Tere Eestist! (Hi from Estonia!)
Saturday was a great day! For those of you who receive the OMS Canada Contending in Prayer guide, that was the day you prayed for our Bible study day in south Estonia. Livia and I were both sick, making it hard to prepare, but Friday evening after work we drove 4 hours south, to within a stone's throw of the Russian border for the first of a series of Bible study days. Saturday morning, the tiny village congregation of Viitka (average Sunday morning attendance of less than 10) was filled with 26 adults plus kids, ready for 5 hours of Bible study! Friends from a total of 5 congregations gathered, eager to spend time listening to and discussing God's Word. The theme was standards for a relationship with God, looking firstly at Elisha's encounter with King Joram in 1 Kings 3. I dealt with the Old Testament, explaining the story and the spiritual principles behind it, and then after lunch Livia took those same principles into the New Testament and into their personal lives. It is so exciting to see people hungry to learn from and apply God's Word! Livia and I were so exhausted in the days leading up to this Bible Study day, we really didn't know if we could manage. But God is good and your prayers certainly helped! God willing, this is the first of a series of Bible Study days we will be doing with these congregations. Keep praying!
-Mark and Livia Nelson
Life is never dull in Mozambique. The last month of school is always filled with programs and of course, graduation. This year, we had nine seniors, and the ceremony was uplifting and very honoring to the Lord. We are so proud of all our graduates over the years.
In July, we hosted the first ever CAM School graduate reunion at our home. Our first graduates were in 1998, and all the graduates from the first ten years are scattered around the world, and none are living in Mozambique. During graduation, we discovered that several of our graduates were back in Mozambique visiting their families. We decided to have a gathering, and there were 20 graduates from 2008, 2010, 2014-2018. It was great to hear from them as they shared their stories and experiences after CAM and gave helpful advice to our recent 2018 graduates.
Although school was out for the break in June and July, we kept busy. These are the weeks where we prepare for the new school year which started August 1. Larry was busy overseeing the needed repairs, painting, and some improvements with new sidewalks. Of course there are other “emergencies” that take lots of time, and we are thankful to the Lord as He continues to guide and direct us at CAM. One of those interruptions was Susan having gallbladder surgery on June 11. It slowed her down for a few weeks, but she is doing really well now.
Susan was busy finding new teachers and working with one of our CAM graduates who is on staff now helping to prepare for the long and tedious process of school accreditation. He is also filling in as a teacher in the sciences until our new teacher from Northern Ireland arrives this fall (spring in Mozambique).
Pray for us as we seek wisdom for this next school year and beyond for CAM school.
-Larry and Susan Weil