SERVING IN: Mozambique, Africa
MINISTRY FOCUS: Mercy Ministry
Angie is a Registered Nurse and worked for 12 years in the medical field. In the late 1990’s, Angie’s heart for missions grew as she went on mission trips around the world: Argentina, Cameroon, Mozambique, Guatemala and South America. She worked with various organizations, including Mercy Ships and Iris Ministries. In 2002, Angie began Beacon of Hope – Africa, reaching out to youth in Mozambique by providing a transition home where life skills and discipleship are the focus. Hope House can house a maximum of 14 boys. There are local workers to help assist in construction, house work, cooking, driving and administration. In addition to helping the boys, the ministry feeds many people from the community each day, providing them with nourishment for the body, soul and spirit.
Our new youth have arrived and are adjusting to life at BOHA. They are sweet young boys and so thankful and happy to be here. Imagine for a moment that you lived in the bush, had no electricity or running water as they hauled water for a mile or more each
day, cooked on an open fire, and sleep on the floor. It took them a few weeks to adjust to beds with sheets, blankets, pillows, and mosquito nets as well as inside bathrooms and a shower. The boys have received new backpacks, all school supplies, and uniforms, as well as personal items like toothpaste, deodorant, soap and lotion. They are all overjoyed with gratefulness and unbelief and know it all came from GOD!
Because of your faithfulness, BOHA has begun the year very well and we are finishing several important projects because of the extra blessings you sent in December.
Our youth are back in school and are working hard on exam preparations. In February, 3 of our youth will take their 10th grade exams, and 2 will graduate BOHA. Our plan is for our 10 new youth and 2 returning youth to be at BOHA by early March as our 2021 school year does not start until March 22. Our Thursday kids day will continue until school begins, to help our staff’s children be ahead in school and not behind.
So as this year comes to an end, let’s lift our hearts in praise Give thanks for all He’s brought us through, His protection for all our days He’s the only hope for the entire world, all nations great and small Jesus Christ is King of Kings; He is the Lord of all.
We are all excited for 2 of our youth who will be graduating from BOHA and will be starting 11th grade and trade school. We are very proud of them as they have grown into great young men.
I was blessed with a visit from Germano, one of our youth that graduated in 2009. After he graduated, we helped him complete the Mechanics trade school course and he has worked with several companies as a mechanic in Mozambique and South Africa. He is now back in Mozambique with his wife and one child, driving for a company. I was so blessed to see the man he has become and how his education and work ethics had changed his life. This is why I do what I do and each of you are a part of it all.
I feel so blessed that we are all healthy at BOHA. Mozambique is starting to open up slowly, but school has not resumed. We are still in touch with our other youth and look forward to visiting them again before the end of the year. Mozambique still has new cases of COVID daily, but the government has started allowing gatherings. We are following all the guidelines for preventions, but covet your prayers for our continued health and well-being.
My staff and I went to Catembe, what we call “The Bush” to visit 2 of our youth. It was such an amazing day of fellowship with our youth and their families. They were so blessed and Anilso’s mother said, “Thank you, Jesus, please bless BOHA, and give them back what they blessed us with.” It seems like so little to us but the food and supplies we brought were such a big blessing to the families. Our hearts are always to bless others, but we seem to receive the greater blessing.
My staff is in contact with our youth, making sure they and their families are doing well. Four of my staff went to Gaza, a 14-hour round trip, to visit Nando and his family and began the process of choosing 6 new youth from Gaza to enter the project next year.
Who could have known that 2020 would start out with a worldwide crisis? The effect of this crisis has changed everything. Our youth have been on quarantine at BOHA for months and with the possibility of another 30 days, our youth requested to return with their families. The school gives out homework and test, we make copies and will be weekly hand-delivering to each of our youth and returning completed assignments to the school. After 60 days of quarantine and no one was sick, my staff and I felt it was safe for their families and this would reduce the number of people to less
than 10 at BOHA.
The worldwide Crisis we are facing now is triggering all kinds of feelings around the world and in our youth. Our youth
stayed at BOHA when the quarantine began as they have been around other students and our community. Many of their families live in the bush and are very secluded, so to minimize any risk for the families we felt it was best to keep them here. This is a time of quarantine, not a school break as schools are giving out homework and test, so is BOHA! Let us get ahead not fall behind! Our teachers will be streaming classes and I will continue to teach my classes as well.
The vision of BOHA is to teach life skills and continue their education, so these young men will know how to live life on their own. I want their relationship with Jesus to be solid, so they never have to feel alone and can pray and trust God
for their needs and future.