|Team from the Florida and Yellowstone United Methodist Conferences, Feb 2014.|
What a wonderful time this year has brought into our lives and ministry!
It started with a very intense though fun itineration through supporting churches in the Florida Conference. This was our first time in the USA and we visited more than 20 churches and spoke to several small groups. The warm welcome of everyone that hosted us has left such a powerful impression in our hearts. Thank you so much for your support and your faithful involvement in the East Angola/Florida Partnership! Your love inspires and compels us to continue serving God and His people in East Angola.
Right after returning from Florida, we hosted a team from the Florida and Yellowstone Conferences of the UMC. The team included several leaders of both conferences, like the Director of Connectional Ministries, Rev. Sharon Austin and her husband Mike; District Superintendent Walter Monroe and his wife Paulette; District Superintendent John Daniels (YS); and others. They taught at the School of Theology, worked at the bathhouse for the Boys dorm in Quessua, preached at several churches in our district, met with government officials to intercede for the on—going restoration of Quessua, and met with leaders of the East Angola Conference. It was a blessing to host such a wonderful and committed team! (Click HERE to watch Rev. Dr. Walter Monroe, SC district superintendent, blessing the children at Malange Central UMC).
|Windows and doors for the new boys Boarding House!|
The reconstruction of the boys boarding house is at full speed. With financial support from churches in the Florida Conference, the Angola Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the Association of Former Students of Quessua, just last week, windows and doors were installed. It warms my heart to see the boys work side by side with Leo as they dream of their new house.
Next month a team of eight volunteers from Harvest UMC, Bradenton, will come to work on the dorm’s electrical installation. They are also taking a welding class to help us weld new beds for the boys thereby reducing the costs of the beds. The women on the team will work with our women in Quessua to continue strengthening our sewing coop.
Another great piece of information is that our School of Theology received a grant from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. This grant will help us provide scholarships for pastors already registered, support the Course of Studies program for the next four years, and develop our theological library.
Before ending this newsletter, I want to invite you to come to Quessua, Angola, to experience firsthand the mighty things God is doing here. You will make our joy complete! Our prayers are with you as we give thanks to God for your generosity and your love.