Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Story Telling....

Well Tim has been practicing his story telling using the Simply the Story method as well as his Chiyao. We went to a church in a village just a little ways out of the city and he told the story of creation to the people there. He did very well, but didn't receive a lot of response on the observation and application parts. We are still trying to figure out how to best tailor this part to fit the Yao culture and what will really reach them where they are at. Here are some pictures and a little video of Tim telling the story in Chiyao.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Weekend in the bush...

This past weekend we spent some time in the bush of Mozambique with the Paetzold family. The Paetzolds are SIM collegues and friends of ours from South Africa. We had a great time exploring God's amazing creation. We didn't see as much wildlife as we were hoping, but the grasses are so high this time of year, it is hard to see. We were supposed to be really roughing it, but we ended up staying in "luxury" at a hunting camp. Here are some pictures. 

 Here is everyone enjoying coffee in the morning on the steps of the main lodge at the camp. Yes, even the kids are all drinking coffee, dilluted with a lot of milk of course.

 The view from the main camp.

This is a herd of Sable antelope we saw on one of our drives. They are a beautiful animal. Unfortunately though these were the only animals we saw, besides rabbits and monkeys.
 The kids hanging out in front of the lodge, enjoying the view.
 Crossing the river on one of our drives. The boys got to ride on back of the Land Rover and loved it.
 Here is Traeger at one of the smaller camps we drove to. It is called Maganga, which means rocks in Chiyao, for obvious reasons.

Here we are heading out for a bush walk.
 Tim and Alfred grilling up our meat.

 We went on a river walk and saw tons of elephant footprints like this one. We also saw buffalo tracks, lion tracks, and even croc tracks. There were signs of animals everywhere, but somehow we missed them all.

 Here are the boys on the river walk.

Tim thought he would see if the elephant dung really tastes as good as it smells.

The boys loved their bush drive.

Here is the lodge from the Maganga camp. The view was absolutely incredible.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Simply The Story...

Well we just finished with our Simply The Story training conference. It went really well. We had 15 people attend and everyone really seemed to enjoy it and think it would be a useful ministry tool. We are really excited to hear feedback as people begin to use it in their ministries. The first day is all instruction and examples of storying and then the next two days everyone is broken up into groups and each person prepares and presents a story. It gives everyone a safe place to try this method of Bible teaching, where they can get feedback. We also confirmed dates for the first week in September to another training in Portuguese for the local pastors and leaders here. Bramuel and Jacob were the leaders and they arrived from Kenya to do the conference. Bramuel will be returning in September to run the next one as well. Thanks to everyone who was praying for this.

This is Bramuel instructing one of the small groups as they prepare to present a story.

Here is the whole group with leaders, in front row on the right.

Victor presenting his story.

Ariel presenting her story.