Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Welcome to Mozambique!

It is always good to welcome friends in Maputo, as other did with as when we first arrived in this beautiful city.

Liliane, Augusta, Maria João, Cristina and Mila are 5 friends from different places in Portugal with the same goal - to come and help those in need.

By 3:08 PM, the South African airplane landed at Maputo International Airport with those smiles from Portugal. Welcome to Mozambique!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

The longgest Sunday Service...

This morning, we attended the longgest Sunday Service of our history, from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. It was a very nice 10th Aniversary Celebration at Igreja Evangélica Arca de Salvação in Magoanine, outside Maputo.

It was also our friend Daniel Moiana's appointment as one of the pastors, and I has the guest speaker. I start preaching by 1:45 PM an didn't see anyone distracted... can you believe it?

As usually, little children are always a special thing to Alice and the girls...

Friday, July 27, 2007

No home yet...

Looking for an house to live has been a true adventure! That's why we don't have courage to write about it. After more than 30 houses, all I can say is that this is a great way to know the city. I think I know this city now, better than my hometown in Portugal! Meanwhile there is always time to have a cup of coffe and something sweet.
This the city train station, a beautiful building from the past century.

Monday, July 16, 2007

The other side of Maputo's Bay...

In the other side there is Catembe, a very poor place, with nice people who don't dispair even when they feel forgotten by the rich capital city just in front of them.

If you think it's nice to see Maputo from this side, you should see the beautiful sunset over Catembe, from the city waterfront, everyday by 5:30 PM.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Somewhere in the ocean...

We're not sure about where, but we know that our container is coming!

The ship "Amber Lagoon" is carrying all our things and is supposed to arrive at Maputo by July 31st. Hopefully we will have a home ready for it. Please, have a nice trip!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Land of Smiles...

This was a special day for our family, as we saw the spontaneous way of Raquel and Mariana interacting with two mozambican kids at the playground.

We felt that our daughters really understood the reason for our moving to Mozambique, as they showed their love and care to those chidren we want to serve.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

We are alive!

In these first days, we've been recovering from the last months traveling and packing, we have spend a lot of time as a family, doing some legal issues and preparing to find our future home.

There is a place in the city we really like, it calls "Lover's Garden" where we can have the best "pastry" in town and an wonderful view of the Indian Ocean.

Today we went to the wonderful Portuguese School, to start the application process for Raquel and Mariana. On Setember 3rd, by 7 AM, school will start. Mariana just said today that she would like school to start tomorrow. We hope that she could keep this attitude for the next months...