
- Pray for our safety throughout the year.
- Pray for strong and developing relationships with each other and God.
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”