2 Baptisms in June
The emergency restriction orders have been extended at least for another 30 days, so churches remain closed. Active ministry within the community or villages is almost impossible, so I am staying around home working the best I can. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not on lock down! I am happy to report that we baptized two people in June. I was blessed to hear their testimonies before the baptisms and have included parts of them here and hope your blessed as well.
“I sincerely want to be rebaptized, because now I understand what the word of God is. I want to adopt a new style of life based upon the word of God and His will for me, even though at times, it goes against my own will.”
“I want to be baptized because I have learned and understand that I am a sinner in need of a savior. That savior is Jesus Christ, and it is only in him that I can have a new life. A transformed life forever. Since I have started to study God’s word, my life has not been the same. I am not the same person. I have changed a lot.”
Repatriation Flight To Join My Family
Recently Lisa made a “Praise Jar” for the family. The idea is to write down things that we are thankful for, because there are things to be thankful for even during this trying time. Then during our Thanksgiving meal, we plan to open the jar and read what we have written to remember how blessed we are.
So what is #1 on my thankful list? Being able to travel back to the States and being reunited with my family! I am happy to report that I have been able to get a seat on a repatriation flight, leaving Johannesburg on July 19th, arriving in Tulsa on the evening of July 20th – which just happens to be Lisa’s and my 30th wedding anniversary! Can you think of a better anniversary present than to be back together after 4 months apart? While we have felt at peace with my staying in Mozambique during the lockdown, we believe it’s time for our family to be together again.
The US Embassy in Maputo will be helping me get the necessary documentation in place to pass into South Africa and travel home. It was the most expensive airline ticket I have ever bought – and one way too – but oh so worth it! Plans are for Lisa and I to return to Mozambique to apply for our new residence cards once offices open, and we are permitted to return (Lord willing, in September).
Not only was I able to get a ticket home, but the paperwork I remained behind to get has been completed! Another item to be written down and placed in our thankful jar.
Update On The ECHO Pig Project
Sad news to report, there is a sickness going around that is effecting livestock. One South African friend said it is the swine flu, and our first pig got it and had to be killed. We had not brought her to the project land, thus she was with other pigs making is easier to be infected. We are going to wait a little, in hopes the sickness passes and will start again. Until then, we will continue to make minor improvement in our project.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support of our ministry!
Scott, Lisa, Gabriel, Mariah, and Jayden Harris