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
Sergio and Chloe helping to deliver aid to the local community
From their September letter
This month we attended the annual PEPE National Conference, where all those that serve in the PEPE preschools run by Churches in
Mozambique can come together to learn, give support and encourage, and worship God. The expectation was that 100 people would attend and in the end around 130 people were part of this special week, travelling from the North and South of Mozambique to our home city of Beira.
Liz had the opportunity to speak about child protection using the verses of love in 1 Corinthians 13 to demonstrate that when we love we protect, so if we don't protect we aren't showing love to those around us. Actions speak louder than words and that love needs to be shown in the way each person looks after the children in their care.
Liz also spoke on nutrition and stated the facts on the maximum amounts of oil, salt and sugar we should consume daily. They were asked how much oil they consume in one month and the majority said 5 litres. So when I told them they should be using just 1/2 litre a month, there were gasps around the room. Also showing them the amount of sugar in a can of coke shocked them. Hopefully they will take this on board and make some changes in their own households as well as in the food they provide at PEPE.
We were privileged to host Terezinha, who is the Brazilian missionary that helped to start PEPE in Mozambique 18 years ago, as well as Sheila, who was able to show her experience and expertise with everyone there. In this photo, she was telling the story of Cinderella with a Christian message and used a special dress to tell the story. Many were moved by hearing the story because no one had ever told them a story like that before. At the end of the week, we had a celebration service, which included the graduation of some PEPE teachers.
Pictures from the PEPE training and graduation
Prayer Points for September:
Thanks for all your support.
Liz, Sergio, Chloe and Joshua
That Liz and Sergio will continued to be blessed with the strength and energy to minister to the local community.
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.