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
Liz and Sergio write
From their August letter:
Here we are with a new installment of news for you. We give thanks to God for you and your interest and support in the work that is happening in Mozambique, even in the difficult circumstances that we find ourselves in all over the world.
Liz has restarted her play therapy work with her clients. Even though the pre-school and school are still closed, the Directors are letting me attend. It is the responsibility of the parents to take their children, which can create some inconsistency, but in general parents and children are happy that they have this opportunity at a time when there isn't anything else for them.
It is a big responsibility to make sure that everything is in place to prevent anyone from getting infected, but Liz is grateful for having two different rooms and separate toys that she can use for each client each day. As pre-schools and primary schools probably won't open again this year, it is a great opportunity to give the children some space to express themselves through play in a safe environment. Even in quarantine, many children are playing out in the street and mixing with others, or they are left alone at home when the parents have to go out to work.
We are looking forward to updating you in our next prayer letter on a food kit project that is in progress. We will give out 500 basic food kits to people who are most in need in the Baptist Churches and in the community, giving them hope in this difficult time.
We are now in our fifth month of quarantine. We are all healthy and doing well. This has been a positive time for us as a family, to spend more intentional time together. It is sometimes difficult to balance looking after our health but also helping and giving support to others. Sergio travelled to Maputo this month for two weeks to look for a car for us as Beira doesn't have much choice. We give thanks for God's protection and provision. Last week Liz prepared a pirate week for the children, where we learned to draw pirates, played games, did some role play as pirates and read some stories.
Thanks for reading our newsletter.
God bless you! Sergio, Liz, Chloe & Joshua
Prayer Points for August:
Please pray for Mozambique: -for peace in the North.
for Liz's play therapy clients.
that donations given to combat the virus will be used in the right way to help Mozambicans.
particular for schools to have everything in place so they can reopen as soon as possible.
for continued good health for us.
that local people will be blessed through our projects and people will be transformed through God's love and care for them at this time.