Toward the end of last year, we launched the Spanish version of the Live School. The launch took place at the SETECA (Central American Theological Seminary) campus in Guatemala.
Since then, a team from the USA, Jim Hartman, Bucky Drake, William Crew Jr. – Who is our USA regional team and media development leader and Michael Lobmeyer have traveled back twice to start the roll-out process in Central America. Their first visit was to discuss the next step with pastors in Guatemala and El Salvador. They are currently on the second trip, busy training Live School facilitators in both countries. After three days of intensive training in Guatemala, they signed the Documents of Understanding that would see the start of the first three Live School in Central America. From there they traveled to El Salvador where they will start training facilitators in the next three days. One of the pastors reported that he already has seven students signed to be trained in the school that he will start. The most amazing thing is that all seven is said to be ex-gang members who have come to Christ.
Willie leaves this coming week to Argentina where he will speak at five churches and four pastors meeting arranged by Werner and Adele Swart, who recently joined our international team to oversee the roll-out of Live School in South America. The purpose of these meetings is to create a greater awareness of the mission call that the Lord has on this amazing country and to share how the Live School can help the church train their own members as missionaries who will work in and from South America.
Mozambique – God is up to something in Mozambique!!!
During the month, Lydia and I did a road trip to Pretoria and Mozambique, a journey of almost 6000km. OH and by the way, we also had to eat along the way!!!
It was such a blessing. Our first stop was to see my mom who is currently in a step-down facility in Pretoria recovering from a fall she had a few months ago.
Our second stop was to speak at the opening of The Rise Mission conference that is hosted by our Southern African team leaders, Isaac and Rachel Modise.
The third and main reason for the trip was to witness the growth of the Live School in Southern Mozambique. We launched the Portuguese version of the Live School just over a year ago and since then 38 Live Schools have been started. We had the privilege of celebrating with 64 students of five of the Live Schools who have already completed 183 hours of the 242-hour curriculum. We were blessed and amazed to see the one page notes for each session they have studied, all neatly put into their files.
We also had the privilege to host the South Carolina Christian Dance Theater, (SCCDT), in Xai Xai, Mozambique where they taught over 50 young Mozambicans to worship the Lord in Dance. What an amazing experience to see how enthusiastic they were to learn.
East Africa partner meeting
We had opportunity to meet with the leadership of our key partners from East Africa during The Rise conference.These men and woman are doing an amazing work in the region.
Finally, we want to honor the intercessors that so faithfully pray for the work of the World Mission Centre. This amazing group of men and women numbering over 1000, are led by our faithful Chrissie Naude who has been working at WMC for over 20 years. She is 81 years old and still going strong in the Lord. The core group of intercessors come together once a month for a face to face prayer meeting. There is no doubt that we can never do what we do without prayer. Please let us know if you are interested in receiving prayer requests and updates.