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.