We rang in the 2017 New Year happily sleeping in our beds, despite the fireworks going off around the neighborhood. Then 7 hours into the New Year, through the grace of God Matt gave his first sermon in Portuguese!!! Yes, sweet friends and family, we have been here for 2.5 months and Matt already gave his first sermon!!! That’s the grace of God for ya! And that right there is an answer to all your faithful prayers.
We both giggled that Matt’s sermon was filled with vocabulary equivalent to a six or seven year old, but a lot can sure be communicated through the Word and a heart of awe and love for our Father. =) But in all honesty, he really did a great job and encouraged many dear brothers and sisters here. Matt’s conversant even translated Matt’s Portuguese sermon into a local lingo, Chuabo (pronounced “Shwah-bo”).
I also got an opportunity to sing with two of our conversants in the church service. We enjoyed a blend of Portuguese and English in the song “Break Every Chain” by Jesus Culture.
I can’t wait to see what else the New Year brings here in Mozambique!
May His Name continue to be exalted through all the earth!
Happy New Year, Everyone!