We were all closely monitoring the airport website for 24 hours before we were due to fly because we were travelling Air France to Paris and French air traffic controllers were on strike. 40% of flights were being cancelled! We were spared the hassle of rearranging everything though, when they decided it was our flight that could go ahead! We landed in Mozambique 26 hours later, were met by Ernesto and Carlos and taken to Khovo – the church headquarters – for a welcome and planning meeting and tea and biscuits.
Helen was taken by Pastor Reynaldo, the new Synod Administrator, to a finance meeting at his church (Laulane) where she learned a lot about how the local church manages its affairs. From there she was invited to a wedding he was conducting – the singing and dancing were amazing!
John visited the Parish of Polana where they are extending their building. He spent the afternoon with a group of young people from Switzerland (there is a long-standing relationship with the Swiss Church) who were learning from the African church how to build up the numbers of their youth. Perhaps we could learn something too.
Meg and Lis visited the Church Meeting at Khovo and gave greetings and then joined in with the Church Army of God, aka Sunday School on a Saturday! After drill, which included a hygiene inspection of hands, nails and clothes the 70 children practised singing for a competition which will take place next Sunday between several parishes across the south of Mozambique. Amos, a church member at Khovo who had acted as our interpreter, then took us for a drive along the very beautiful coast to the fish market where we had lunch with his daughter Etelvina. Mozambique is famous for its prawns and fish – and the reputation is well deserved.
A good start to the visit!