THE VISION: EVANGELISM AND CHURCH PLANTING
Our local pastors work full time with our 15 ever growing churches in 2 counties (Balama and Meluco).
We evangelize by showing The Jesus Film in the tribal language of Makua (Mah-koo-ah). Without Jesus we labor in vain. We hope to reach over 103,000 people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the coming years. This outreach has just begun and is greatly impacting the locals with the truth of who Jesus really is. As of 2012 this film has impacted over 24,000 people in our area.
CHRISTIAN RADIO PROGRAMS IN 3 LANGUAGESare broadcast 7 times a week in 2 counties, reaching over 250,000 people. These programs are produced by Eric Dry, O.U.’s Associate Director, and the Pastors from 4 different churches in Balama, who provide the preaching and testimony segments.
The BIBLE SCHOOL distance/time barrier has been broken by broadcasting Bible classes on the county wide radio stations. This is bringing in depth Bible knowledge to all those who listen in. All Bible School programs are recorded by Pastor Alberto Pessute, the leader of our Bible School training program.
3 BIBLE SCHOOL EXTENSIONS for training new Pastors/Evangelists are taught weekly by Pastor Pessute in very remote areas of our Balama county. In these schools, 60+ men and women travel up to 10 miles by bicycle to attend an intense Bible Study, including evangelism methods, so that they too, can help others find Christ.
FILM STUDIO PROVIDES MAKUA BIBLE FILMS FOR DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING
In the villages, few people speak Portuguese, making it necessary to teach through visual/verbal avenues in Makua.
Eric Dry, O.U.’s Associate Director, came up with the idea to make discipleship films in Makua, using the locals as the actors & keeping the stories culturally understandable. Eric formed a drama team using some of our orphans & thus began a new form of ministry. Our pastors write the scripts in Makua & the children act them out or use puppets to tell the story. The films teach the Bible in very simple, easy to understand lessons that last about 20 minutes. This has proven a very effective way to teach the Bible to those who cannot read.
BUSH BIKERS FOR CHIRST
In October, 2006, the old time “circuit riders” of the Old West came to life in Mozambique with one modification. They would ride a bicycle instead of a horse (since no horses exist & if they did, it would make the Pastors lion bait!)
A lack of trained pastors is a major problem in this area, making church planting difficult, since there are not enough pastors for the number of villages in the area.
The Lord gave Brenda the idea of organizing willing Pastors & mature Christians from EVERY CHURCH in the area to train as children’s evangelist. By buying them bicycles & sending them out during the week to the villages where no churches exist, they could start “shade tree Bible schools” for the children & widows of that area. They were given a backpack with a soccer ball, jump rope and a large Bible picture that helped them tell a Bible story to the crowd.
The BBC (Bush Bikers for Christ) members are sent out in groups of 3 to minister. They start with games & fun time. When the kids are tired, they gather the children under a tree & teach them a Bible story.
In 2012 the BBC consists of 15 men and woman who cover 30+ villages in 2 counties with the “sports evangelism” programs. In 2011, over 500 children and 100 adults received Jesus after attending the BBC’s Bush Programs. Three new village churches were started in Balama and 1 in Meluco because of the 2011 BBC programs. By June, 2012, 2 additional village churches were opened, thanks to the evangelistic work of these mighty men and woman of God.