Kathy completed her training at BMS' International Mission Centre and in June 2013 she moved to Mozambique.
Kathy is a solicitor (currently non-practicing) who previously worked in the areas of child protection and family law. She hopes to use her skills to help develop the justice and advocacy ministries being spearheaded by the Mozambique Christian lawyers and churches.
Home church: Christ Church, Clifton, Bristol
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The Baptist Church here in the South of Mozambique has its own assembly each year and this year, I was invited to take part in Macia, Gaza province, only a 3-4 hour drive from Maputo. It was a wonderful treat for me to get out of the city for a few days and meet with so many people from all over, to hear their stories and also to share a little of the work of AMAC (Association of Mozambican Christian Lawyers).
While I was enjoying the countryside in Macia, our Law Student / Assistant in the AMAC Maputo office...
Pace of life in Beira was quite relaxed - tranquil even compared to life here in Maputo. Beira people tell me the capital city is ‘muito agitado’ very busy - they’re right! People bustling between appointments, chapas (local mini buses) hardly stopping to allow passengers to hop on or off (with conductors calling out ‘chop chop’) and time flying too - it’s 2 ½ months since I arrived and I feel I’m running to keep up!
What’s happened in this time? Well, mainly I’ve been working to just meet people - network - for the Association of Mozambican Christian Advocates (AMAC). I’ve been continuing to work...
Here pictured, is the first Portuguese copy of Law and Justice Bible Studies, written by the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship, UK and now translated into Portuguese through funding by them for the Association of Mozambican Christian Lawyers (AMAC). Holding the copy is Isaque (Legal Assistant of AMAC) and two of our Church friends who designed the cover and printed it for us. The studies have been helping lawyers in the UK to understand their role as Christians in the justice system for years and the version you see is now being proof read by Mozambican lawyers to check it fits the realities of life in Mozambique and soon it will be in use here.
We’ve had a real milestone - the Association of Mozambican Christian Advocates (AMAC) in Beira presented their first two community legal education seminars without non-Mozambican presenters. I went along to support - and take photos, but wasn’t needed beyond that.
Both were in a community about 12 km from the city - in a Baptist Church in Manga. The first was on a Saturday morning to parents of children who attend PEPE - a Church run pre-school -about child rights and protection. The young lawyer employed by AMAC, Isaque, and 3 other lawyers and I attended and as the roads were terrible, we walked...
After some months away it’s lovely to be back in Beira to the warm welcomes – and the ‘tinha saudades para ti’ – I missed you - from friends, colleagues, Church and even the people who sell newspapers and bananas near my work place and home.
Not such a warm welcome from the electricity, sadly Beira has been experiencing long and regular power cuts, and many days and nights are spent without electricity. Now we seem to be having a lot more time with power than without, a real blessing. It has been, however, very hot and humid and no fans (air-conditioning isn’t part of our lives) has made working and living quite draining.