Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Good News

As one travels North in Mozambique, poverty increases exponentially. Cabo Delgado is the northern most province of Mozambique and is also a province full of extreme poverty, malnutrition, and lack of access to basic resources. This is exactly the reason that we were so thrilled to have had the opportunity to drill two wells in this district near the city of Pemba. The first leg of our journey involved dedicating these two wells and meeting the church communities who will be overseeing them. When we arrived in Nanjua (the first suburb outside of Pemba), women and children were lined up, eagerly awaiting the opening of the new well.

Along with throngs of villagers, the local media also showed up for the event. This was the news of the year! Both the radio and television stations were there and they each interviewed me, Ezequiel (the MI representative), and local leaders of the congregation about the happenings. This was a story that resonated with everyone in the community and it was news to tell. For three days, the radio station broadcasted the story of safe water and we even heard word from our friends down in Maputo (the capitol city in the south of the country) that the story was being aired there as well.

Friends, this is the Good News! The hungry are fed, the thirsty are given water. And we are lifting up our voices to proclaim this to all people from Cassville Missouri to Nanjua Mozambique, in order to demonstrate the love of God in tangible ways. Even the media in Mozambique are eager to tell.

Get yourself up on a high mountain.
O Zion, bearer of good news.
Lift up your voice mightily
O Jerusalem, bearer of good news;
Lift it up, do not fear.
-Isaiah 40:9