BMS Link Missionary
The church regularly supports the BMS (Baptist Missionary Society) financially through its monthly offerings. The BMS has linked the church to Liz and Sergio Vilela who are in Mozambique with their children. This is so that we can support their work and family in prayer. Some in the church will correspond with them so that they are kept in touch with life back in the UK. They have 2 children, a daughter Chloe and a son Joshua.
"...I have come that they might have life, and have it in abundance” (John 10:10)
Taken from the BMS website: http://www.bmsworldmission.org
Liz and Sergio are serving in Beira, Mozambique. They are working alongside the Mozambican Baptist Convention helping to build capacity in youth ministry and community projects.
Liz and Sergio met in Brazil when she volunteered with YWAM during her university holidays. Sergio was already working as a mission worker with them. After marrying in 2007 they continued to work in Brazil for another year and then both felt called by God to do some Christian work in England. As a result they have spent three years as youth pastors at Saffron Walden Baptist Church, which is now their sending church.
Liz and Sergio knew moving to England would not be long term as they had always felt a call to mission overseas. So when their time at the church ended in 2011, they felt it was right to seek opportunities to work with BMS.
After training they went to Mozambique in 2013 where they work with the local Mozambican church. Sergio encourages and supports pastors and church leaders throughout Mozambique. He also works in the Igreja Baptista do Aeroporto (Airport Baptist Church Beira).
Give thanks that after five years in Mozambique, they now feel settled in the new culture and that their ministries are progressing well.
The Mozambique Baptist Convention has many local Pastors and Missionaries who have NEVER had any formal theological training!
After Sergio's first successful training course they want more.
He is now engaged in providing six separate weeks of training over two years and he will have to visit churches all over the country.
Liz uses her skills through PEPE (a pre-school education programme) to train and develop pre-school educators and community workers across Mozambique. She has just returned from Play Therapy training in France
Liz teaching a new dance and song to a group.
Liz is very concerned that the PEPE parents and teachers have little appreciation of the dangers that children encounter every day.
She holds well attended classes to show that children are God's gift to be treasured
Liz and Sergio write
May has been a busy time for us. We hope that you are all doing well and looking forward to the Summer months!
In May we celebrated Joshua’s 3rd birthday. He has lots of energy, talks a lot, and is a happy boy. As he grows and develops, the relationship between Chloe and Joshua is growing and they are able to engage in more involved play together which is lovely to watch. Liz has started working with Joao Paulo, introducing him to child protection and PEPE and so far he is working hard and showing enthusiasm so hopefully that will continue through the rest of the year. Sergio visited Buzi, one of the places that was most affected by the flooding of the river banks during the cyclone. We will write more about that on the blog soon. We had a number of visitors to our home, including an expected visit of a team of 7 Brazilians who came to offer support to PEPE. It is always a blessing to receive teams and we are thankful for all they did in the 10 days they were here.
Sergio and Chloe helping to deliver aid to the local community
From their July letter
June has come and gone, and as I’m sure you all know, time flies, which is why we have to try and make the most of every single day.
We have been busy with visitors from Brazil, studying, writing proposals, therapeutic work, meeting, etc. and celebrating Liz’s birthday. We also found out last month that the Millers aren’t returning to Mozambique to live, due to unforeseen circumstances, particularly health issues. It is a shame to say goodbye to our team members but we know that God has something else in store for them now and we wish them all the best.
Prayer Points for July:
Thanks for all your support.
Liz, Sergio, Chloe and Joshua
For Liz as she travels to France on 17th July to do the Play Therapy Diploma intensive course for 2 weeks, and Sergio and the family as they stay at home.
For the CBM Baptist Assembly at the end of July – for unity and a vision to move forward in mission.
That Sergio will be able to start the project to help rebuild some PEPEs affected by the cyclone.
For Annet, Damien, Patience and Conrad Miller, for direction in what God wants them to do next, and for good health.