Gordon and Elaine Brown reflect on another sabbatical week in Maputo
Things hotting up, no not weather, but activities. Weather reached peak of 38 degrees Saturday, only to be broken by a cracker of a storm. Fortunately we returned to hotel just as first large drops were falling as there was then three hours of torrential rain, thunder & lightning which cooled things for Sunday when we were off to worship in Liberdade, a town around 15km from Maputo, after our 7am English service locally.
So to our activities. English classes making progress. Walking around the compound gives opportunities for brief conversations, greetings and questions. We give the occasional ‘lesson’ in local cake shop. As Theological School for lay people opened new session this week, the compound is being spruced up and the grass cut. We are guest speakers, sharing our pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Mt Sinai and the seven churches of Asia. Students very keen to learn more of their faith and the bible so to increase their confidence in helping to lead their churches. Classes run every evening after work, 5:30-7:30.
Schools open too, bright new yellow buses increasing traffic on roads. We’ve had to negotiate some very haphazard parking as we wandered around visiting museums, parks and Post Office.
We also had a very interesting meeting with members of the Bible Society office and saw their depot and shop, and this weekend we’re off to Xai-Xai. We will worship with two local congregations there and have the invitation to preach.
Afterwards hoping to get to the beach!