Monday 25 June 2012
On Saturday 23 June, Bible Society’s GodSpeak Advocate, Jessica Follers, boarded a plane destined for Mozambique.
This year, Jessica is advocating for Bible Society’s literacy project in Mozambique. She explains, “Being an advocate means I get the privilege of telling people about the work that God is doing for Mozambique. I basically get to be part of his voice in Sydney, talking about the amazing work that he is doing in a completely different part of the world.”
During the next four weeks, Jessica will travel throughout Mozambique, visiting the literacy project and experiencing the work of Bible Society Mozambique. On Sunday, she arrived in Beira where she will stay until next Monday 2nd July. While in Beira, Jessica will be attending a literacy conference for teachers. She will also help in the literacy project, go on literacy outreach in nearby communities, and visit churches.
From the 14th July, Jessica will meet with the Bible Society in Mozambique to discuss ways of how to engage young people in Mozambique with the mission of the Bible and the work of the Bible Society. This will include participating in the 125th year jubilee celebrations of the Presbyterian church in Mozambique, learning about and visiting Bible Society’s translation program, HIV/AIDS work, and their Faith Comes By Hearing program (FCBH), including a visit to their listening groups.
Jessica says, “The aspect which excites me the most is seeing how God is working in Mozambique. I’m sure it is very different to how we see him work here in Australia.”
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whot have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ”For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,t neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
If you would like to pray for Jessica while she is overseas, you can download her itinerary here.
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.