Showing posts from October, 2016

Recipe: Tangy High-Stakes Chicken and Pretty Rice

Mozambicans make the best chicken. If you doubt this, come and visit. I will turn you into a believer. So you can understand that, living in the land of people who take their chicken very, very seriously, I was a bit intimidates when 'Frango Friday' came along and I had to cook chicken for everybody because Dona Ana was at a funeral. Would I get it right?

All I can say is, that this recipe received applause and Dino was putting his rice into the chicken dish so that he sould soak up the last of the sauce, and two people have since asked me for the recipe.

I'm going to label that a success.

Tangy High-Stakes Chicken

1 chicken, skinned and cut into pieces. I'm not the best chicken carver, so I just roughly divided it into legs, thighs, wings, neck, and the torso into four parts.1/4 cup oil1/2 cup vinegar1 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon black pepper3 medium tomatoes2 medium onions2 medium carrots5 cloves garlic1 teaspoon basil1 teaspoon oregano
Combine the chicken, oil, vinegar…

I'm Not Really an Evangelist (But I Do Share My Testimony A Lot)

As so often happens here in Mozambique, I found myself seated in a shop, waiting for someone to show up so that I could ask about buying something. And, as also happens more often than not, I fell into conversation with the store owner, in this case, a Muslim guy from India. We started talking about our respective home countries, and what it's like to live in Mozambique, and then he commented on how well I speak Portuguese. 
"Oh, thanks!" 
And then I started in on the story about how I'd prayed to learn Portuguese when I first arrived, and how God had sent me my friend, Fifi, who didn't speak any English at the time, and that was how I'd started learning.
And there I was, chatting to a Muslim guy about my faith.

I was part of a Baptist church for a number of years, so I've been to all of the trainings about all of the evangelistic methods. I really have tried to use some of the methods I've been taught, but they never worked out very well for me. I c…

Stand Still, the Lord Will Fight for You

One day, God asked me,
Are you willing to work for justice for others, even if it means that you are treated unjustly?

It was one more step on a path I've been walking for a very long time; the path of total surrender to God. It's fairly easy to say, "here I am, God, send me." But it can be terribly hard to let go of the individual things that your humanity holds dear. So God asks me, from time to time, "Are you willing to let go of that? What about that? Can you trust me in this situation?" 
There are many things I've fought to hold on to for a long, long time - friends, safety, dignity - but when I let them go at God's request, it's always such a relief. The more I learn to stop fighting for myself, the more I get to see God fighting for me. And He's a much better fighter than I'll ever be.

Living as a foreigner in Mozambique is never dull. At it's best, it's an entertaining and rewarding experience. At it's worst, it's…

Women's Service: Remembering What I Love

I originally joined the media team as a photographer. 
And then I learned how to shoot and edit video, and how to arrange cables and projectors and slide shows, and the whole photography thing kind of got left behind in the dust kicked up by more important concerns. 
When I got asked to go to the special women's service to shoot photos, I actually stared blankly at the camera for a couple seconds, trying to remember what all those buttons do. It'd been a while.
I think it's good for a person to quit doing familiar things in order to learn something new, or to leave behind the things one likes to do in favor of doing what needs to be done.
But it's also nice to go back every once in awhile and remind yourself of the reason why you love the things you do. 
As I wandered around the church, jostling for good angles and better lighting, trying to capture the spirit and the atmosphere, I could almost feel my soul letting out a huge sigh of relief. Ahh, yes. This is what you'r…

Recipe: Tasty, Gooey, Simple Brownies

I might have just found the tastiest, gooiest, simple brownie recipe I've ever made. The original recipe was for vegan brownies. but since I'm not even remotely vegan (and had some yogurt that needed to be used up) I threw that in, too.

The results were frighteningly delicious.

2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups raw sugar
3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Mix together and add

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup unsweetened yogurt
1 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla

Mix until well blended and spread into 9x13 pan.
Bake at 350* F (175* C) for 25 - 30 minutes, or until top is no longer shiny.

You can find the original vegan version HERE.