As a family, we have always prayed about the need to put down roots here in Maputo. Since before we married, Roberto has talked about wanting to buy land and build a home. I’ve always been hesitant because I like living in the city. But living in the city means renting which is not something we want to do for the rest of our lives. So we’ve felt God directing us toward the option of buying land. For me personally, it is as if He’s reminding me that Mozambique is my home. He has called me here. He’s given me family here. Now He wants me to put down roots.
After prayer, we decided that we would sacrifice our trip to the States this year and use the money we would have spent on plane tickets to buy land. We have purchased a 40x50 meter plot in an area called Catembe, which is just across the Maputo Bay here in the city. For now, its only possible to get there via ferry boat but a large suspension bridge has been started and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017. Once the bridge is completed, Catembe will be easily accessible and will, essentially, become a part of the city.
We don't plan on living on our land until the bridge is completed as it costs about $20 to take your car across and back on the ferry. So that gives us a couple of years to dream and plan for our future home. But we aren't going to just sit on an empty plot for these next couple of years....stay tuned for "Putting Down Roots - Part 2"