Visiting the Vianas in Mozambique

blog mel ctrWith hearts full of hope and days ahead full of plans, Alex and Melanie Viana have been a joy for us to meet and get to know a little bit.  Partnering with their dear friends Pastor John and Pastor Maria,

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they are involved in orphan ministry, equipping and coming alongside pastors of new church plants,

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and vocational training, specifically in sewing for now.  The orphan ministry isn’t just taking care of kids forever, it’s about schooling them and caring for them until they can be placed in homes.  We understand almost 400 children have been placed through the 2 orphanages.  These aren’t running solely on outside support but have 2 businesses that bring in funds: raising chickens and a milling business. blog Chicken productionblog mill

Here’s a little guy eavesdropping on the bigger kids’ reading lesson, probably looking forward to the day when he can be a big kid tooblog wishing

A playground on the property provides a safe place for the resident kids AND the neighborhood kids to Mel ctr playground

We can’t neglect to mention 2 bundles of fun and energy, the twins, Josh & Joey.  They are a major part of the Vianas’ world and I have to say have given me plenty to smile about these past couple of days!

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Please pray for this dear family, for their colleagues John and Maria, for the church plants and the orphan ministries, for language studies, that the Lord would guide and bless them!

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As Covenant missionaries, we are working with all the tribal groups of the Central African Republic (CAR) but are trying to give special attention to the Fulani, a Musxlim, cattle herding, and semi-nomadic people group. We live on an experimental/training farm, near a mission station which has a hospital plus bible and nursing schools. We are establishing relationships with the local people groups through compassion ministries; Roy through agriculture and Aleta through public health and visitation, in order, ultimately, to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with them. CAR is one of the least developed countries in the world and is currently in continual crisis (since the coup in March 2013), so reaching out in compassion is key to reaching their hearts. Due to the ongoing conflict and resultant ethnic cleansing in CAR, we are crossing the border to interact with our Fulani contacts.
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