The Administrator of the Blog: The Kapasseni Project was started by the members of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Victoria, BC over 9 years ago. Working in partnership with Pastor Joseph Alfazema and his wife, Perpetua, churches and other ministries of compassion were birthed in Mozambique. By God’s grace the work has progressed to the point where others are able to build on the foundation that has been laid. The Kapasseni Project continues! The following letter comes from Pastor Phillip Washeim. It comes from the October 2011 Kapasseni Project newsletter. To learn more about this work, you are invited to visit the website: http://www.kapasseni.org/.
Mission Work Continues by Pastor Phillip Washeim
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8)
Just over nine years ago I arrived at Redeemer Lutheran Church from our seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario. One of the things I learned about this congregation was its commitment to education, of the spiritual and vocational kind. This led them to begin the Kapasseni project with Joseph and Perpetua Alfazema to provide for the needs of body and soul of those in the village of Kapasseni back in 1999. Over the years of my involvement with the project I have seen a group of women from Redeemer work tirelessly to make sure that a stable environment could be created for the people in Kapasseni village.
Now that the government has taken over the nursing station and school, we have turned our energies to continuing the work of spiritual care begun by Pastor Alfazema five years ago. We currently support the training of eight students who desire to serve as pastors in their communities.
It has been a blessing to see the Holy Spirit at work in these men and in the communities that Pastor Alfazema ministered in. There is a deep desire to know the forgiveness won for mankind by Jesus Christ. Mozambique has suffered much because of civil war and there is a need for this reconciliation with God. There is a need to be freed of the guilt of the many sins carried out and that have had lasting effects to this very day.
Serving in Mozambique for the past five years has been difficult for Pastor Alfazema. He has seen his countrymen and women suffering from the results of that devastating war. By the grace of God he was able to plant the seed and watch it begin to grow. We are grateful for his servant heart and desire to advance the kingdom of God.
As we continue to work with the nine congregations established there and the eight students, I would like to encourage you to keep them in your prayers. Pray for safe travel as students and teachers continue the work of pastoral training. Pray for the spiritual growth of those new Christians and for many to hear the good news of Christ’s Sacrifice for us. Pray also for Pastor Alfazema as he continues to serve the project from Canada.