car troubles and chuwabo speakers

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

We know that God works all things together for good. Sometimes we are left wondering what possible purpose undesirable circumstances could play in God’s plan. We simply trust by faith that God’s vision and design is higher than our own. Other times he lets us in on the secret.

This is a case of the later. On a recent road trip with Mozambican colleagues our party encountered car troubles. About 20km out of town we got a flat tire. Easily resolved–thankful we had a spare in tow and it wasn’t long before we were able to continue on our journey.

Only a few minutes later our hearts sank as the car started to make a terrible ga-gung-ga-gung-kikiki sound. It only made the sound when driving forward; in reverse it ran perfectly, but for some reason no one seemed to find my suggestion that we drive the rest of the way in reverse very helpful. :)

As I know nothing about cars and the sun sank lower and lower in the sky, the problem seemed fairly serious. Eventually my hosts and a mechanic (whose house we just happened to break down in front of) were able to fix it by taking out one of the drive shafts. Thank God for four-wheel drive!

While we were waiting on the side of the road a missionary family drove past on their way back to Nampula and stopped to make sure we didn’t need anything. It was a family I had only met once before. The wife had been trying to contact our supervisor (who is out of the country) without any success and so was quite glad for the opportunity to get in touch.

She told us about her language helper from Quelimane (where I’m moving) who has recently moved to Nampula to study. She is on vacation from university right now and is looking for ways to make a little extra money–the plight of a poor college student doesn’t change the whole world over! She is from Quelimane and speaks Chuwabo!

I would have considered finding a Chuwabo speaker here in Nampula virtually impossible, let alone a GIRL who is MY AGE and is eager to teach me! God worked out his provision for something I didn’t even imagine asking for. I have started lessons and am excited to have a foundation and know some basic greetings and phrases before I move and start full-time language learning in Quelimane. God is good!