BMS Link Missionary
The church regularly supports the BMS (Baptist Missionary Society) financially through its monthly offerings. The BMS has linked the church to Liz and Sergio Vilela who are in Mozambique with their children. This is so that we can support their work and family in prayer. Some in the church will correspond with them so that they are kept in touch with life back in the UK. They have 2 children, a daughter Chloe and a son Joshua.
"...I have come that they might have life, and have it in abundance” (John 10:10)
Taken from the BMS website: http://www.bmsworldmission.org
Liz and Sergio are serving in Beira, Mozambique. They are working alongside the Mozambican Baptist Convention helping to build capacity in youth ministry and community projects.
Liz and Sergio met in Brazil when she volunteered with YWAM during her university holidays. Sergio was already working as a mission worker with them. After marrying in 2007 they continued to work in Brazil for another year and then both felt called by God to do some Christian work in England. As a result they have spent three years as youth pastors at Saffron Walden Baptist Church, which is now their sending church.
Liz and Sergio knew moving to England would not be long term as they had always felt a call to mission overseas. So when their time at the church ended in 2011, they felt it was right to seek opportunities to work with BMS.
After training they went to Mozambique in 2013 where they work with the local Mozambican church. Sergio encourages and supports pastors and church leaders throughout Mozambique. He also works in the Igreja Baptista do Aeroporto (Airport Baptist Church Beira).
Give thanks that after five years in Mozambique, they now feel settled in the new culture and that their ministries are progressing well.
The Mozambique Baptist Convention has many local Pastors and Missionaries who have NEVER had any formal theological training!
After Sergio's first successful training course they want more.
He is now engaged in providing six separate weeks of training over two years and he will have to visit churches all over the country.
Liz uses her skills through PEPE (a pre-school education programme) to train and develop pre-school educators and community workers across Mozambique. She has just returned from Play Therapy training in France
Liz teaching a new dance and song to a group.
Liz is very concerned that the PEPE parents and teachers have little appreciation of the dangers that children encounter every day.
She holds well attended classes to show that children are God's gift to be treasured
Liz and Sergio write
Sergio and Chloe helping to deliver aid to the local community
From their October letter
Sorry that we didn’t send an update at the end of August, time is flying by. Here it is obvious that election day is coming up as many are out on the streets giving support to their parties. We are hoping for a peaceful election this month. Here is what we have been up to.
The PEPE national conference went well and there were over 100 people who work with pre-schoolers in Churches around Mozambique. It was an encouraging time of fellowship and learning. The Pastors retreat also went well. There weren’t as many people has was hoped but those who went had a time of relaxation and time to share together.
Sergio has been busy coordinating the PEPE rebuilding project. We will write a blog post on this soon with some photos.
Liz continues to work with the clients form the school where she was doing her certificate placement (the course she did in France last year).he has completed the 100 clinical hours and has now started working with children who have more complex issues for her diploma course hours. She has started a second placement in a PEPE where she will work with these children. She has also started the safeguarding project with the young man that she was training.
Pictures from the PEPE training
Prayer Points for October:
Thanks for all your support.
Liz, Sergio, Chloe and Joshua
Chloe as she celebrates her 7th birthday o 29th October
Patience and perseverance for Liz as she continues to teach Chloe at home
Continued guidance for the PEPE rebuilding project
An AMAC and PEPE conference on child protection on 26th October
Peace in Mozambique as election day approaches on 15th October!!!