After all the prayers, preliminary meetings, asking permission from pastors, meeting individually with those interested, available, faithful, we had our first meeting together with most (hey it's Mozambique, everyone can't make it all the time) of our leaders. (Did you read that? We have leaders!) These are the guys that will begin creating spaces on their campuses (PLURAL!!!) for God to move. These are the open doors to change the future of Mozambique. The movement has begun.
Andrea and I sat humbled as one by one the guys thanked God for being chosen to be a part of this group. "He could have chosen anyone, with better skills and talents, but he chose me to help start this movement," relayed Zecka, one of the most talented and visionary Mozambicans we have met (He's the one to my left in the super-fly striped bowling shirt).
As we discussed scripture I was taken back to the emotions of the first small group I attended in Chi Alpha, with all of the excitement and challenge of a life lived in true community, and the deep sense of opportunity that such an environment offers. The vision has been cast, hearts are burning with anticipation, and now we are following God into the unknown, towards a destination none of us have ever been.
Please pray with us as we seek to establish this true family, with its unique African (and a little American) DNA. Please pray that we walk close with Jesus every step along the way. This is not our baby; it's God's.
(Sorry for the birth references but, Andrea is pregnant with our first.)