BMS Link Missionary
We look forward to them coming to WBC for the morning service on the 8th December.
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 November letter
We hope you are all well. We are looking forward to visiting the UK, arriving on the 13th November! Chloe had a lovely time on her birthday yesterday. Thanks for those who sent messages for her. There is a local Chinese park with small rides and she enjoyed doing that with some friends and we had a my little pony cake, then we went for pizza yesterday. Home school has gone well the last few weeks and next week Chloe will do a week’s trial at a new Christian school so we hope that she fits in well and will be happy to start there officially next year when we get back. The PEPE rebuilding project is well underway. Please look out for our newest blog post on that with photos of the work. We had the conference on child protection on 26th October and it went well but only half of the PEPEs that were invited were represented so we hope to do the same again and invite just those who didn’t make it the last time. It’s always a struggle for Church leaders to prioritise children’s ministry and understand its value and the need for their input. For the elections, the outcome was what was expected and there is frustration with alleged rigging but we hope that the country can move forward positively.
Pictures from the PEPE training
Prayer Points for November:
Thanks for all your support.
Liz, Sergio, Chloe and Joshua
Our preparation for home assignment and our travels to the UK.
A wedding that we will attend on Saturday, that the couple will be blessed and together they can be a blessing to the Church
Liz’s play therapy clients as she finishes with four of them and probably won’t work with them again, and 5 that she will have a break from as it’s the Summer holidays soon. Please pray for protection over their lives as they spend about 2 and ½ months off school.