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.
Taken on their visit to the church on the 8th December 2019
"...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 seven 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 children encounter every day.
She holds well attended classes to show that children are God's gift to be treasured
From their November letter:
We are happy to be able to email you at this time. We know that in the UK it is still not easy, battling Covid-19 and dealing with lockdown. So far here it seems that the virus isn't hitting us as hard, whether that's due to the weather or there are so many other illnesses that people have to tackle here, Covid-19 isn't much different to anything else. The older school years are back and we are hoping that all school years will be back to school as normal next year and the rules for Churches will be a little more relaxed. Churches here like to have new year's celebrations but unfortunately they are not allowed this year so we are adjusting to this.
Over the last few months, through the BMS appeal Liz was able to continue supporting PEPE teachers with a small financial gift and workbooks for PEPE children for 5 months. Sergio was able to help give out basic food kits to 500 people in need and next month the aim is to give out another 500 to others, which will really help them especially at Christmas time when prices can go up. Sergio also visited a place called Dombe where BMS plan to construct a mill to help the community, after the destruction from the cyclone. Due to Covid-19, this took a set back but next year it will go ahead.
Liz has finished her clinical hours for the diploma course in play therapy that she is doing. She had two case studies to finish and she can hand in her portfolio. She has also been training the PEPE coordinators in safeguarding, which has been really positive.
God bless you all and protect you. Thank you for your prayers, emails and thoughts of us.
Sergio, Liz, Chloe and Joshua
Prayer Points for November:
for the health of our family and also our BMS team
for protection as we travel for a much needed holiday on Monday for two weeks
for peace in the North of Mozambique where there is fighting - please see https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-54877202. It is hard sometimes to know the real facts of what is going on but what we know is that we need to pray for the area. Just so you know, it is nowhere near to us so we are not at risk.