Dear Friends and Family,
We trust you are well and keeping safe during these challenging days. We have enjoyed our time in Sequim, Washington, and even though we have not been able travel and visit face to face with friends and family, we have been able to stay busy with joining Zoom prayer meetings, church services, and Bible studies. A few weeks ago, our church started a drive-in service in the church’s parking lot, and we are really enjoying that. We also helped with a painting project at the church for several weeks.
During this time, we have been in touch with our field director in Mozambique and the regional director from the U.S. working on our assignments. We were waiting for Mozambique to open up, but to date, it remains closed to outside travelers. Another issue for us is that Larry needs to be able to get to his cardiologist in South Africa, and the borders remain closed to travel between the countries.
It has been a challenging time for us as we have considered all our options. Our original plan to return to Mozambique does not seem possible now. Not knowing when the travel restrictions would be lifted, we started looking at other opportunities to serve. In late June, we were given the opportunity to finish up our last term with some new assignments, and we will be able to do them from OMS headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana. Susan has been offered the position of administrative assistant to the director of Dynamic Women. (This is the same organization that Susan went to India with.) The purpose of Dynamic Women is engaging, equipping, and mobilizing women to make disciples in all nations. This involves women in the U.S. as well as women around the world.
Larry will be doing several jobs, all involving finances.
1) Mozambique: He will still be a consultant to the business manager in Mozambique and do budgeting and reports for the field. He will use Zoom to continue to teach the business manager how to do budgets and reports for the future. Our hope is to be able to go to Mozambique next March for a few weeks to finalize the plans for the celebration, pack up our belongings there, and say our goodbyes to our beloved team and Mozambican brothers and sisters in Christ.
2) Every Community for Christ: Larry will be taking on the budgeting and finances for ECC (OMS’ church planting ministry) around the world, except for Africa as there is someone already doing a great job of that.
3) Africa Regional Finance Director: Larry will be helping develop the financial aspects of this new global regional hub and provide financial leadership in the Africa region and be able to report financial information to the various Global Ministries leaders.
This is an exciting development for us. We look forward to these new opportunities to serve the Lord in other countries even though we will be based at OMS headquarters in the U.S.
We have packed and sent some things ahead to Indiana, and Lord willing, we will arrive in Indiana around the end of July. We will have a home on the One Mission Society campus, and it has a spare bedroom for those who want to come and visit us. Our hope is to be settled into life in Indiana and ready to assume these new responsibilities by the middle of August.
Although we haven’t been able to travel or share in churches since March, we have been busy keeping in contact with the Mozambique team and working remotely using Zoom. We are also responsible for planning the 25th anniversary of OMS Mozambique for April 2021 and have begun the initial work to establish a CAM School (Christian Academy in Mozambique) Alumni association. Once the decision was made that we weren’t able to return to Mozambique and we would be moving to our One Mission Society headquarters in Indiana to take on new responsibilities, the big question is what do we take with us? After 24 years of storing things, we are now pulling out these things, mostly kitchen utensils, household items, and knickknacks. Why should we buy again when we have things we can use again … at least some of it? There were things that needed to be thrown away. But it has been fun to see what was in all those boxes and barrels and give it new life again. Once we get to Indiana, we will need to find furniture to fill our home.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
-Larry and Susan Weil
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