The 4 members of the Board of Directors for 'Assembléia de Deus
da Austrália - Missão Moçambicana' (ADAMM), which is the registered
body of the work here in Mozambique.
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Contributed by Caryn Samuell
Mozambique is a country that has experienced hundreds of years
of oppression, and a quarter century of devastation, extreme poverty
and hopelessness; much of this period was spent in civil war.
The people relied on witchdoctors and ancestor spirits for help
and support. The soul of the country is dark.
And yet, there are some whose faces are radiant and smiling. Some
for whom poverty, illness, destruction and sorrow have no power.
What is their secret? Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and His gift
of redemption and eternal life is their secret.
It is truly a miracle in the making to see the villages where
Jesus Christ is Lord. The huts are clean, the people are smiling
and happy, their gardens prosper and their churches resonate with
song. And if trouble comes, they know that they are not alone,
that their Father God, His son Jesus and the Holy Spirit are there
to help them. Praise God.
The mission group in Mozambique that is supported by Living Hope
Family Church is called the 'Assembléia de Deus da Austrália
- Missão Moçambicana' (ADAMM), which is the registered body of
the work in Mozambique. ADAMM is all about ground breaking ministries
that will impact and change this nation. They are not interested
in introducing a new program just for the sake of running a new
program. Every ministry that they are involved in must impact
& change this nation! Their focus is fruit -- righteous Mozambican
fruit! Only then will Mozambique experience the redemptive power
of God at all levels of society & government!
ITM (Training Institute of Mozambique) is the training arm of
ADAMM. It is committed to training up well-taught pastors and
to church planting. One of the most exciting things is that Mozambicans
who have been trained through ITM are now heading up major ministries
under ADAMM. For example, Pastor Guida is the administrator for
the Action Child Sponsorship & Kidz Kingdom Centre programs.
Pastor Lídia is the Kidslink Mozambique co-ordinator. Pastor
Jonas and Pastor Pedro are co-ordinating Kingdom Connections plus
all the ITM programs with Robbie Housen, including the administration
of all ministries under ADAMM.
All of the teachers at ITM are also ‘home-grown’!
Pastor Massamba is a key person in the community projects area,
working alongside Benny. ADAMM has definitely come of age and
is now reaping the rewards of the ITM program and all of this
in just 6 short years! How awesome our God is!
By Darryl Mather-Pike
ITM was founded by Jeff and Robbie Housen, who hail from Australia
and have received support from Living Hope Family Church since
its inception in 1995. Friends of our founding pastor Mike Petzer,
the Housens have shown themselves to be true servants of the Lord.
Having worked for many years in India, they moved to Mozambique
in 2000 to establish a bible school and training facility. Every
year they have produced a new crop of highly motivated and well
taught students graduating from the three-year training school.
Over the past 3 years 17 new churches have been planted. Many
of their students have had little or no education; some were even
street children. Today these ‘nobodies’ can read and
write, have computer and building skills, sound biblical knowledge
and hearts that are filled with a love and zeal for the Lord and
for His kingdom. In 2004 Jeff returned to Australia for what should
have been a simple operation, a detached retina. A few weeks later
he died and a great general was lost to the kingdom of God. Robbie,
in the true spirit of missions has returned to Mozambique to continue
the work they started, and is prospering in ever more fruitful
ministry. We at Living Hope salute her and we are proud to support
the work they have accomplished there.