To Everything There is a Season

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Dear Friends and Partners in Mission,
 
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is with mixed emotions and a heavy heart, we share with you our time in Mozambique is coming to a close. Soon we will say good-bye to this country and culture we have called home for the past few years. We feel we have built a beautiful life in Maxixe, and as the time to leave draws near, we are saddened to realize this departure. In our time here, we encountered the constant presence of God through celebrations and sorrow, learned patience in the slowness and beauty of life, and experienced the humbleness of being held in prayer by Christian community. Our two daughters have spent formidable years running barefoot through the Mozambican sand learning how faith in God requires action. We leave behind a piece of our heart for the community we built and the friends we made while serving in God’s Mission in Mozambique.

We are excited to announce our next assignment will be as Mission Advocates for the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. We will be located in the United States of America. We are headed “home!” We will continue to work as Global Missionaries with the UMC and continually discern how God is calling us into ministry. Our responsibilities will be connecting Annual Conferences, churches, UMC groups, and individuals to the Holy Spirit through missional opportunities and education. We look forward to the next challenge and opportunity to serve God’s people with the love of Christ.
 
It is through the grace of God and the repeated prayers, calls, visits, advice, and love from you, our friends and family of supporters, that we managed these past years working in Chicuque Rural Hospital and the community of Maxixe. We are grateful to you for being “doers of the word” and we have felt the presences of your actions. You have been an immeasurable blessing in our lives. When we say we could not have done this without you, we mean it truly. All of us leave Mozambique, and a piece of all of us will remain as a witness to God’s love in action. Estamos Juntos (we are together). Please keep our family in your prayers as we travel back and readjust to our life in the United States. We will continue to represent you all in the sharing of our stories and following of Christ.
 
Grace and Peace,

David, Elizabeth, Eva, and Annie
 
But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and preserve, being not hearers who forget but doers who act-they will be blessed in their doing.
                                                                        James 1: 25

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