San Diego Work and Witness team helps build faculty housing for SNM in Mozambique
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Maputo, Mozambique
During the month of August, San Diego First Church of the Nazarene sent a Work and Witness team to Maputo, Mozambique, to help with the construction of the first house in what is to be faculty housing on the campus of Seminario Nazareno em Mozambique (SNM). Organized by Daniel Jones, former Nazarene missions aviation coordinator for the Africa Region and now vice president of gift planning for the Church of the Nazarene Foundation, the team built a considerable portion on the house’s walls.

According to John Fillmore, a Nazarene volunteer in Africa, “The work on the faculty housing will continue even after the team has left because of their generous contribution to the work. With the finances they contributed we will be able to put on the roof and have it sealed before the rainy months of [African] summer.”

While in Mozambique, team members also held a Vacation Bible School on the seminary campus for children of students and faculty. To honor the team, the children put on a drama production during a chapel service depicting the story of Jonah and the salvation of the people of Nineveh. Both the team and the children enjoyed the interaction. The team was especially blessed by the children’s singing.

The team traveled from Mozambique to Siteki, Swaziland, to the clinic of Johannes Pons, the only eye surgeon in Swaziland. They visited with patients recovering from cataract surgery and witnessed as bandages were removed and patients were able to see, some for the first time in many years. San Diego First Church Administrative Pastor Mark Otto presented a message of Jesus and His healing ministry.

Fillmore commented, “It was a great time of praising God and sharing Jesus and His healing touch, and hearing many of the patients tell of their experience: ‘I was blind but now I am able to see’.”

Following Swaziland, the team toured the facilities of Mercy Air located in White River, South Africa—a sister missions organization and partner with the Africa Region Church of the Nazarene. The team worshiped with Pastor John and Betty Ngombe at the Nelspruit Church of the Nazarene. This church was started by Daniel and Annette Jones in 2004 while they were serving in Africa.

“What a great time of fellowship and worship we had,” reflected Fillmore. “It was wonderful to have Daniel and Annette Jones and their family as part of the team and to see the respect and admiration the people of Africa have for the Jones family. We thank God for the Work and Witness program and teams like San Diego First Church.”

Note: San Diego First Church also sent a Work and Witness team to Honduras this summer.
--Johnny and Carol Fillmore for NCN News-Africa