This year is my first year as a Full Mission Partner with World Outreach International. I am serving with long term WOI missionaries Paul and Sue Fosse in a small town in northern Mozambique. I am living with a local Mozambican/Portuguese family, learning the language and culture. Last year as an Intern, I spent a short time in Portugal and then volunteered with Maziotela Ministries. This was to see if Mozambique is where God wants me to be…and it is!
New Zealand is my home, where I was married and have one 24 year old son. However I was raised in Oregon until I got on a yacht in Africa, and ended up in NZ. Later in life I gained qualifications as a preschool/ primary teacher, which has led me to assisting with establishing Christian-based preschools here.
My focus is on learning Portuguese and the culture here to develop relationships and friendships. How am I doing this? I am living with a Mozambican/Portuguese single woman who has a Catholic faith and her extended family. We are reading the Bible together as part of language studies, which is developing into a discipling opportunity as she is asking more questions. Recently, two women asked Sue Fosse and me for more Bible studies, as they go to bush villages to disciple. I also train and encourage two preschool volunteers with a Christian based programme. Next year we are looking into a literacy project.