The mighty Zambezi River, with its source in Zambia, flows through Angola, along the borders of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, to Mozambique where waters from Lake Malawi join it through the Shire River. In this picturesque land of Mozambique it's brown muddy waters snake slowly for more than 650 km before it splits up into a delta over 60 km wide consisting of four main rivers that empty into the Indian Ocean. I never thought I would see its delta, and when I did, from 9,000 feet on board a little four seater Cessna I was left breathless at its beauty.
And so begins an adventure as several TWR Canada partners and I visit projects they are supporting in Mocuba. Mocuba is home to the Lomwe speaking people in central Mozambique. TWR has been involved with the Lomwe people for many years. Programmes such as Words of Hope have been aired from Swaziland even during the civil war in Mozambique. The result of this ministry effort is nothing less than a miracle of grace. A survey carried out after the war reveals over 300 new churches have been planted.
Our adventure continues as we enter TWR's studios in Mocuba, speaking to the producers and then later, in a rundown church building, listening to the stories of listeners telling of God's grace and favour. This is where West meets Africa. Here are people sitting in front of me that have almost nothing by way of material possessions. Every time I visit listeners, I am humbled and reduced to tears by their smiles and their stories of victory in Christ that have resulted from listening to the programmes broadcast here by TWR.
In the background a woman slowly draws water from a well. This is where it gets real. This is where lives are being touched by programmes paid for by generous ministry partners like you. This is where God's finger writes on the hearts of unbelievers, unbelievers who otherwise have nothing really to live for, changing their lives forever, bringing them hope and eternal life - and all because you prayed. This is where people draw from the well of life, Jesus Christ, and find true meaning, their smiles etched into my memory forever.
The people of this town and the surrounding area cannot afford radios. Today, each of us has a radio to give to someone, a radio that someone bought through giving a generous gift to TWR's radio fund. Sun wrinkled faces light up as the radios are unpacked and handed out. There is much joy and jubilation and hands are lifted in praise. In the midst of all the noise someone in the back row of the makeshift church sits on the wooden plank, hands covering her face, as she weeps quietly with joy. Most don't own a radio. Those who do can't afford the batteries to run them. But these radios are very special. They don't need batteries. In fact, they don't even need electricity. They have a crank handle to generate power. Just a few cranks of the handle and TWR's Lomwe programmes can be heard filling the room. And so the miracle of grace continues - and I am humbled.
Published: 23 February 2011