Our 2013 team just returned last week from a 3 week trip.
Team members Jim Blackburn, Dr. Randy Claassen, Hendrik Smidderks, and Rolf Hagemann met with the leadership of the Free Methodist Church of Mozambique, local officials, and the Minister of Health in Maputo. They were well received and able to make some progress on plans for 2014.
The team spent 3 days at Nhaloi meeting with staff and planning for the Claassen's move to the hospital. The local people have been very helpful and positive. Even the local police were asking about the next team! These relationships are crucial.
The Free Methodist Church of Mozambique appointed a chaplain to the hospital, Rev. Mateus Mawukwane, who speaks fluent English. He will be tremendously helpful to us in 2014. In addition to assisting 2014 teams, he will be teaching Dr. Randy & Janice Portuguese.
Team members were able to investigate buildings and supplies. There is plenty of reconstruction to do.
The electrical plant was repaired and is now ready for use. Rafael, an on-site volunteer, will be testing it this month.
We were unable to drill the new well. We were in contact with a well-driller from South Africa who was too busy in northern Mozambique to be of any assistance to us. We now have local officials working on another contractor. We are also looking at using a team from the Wesleyan Church who has a rig in Mozambique. Please continue to pray.
Stay tuned for some photos and more info!