Saturday, February 19, 2011

Where my Heart is...

My last post focused on "home", this one is just going to give you a glimpse of "why" our hearts are firmly planted in Mozambique! Nearly two years ago we were honored to have Professional Photographer Ron Nickel visit us at the farm as part of the Prairie College of Arts And Technology team. He came to document their trip, but while there he took some amazing images for us as well, and taught me oh so much in that week. He allowed me to be his assistant, and im forever indebted to his kindness- I learnt more in that one week than I had in an entire college photography course! I (we) have been waiting a  LONG time to see these pics, but finally this week Rick and I were able to enjoy a few minutes catching up with him in Three Hills, and recieved our copy of the images.  (the one of above is taken at dusk on top of a small "mountain" on our farm. its not that big... but to me it was huge, i was practically paralyzed with fear but was very certain i wanted to have my picture taken with Rick!)
These pics just stir my heart- these are the everyday faces and scenes that I miss seeing!
sunset near Inchope, Mozambique (we get to see this when we pick up visitors from the airport.. usually)
mother and child waiting in front of our clinic
tomatoes for sale in the "market" in Mucombedze, at the end of our driveway. (i actually REALLY like these tomatoes!)
local tailor in Mucombedze

one of our school kids with the lunch the mission provides

a local home... this is actually probably a storage or cooking hut.. its a bit small for a sleeping hut

kids just love to have their picture taken

panoramic view from the top of our "rock" on the farm...absolutly stunning! if only i didnt feel like a frozen noodle every time i got up there!

me and filipe.. hes no longer in our program.. but i miss him running out to greet me, arms open wide! he  always had a big grin, hug and a slobbery kiss for me!

one of the widows in our Amigo Program, Mae Liria- shes quite funny and always has a story to tell.

Tito- if there was an award for mr. personality, he would win it!

Gina... :) (showing us muzungu girls how its done) (pounding maize that is)

Things im not really missing that much at all.....

although i have enjoyed eating them (once they dont look like aliens and are just chunks of meat)... these crazy huge freshwater shrimp kinda freak me out, they stink and they give me the heeby jeebies every time one of the vendors runs in front of our truck shaking these things wildly in front or beside my window... aparently if they look more alive I will want to buy them more. (obviously this is not the case for me)

crazy huge spiders..... ick.

matemba( i think thats the right word)- tiny little minnow type fish that we sometimes give out with the orphans monthly food alotments. They are a great source of protein apparently. But they drive me nuts. Its a longstanding joke between me and the local guys who help deliver orphan food. They know senhora (thats me) doesnt want anything to do with the stinky matemba or the bigger "peixe seco" (dried whole fishes), that make the whole back end of my truck smell like a fish market for a week. They love this stuff, but have given up on trying to get me to eat it!

Anyhew.. dont you just think those photos are FANTASTIC?? We are so blessed as a mission to have been given so many gorgeous pictures to document our work and the people around us! 

We are now on the home stretch of our furlough. We have just over a month and a half left before we head back home to Mozambique, and we cant wait to get back! (dont get me wrong.. we have loved it here, but its hard to be seperated from your "heart") We leave Alberta tomorow and start our long drive home! I in particular (heather) am anxious to get home as my sister had a Baby boy on friday, and I need to get all the cuddle time in that I possibly can before we leave! Im a very proud aunty to Colin Layton Bage, and I promise to post of picture of the cousings together as soon as we get some!

Thanks in advance for all your prayers- prayer requests include:
- safe travels and continued health
-for our monthly support level to rise
-that funds will come in for our "special project" for this year- Our House!
- that we will have a good time of ministry and fellowship here in Canada even as we prepare to go back to Mozambique in the next few months.

God Bless, Rick, Heather & Tendai!

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