Fall Ministry Report
The Village Church of Guinjata is Meeting Again
For most of you reading this, you have had many different options for attending services over the last year-and-a-half. Virtually online, in homes, in person, or an ever changing combination of the above. But the church in Guinjata has not met since April 2020. We tried to organize small groups once the lockdown began, but they were reported to the local authorities and threatened. Even though it was legal for small families to meet in their homes, they were ordered not to. Not much stays hidden in an African village, particularly smaller ones, for very long. So the brothers and sisters were very limited in what they could do. Thankfully, that is now over. The church has reopened the end of October, and last Sunday, there were 30 of us in attendance. If the number keeps growing, we will have to divide into two serves to maintain social distancing.
What encouraged me so much was to hear how God has blessed His people during that time. Not one of them got sick from COVID. Not one of them passed away from it, nor anyone in their immediate families. We serve a good and loving Father! I have been so blessed to spend the last several weekends with these dear brothers and sisters. They challenge me in my faith to keep on doing what I am doing. Oh, and let me tell you, they are SO happy to be worshiping together again.
Small Group Leadership Meal
One Friday evening before Lisa left for the States, we hosted a meeting of the small group leaders who have been leading house churches in the city during the COVID lockdowns. Lisa made Sloppy Joes, potato salad, and a chocolate cake for desert. Everyone loved the food – all the Sloppy Joes were gone!
It was so encouraging to listen to them talk about what it has meant to them to lead a small group. We also talked about some of the challenges and possible solutions moving forward. Testimonies were shared by several who said they were reluctant to lead a group, but so blessed because they did.
They all agreed that the groups need to continue and to grow in 2022. They look forward to beginning larger gatherings for worship and praise, but don’t want to loose the house churches because they feel like a family. I praise God for these dedicated young leaders. Pray for them to have wisdom and discernment as they lead their small groups. Pray that they will be evangelistic and multiply all across the city.
Family Update – A Time To Give Thanks
As the Northern hemisphere is moving into fall, we are seeing the hints of spring here in Mozambique. As I walk around my yard, I am happy to find flowers and bursts of color appearing. I love the spring, as it reminds me of God’s faithfulness in keeping all of His promises as life returns all around us. It also means that it is getting hot once again. To be honest, I am not a real fan of the heat. I am already thankful for the air conditioner in our bedroom which allows me to sleep at night.
It also means that I will be returning soon to the States to spend the holidays with my family. I can’t wait to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. I have so many things to be thankful for. I am so thankful to have been able to return home to
Mozambique and spend time with the brothers and sisters here. While life isn’t back to pre-pandemic levels, it is a lot better and we see things slowly returning to normal. I am thankful that boarders have reopened and travel has become a possibility again.
Meanwhile, Lisa has returned to the States. We are thankful that Lisa is able to help care for her mother in Tulsa. We are thankful that all of our kids are healthy and fully employed. We are thankful that we will get to be united as a complete family again soon.
Lisa and I are forever grateful and mindful of all of you who support us in prayer and financially. We couldn’t do what we do if we didn’t have partners like you alongside us. We count you all as another one of our great blessings. Thank you for what you do!
Scott & Lisa Harris