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.
From Liz and Sergio
We had the privilege of hosting a team of seven people from the Bristol Baptist College for two weeks. For them, Mozambique wasn't a destination for a relaxing holiday, but the opposite, a very short time to get to know what life is like in Mozambique for the locals, the missionaries, and it was a time for them to serve God through a number of different activities.
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 four 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.
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 chldren encounter every day.
She holds well attended classes to show that children are God's gift to be treasured
That Liz was able to spend some time with some of the women from our Church on Women's Day.
For the team staying at our house from Bristol Baptist College, 6 of them training to be Baptist Ministers and their leader, a Baptist minister, who teachers at the college. It was great to have them here and they had a packed programme with lots to do.
Thanks for opportunities:
The visiting team from Bristol Spoke at the Christian Lawyers
Took part in a classes and services at the Bible Institutes
Prayer Points for May:
Liz’s work with child protection. Liz has done lots of training with the PEPE teachers but there are still many changes that need to be made, which has resulted in doing training with individual PEPEs. Please pray for a greater understanding on the effects of good and bad practice on children, and that each person will strive to do their best for the God that we all serve.
Joshua as he turns 2 on 14th May.
Sergio’s work with the Convention. There are some issues to deal with relating to the work. Please pray that they will soon be sorted out so that Sergio and the Pastor can carry out the work that God has called them to do.
Women of Mozambique. On 7th April, it’s Mozambican women’s day. It should be a day in which women here are celebrated by men and all those around them, but it seems the men either are jealous when women are celebrated or worry about what the women will get up to on this day. Pray for equality in this country and that women are treated with value and dignity.