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Humanitarian Commission In Africa

€280 of €7,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 28 months
Hello,

Since the year 2000 when I first landed in South Africa that I grew to love the place and its people.

I've been for these many years involved in missionary/humanitarian work among the needy of both where I stay in South Africa, Barberton and Mozambique.

Sending containers from Portugal with humanitarian goods, doing the distribution and teaching.

I have been involved with a congregation of about 80 people for the past 5 years. Met them when the gathering place was just a shack made of wood with a corrugated iron roof built on the bare ground.

Thanks to good friends, after a few years of campaign and work on the field, on the 6th of August last we were able to celebrate the completion of a 200 square meters community building.

Now we need to continue with the details like plaster the inside and outside, pave the outside ground, build a wall, etc., plus equip this church/community center building with pews, sound system, musical instruments...

Right now I'm 64 years old and 4 years ago I had an accident where I broke my right leg and a year after the left knee caved in. Not so fit for manual labour anymore but still very much active in the desire of continuing with this project, now mainly through networking, hence the reason for this approach.


Medicamentos Entregues - 2016/17
https://tchumatchato.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/20161226_listamedicamentosentreguessabie.pdf
Carta de Notícias 01-2016/17
https://tchumatchato.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/20160825_tt201617_cn01_opt.pdf
News Letter 01-2016/17
https://tchumatchato.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/20160826_tt2016-17_nl01_opt1.pdf
Carta de Notícias 02-2016/17
https://tchumatchato.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/20170115_tt2016-17_cn02_opt.pdf
News Letter 02-2016/17
https://tchumatchato.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/20170115_tt2016-17_nl02_opt.pdf
Carta de Notícias 03-2016/17
https://tchumatchato.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/20170419_tt2016-17_cn03_opt.pdf
News Letter 03-2016/17
https://tchumatchato.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/20170419_tt2016-17_nl03_opt.pdf
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We have been silent because we have been busy. Now that the Community Center is built and operational we are in the process of submitting an application to the Barberton Municipality for a permit to also function as a pre-school. We have the children, we have the space, we still need to fence the property. It's one of the requirements in order to get the permission. Please help us get this step out of the way. It would be such a marvelous Christmas gift to this dear community. God bless!!
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- Alguns dos eventos durante a Quadra Natalícia
- Some of the events during the Christmas Season
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2017.12.27

AURORA MISSIONARY ACTION - AMA
TCHUMA TCHATO PROJECT

NEWSLETTER 01/2017/18 - 20171227_TT2017/18_NL01

Link:

https://tchumatchato.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/20171227_tt2017-18_nl01_opt.pdf

Dear ones,

First of all I want to convey that you are always in my thoughts and prayers. I hope this simple message will find you well and happy, and that this holiday season commemorating the birth of Jesus will have been full of peace and love.

I’m back in Africa and all is well thanks to God. In material terms it is, and will always be, an unknown matter since we are at the mercy of men and their economic plans that in the governmental realm leaves no doubts as to preferences in the distribution of subsidies and grants, even if only to attest the credibility of those who work on behalf of the needy. But anyway, as Jesus also said, the poor, some of material resources others in spirit and ideologies, we will always have them with us. One has to keep a positive attitude and stay the course.

The partnership with the Church/Community Centre, the place we helped build keeps going, slowly but surely. While away we heard and now here, we have participated in events for the community which bring us much joy, to see that the efforts, small as they were compared with the desire to do more, are being compensated with fruits we believe will remain.

It’s still in our plans to adapt the installations so we can also receive the younger ones, the future of any society. We already have the necessary permissions to start a creche and now we only need to financial support to go ahead with the work. A wall and gate are needed so that the children will be protected from the road and traffic when they are in recess, school tables and chairs, and mobile partitions to separate the children’s classes since it’s a multitasking space.

For a couple of years this idea has been in our minds but until now we haven’t been able to make it a reality. Forgive me the candor but every time I read the news of the millions that are granted to institutions that after one finds out were misused, and that with the knowledge and participation of the politicians in charge of disbursing them, I feel somewhat disappointed and ready to throw it all in the air. I wish just a little percentage of those millions and much would be done. But I won’t bother you with tirades on things you know already.

The other day there was a wedding ceremony which I attended. A symbiotic event that combined occidental costumes with local ones. It was very interesting. The video clip can be seen here; < https://youtu.be/zEtd-mbpOrQ >.

And on Christmas Day I went to “visit Jesus” at the local Hospital (Matthew 25:36). I was pleasantly surprised to see the scarcity of patients, the cleanliness and order in the place, the composure and joyfulness of the staff and doctors on duty. Jesus was there!

I also want to ask for your forgiveness if sometimes I’m not as present as expected. Believe me that I feel sorry for that. The fact is that for reasons of health, and being a foreigner, I need to be away back in my home country part of the year, for doctor’s appointments, medical tests, what have you when the years start weighing in. The energy starts to diminish and the days get shorter than they used to be. God willing now that I’m here I’ll be more available and participative!

My great wish to you dear friends is that 2018 will bring you and your loved ones much love, peace and prosperity. God bless!

João Rodrigues

If you want to make a donation the account is;

ABSA BANK
BRANCH CODE: 632005
MISSIONARY JOAO RODRIGUES
ACCOUNT NO: 9116390988
SWIFT: ABSAZAJJ
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2017.12.27

ACÇÃO MISSIONÁRIA AURORA - AMA
PROJECTO TCHUMA TCHATO

CARTA DE NOTÍCIAS 01/2017/18 - 20171227_TT2017/18_CN01

Atalho:

https://tchumatchato.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/20171227_tt2017-18_cn01_opt.pdf

Estimados,

Primeiro que tudo quero que saibam que estão sempre no meu pensamento e orações. Espero que esta singela missiva os vá encontrar bem e felizes, e que esta época festiva do nascimento de Jesus tenha sido cheia de paz e amor.

Eu estou em África e por cá está tudo a correr bem graças a Deus. Em termos materiais é, e creio sempre será, uma incógnita visto estarmos à mercê dos homens e seus planos económicos que no âmbito governamental não deixa dúvidas quanto às preferências na distribuição de subsídios e apoios, até mesmo apenas o atestar credibilidade a quem trabalha em prol do seu semelhante. Mas enfim, como Jesus também disse, os pobres, uns de recursos outros de espírito e ideologia, sempre os teremos connosco. Há que manter a fé e seguir em frente com o que se tenha.

A parceria com o Centro Comunitário, edifício que ajudámos a construir vai indo, devagar e sempre. Temos conhecimento e agora que estamos aqui, temos participado em eventos para a comunidade e isso trás-nos grande felicidade, de ver que os esforços, pequenos que foram em relação à vontade de fazer mais, estão a ser compensados com frutos que cremos permanecerão.

Continua nos nossos planos adaptar as instalações para que possamos receber também os mais pequeninos, o futuro de qualquer sociedade. Já temos as devidas permissões para iniciar uma creche e faltam apenas os recursos para as adaptações necessárias em termos físicos. É necessário construir um muro e portão para resguardar as crianças da estrada quando estiverem em tempo de recreio, mesas e cadeiras de estudo, e partições amovíveis para separar as crianças em classes, já que o espaço tem que ser multi-usos.

Esta ideia já vem de há um par de anos mas até agora ainda não conseguimos o apoio necessário para a concretizar. Perdoem-me o desabafo mas quando leio as notícias dos milhões que são dados a instituições que depois se vem a descobrir foram mal usados, e com a conivência dos políticos mandatados para os distribuir, sinto algum desalento e vontade de atirar tudo para o ar. Quem me dera uma percentagem mínima desses milhões que já se fazia muita coisa. Mas não vos vou maçar com notícias tristes das quais certamente estão a par.

No outro dia tivemos um casamento ao qual fui convidado. Um casamento algo simbiótico visto que reuniu costumes ocidentais com costumes tradicionais da terra. Foi muito interessante. Tenho um pequeno vídeo que pode ser visto aqui;

https://youtu.be/zEtd-mbpOrQ

E no dia de Natal, como já é hábito, fui "visitar Jesus" ao hospital local (Mateus 25:36). Fiquei agradavelmente surpreendido de ver a pouca quantidade de pacientes, a limpeza e ordem no local, a compostura e jovialidade dos auxiliares de saúde e médicos de serviço. Jesus estava lá!

Quero também pedir-vos que me perdoem por não ter conseguido visitar todos, desta vez que aí estive. Creiam que sinto peso na consciência por o não ter conseguido fazer. O facto é que o tempo foi sempre muito ocupado a resolver assuntos pessoais, saúde, testes, consultas, tudo o que há a fazer quando já vamos entrando nos anos. A energia vai sendo pouca e parece que os dias não rendem como antes. Se Deus quiser estarei de volta em Junho de 2018 e farei todos os possíveis para cumprir com a ronda de visitas!

Bom, estimados, não me vou alongar mais. Um grande abraço e saudades! Que 2018 vos traga muito amor, paz e prosperidade, esses são os meus votos.

João Rodrigues
(Missionário)

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€280 of €7,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 28 months
Created August 14, 2016
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sean mullen
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I donated because we appreciate the work that JR is doing there in Africa

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sean mullen
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To help with whatever the greatest need is. GBY!

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sean mullen
28 months ago
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GBY Joao! Praying for your continued success in your mission in Africa.

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