Sunday, June 27, 2010

Making Learning Fun!

A few weeks ago, we started a special class for 4 of the boys who are regulars at Masana. Ian, one of guys living in Kunhymela House, is now Professor Ian and he has the fun job of teaching reading, writing, and mathematics to Felix, Dombo, Issac, and Fabiao. These 4 boys range in age from 12 to 19 and none of them know how to read or write much more than their own name. For the past year or so, they've been in the normal school lessons we offer but were just not progressing. So I decided we needed to work with these boys more one-on-one and Ian was up for the task! He is doing a great job of coming up with fun ways to help the boys recognize letters and do math problems. It's so wonderful to see these 4 boys actually excited about the school lessons each day as they get their notebooks out and ask me where Professor Ian is.

Professor Ian and his students.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Another Son Back With His Family Tonight

Today we took 11 year old Pai back to his family. We were greeted by his grandmother, who overjoyed at seeing Pai, could only say "Thank you God! Thank you God!" over and over again. A neighbor quickly ran in search of Pai's mother. They had been looking for him since he disappeared 4 months ago. Just a few days ago, they gave up hope of finding Pai and sent word to the extended family that he was gone. But now, in answer to the prayers of this family, God had returned their lost son.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Tonight, there is one less boy sleeping on the streets of Maputo, Mozambique.

Tonight, a family is able to celebrate the return of their lost son.

Tonight, Marcus is at home.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A New Car!!!

A little over 3 weeks ago, i had the frustrating experience of my car breaking down while on a sand road only accessible with 4x4 and about 3 hours from the city where i live. 9 hours later we finally made it home with my car in tow.

Since then, i have been amazed as i've watched God provide! My family and friends in the States and other parts of the world began praying and giving. God also put me in contact with an amazing family involved with the U.S. government here in Mozambique who was preparing to leave the country. They had a beautiful car that was perfect for my ministry needs. So i began praying for it. With the car, we discovered there were some taxes involved in switching it from diplomatic status to normal registration. the owner of the car was expecting it to be around $1000 in taxes and had told me he and his wife would pay up to $1000 if i could make up the balance. the family was also amazing in working out a payment plan with me in which i have til jan. 1 to pay the total amount.

friday he called me with the shocking and sad news that the taxes would be $8000! i was so disappointed. he and his wife really wanted me to have the car so they had talked and prayed and agreed to pay $4000 of the taxes if i could cover the rest. i told him i couldn't do it as it would put the cost of the car out of my budget. so i gave up on getting their car and started looking at classifieds again.

sunday, the owner of the car texted me and asked me to come by their house. they had prayed about it more and still felt like i was suppose to have the car. they decided that i could "borrow" the car til september when the taxes owed would drop to $5000 then they will pay that amount as a gift to me. then he gave me all the documents and the keys! and the car is mine!!!

thank you all so much for helping me raise the money for this car! i still need a few thousand dollars more by january 1st so please keep praying and give if you are able (go to to give).

i pray this blog is a reminder of God's faithfulness. He loves to give good gifts to His children!