Saturday, 26 July 2014


 Pastor André Plamer came from São Paulo, Brazil and Pastor Carlos Walter Winterle came from Cape Town, South Africa, and we met at the airport in Johannesburg to fly together to Beira, Mozambique, for another Training Session of the Theological Education by Extension – TEE - program offered by the Seminário Concórdia to the future pastor of the Lutheran Church Mozambique – LCM. It was 4th July, a Friday afternoon when we arrived in Beira and we had time to buy stationery, food and other stuff to take with us to Sena.
 We didn't stay in a hotel this time, but in a Christian Guesthouse which has hosted many missionaries in the last decades according to their Guest Book.
 It is called Beach House, and it is an old Portuguese style house with several rooms and collective bathrooms.  
 The manager, pastor Anacleto, received us very well. We were referred to this house by a Brazilian missionary I met some years ago on a plane to Mozambique, Pastor Anézio.
 This is the beach behind the house that gives its name to the Guesthouse.
 Rustic canoes, build up from a single tree, were all along the coast…
 …and fish were sold at the road in the morning.
 Something interesting just outside the gate: Large spiders had built a net from one tree to another, and it looked like the spiders were hanging from the sky.
 We were lucky to be referred to the Bible Society in Mozambique, a small store in Beira. It will now help a lot, because it was always difficult to bring many Bibles from Brazil (they are heavy and the luggage is restricted), or to order them from Maputo, the capital far the South of Mozambique.
 Ready to travel on Saturday morning to Sena and to face 500km along a bad road. Our faithful driver Mr. Micas fetched us at the Guesthouse. It was very nice to meet him again. We spent more than 10 hours to reach Sena.
 We arrived in Sena at night and were hosted in this little hostel, where I had stayed when for the very first time I went to Sena in 2010.
 The rooms should have all facilities. But if the tap was working, the shower was not working; if the fridge was working, the TV was not working; if the toilet was working, the air conditioner was not working…
 We sometimes had our breakfast and our dinner at this outdoor restaurant…
 and this is the kitchen that prepared fresh food for us.
 The hostel was in the main street of Beira…
 …close to a free street market.
 People used to sweep the road in the morning…
 …and you have to protect yourself from the dust.
 Good tangerines were available every morning, and we bought some for our breakfast and to take to the class. 
 It was nice to see people early in the morning bringing their stuff to sell in the street market.
 The women carry everything on their head: wood for the fire to cook…
clothes, food, water in containers… Just to share a little bit about the local culture…

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