What’s it Like Living With Us?

Now that we are settled into our supervisors’ house, we thought you might like to know a bit more about them and their family. So here are their answers to some questions we asked them on the spot:

What do you do here in Mozambique?

Liz – I support the national co-ordinator of PEPE (a pre-school programme run by churches). My main area is in child protection so I teach staff about children’s rights. I am also currently a play therapy student and I practice at Rei dos Reis.

Sergio – I train pastors and Mozambican missionaries. I am also the chaplain at Rei dos Reis school and I preach at our church.

Chloe – School and nothing else.

What’s your favourite thing about living in Mozambique?

Liz – Having a purpose to help people, especially children.

Sergio – People are very happy and I enjoy having a good Brazilian community who always help each other.

Chloe – This house because it has a nice garden.

What has God taught you whilst living in Mozambique?

Liz – God has taught me to get alongside people and to be more patient. I think it’s really important to make the most of the time I have here to help people so that there is nothing I wish I had done after leaving.

Sergio – God has taught me to think in a collective way rather than an individual way. I particularly like this African proverb because it emphasises this: ‘If you want to go faster, go alone. But if you want to go further, go together.’

Chloe – To be good to my brother when he’s not feeling well.

What is your favourite thing about living with us four?

Liz – You cook a few days of the week which gives me a break.

Sergio – I don’t have one. (But I appreciated you babysitting for a night.)

Chloe – Playing games with Alex.

What is your least favourite thing about living with us four?

Liz – Having to be consciously quiet in the mornings.

Sergio – Just living with you in general – especially with Alex.

Chloe – That I don’t get to share bedrooms with you.

What’s been your favourite meal that we’ve cooked?

Liz – Rebekah and Alex’s quiche (with more salt next time) or Jack and Alex’s spaghetti bolognese.

Sergio – Still waiting…that’s my prayer everyday!

Chloe – Jack and Alex’s spaghetti bolognese.

What’s your favourite game?

Liz – Catan or any word game.

Sergio – I don’t like games but if I had to then Monopoly.

Chloe – UNO

Joshua – Squishing ants

What’s your favourite flavour of ice-cream?

Liz – Chocolate

Sergio – Haagen-Dazs cheesecake

Chloe – Strawberry, chocolate and caramel (Why choose one when you can have three!)

Joshua – Caramel


  • We feel a lot more settled in this house
  • Some of us felt we were able to understand more of the sermon in Portuguese.
  • Our relationships with God have been growing through doing personal daily devotions.


  • We are starting a new club on Tuesday and Friday afternoons so please pray that the children will engage in and enjoy the activities.
  • Our schedule is currently changing so we’d appreciate prayer for discernment for the right projects to get involved in.
  • As we countdown to Christmas please pray that we will enjoy celebrating Jesus’ birth in a new culture.

P.S. Jack wants to feel loved and wanted you to know that his favourite moment this week was playing football in the pouring rain at a boys’ orphanage.

15 replies
  1. Peter Benton says:

    Lovely to hear about Sergio, Liz and family (I hope Sergio discovers his favourite meal some day!) and encouraging to hear that Jack’s developing a love of football in the rain (we’ve been doing that in Scotland for decades, so he will be right at home here).

    • Andrew says:

      Yeah! Jack’s never been to Scotland before, although he’s made plenty of comments about how much worse it is than England!

  2. Scott Vere says:

    I also really enjoyed finding out more about Liz, Sergio, Cloe and Joshua. I raised my eyebrows when reading how much Liz enjoying the spaghetti bolognaise though. Alex, since you’ve complained about my spaghetti bolognaise for years now, it would be of great interest to read how yours and Jack’s differs so much!

    • Alex says:

      I can’t say if I liked or didn’t like your spaghetti bolognaise, but I can say that I did like your spaghetti bologNESE! Ours was just super tasty!!

  3. Deanne says:

    Glad to know you’ve settled in the new house and Jack has mastered some culinary skills!
    Love from all the Hoopers in Essex, we miss you!

  4. Nana Lesley says:

    Great to hear your news and that you have settled in to the new house. Also lovely to see photos of your hosts. Have you given them rock cakes yet Jack? Hope you enjoy your Christmas in warm weather, we’ll certainly miss you here. Love Nana & Grandad xx

  5. Keith says:

    So you have moved house Jack, did the frog and gecko follow you?
    Do we get the chance to sample your cooking skills when you return?
    My very best wishes.

    • Jack says:

      They did! In fact last night we had around 6 frogs in the lounge because it had been raining! I’m sure there will be 🙂

  6. Tallulah says:

    Sergio sounds like an absolute ledge! Alex definitely needs to cook for everyone back at IMC if her cooking is as good as it sounds…

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