When life happens, we tend to think it only happens one way – the way that we see it.
But in reality life happens differently for each of us. Over the next few blog posts, I want to share with you how the work of Mercy Tech Mission has “happened” to someone who has been on the receiving end – in particular, to Prosper Fernando, who is one of our original students. And I want you to hear it in his own words.
Many of you know that Prosper (or “Prospa”, as his legal documents show) is now the workshop manager of the maintenance shop at the ASAM mission base in Mozambique. He’s only 23 years old, and is getting married this year. (In fact, I plan to be at his wedding in August – I suspect I’ll win the prize for being the guest from furthest away.)
Through the efforts of many volunteers (both Mercy Tech and other organizations), Prosper has a great career ahead of him and more opportunities for success in life than many of his fellow Mozambicans. But as you’ll read, Prosper not only sees his mechanical training as an opportunity; he views it as a life calling.
The following article was written by Prosper early in 2014, just after he was hired on as workshop manager at the ASAM mission. I hope you enjoy these insights from a young African mechanic; it’s real life, from Prospa’s point of view.
Called to fix BROKEN VEHICLES so that BROKEN HEARTS may be fixed
By: Prosper Fernando
I’m very grateful for God calling me to this mission and to be His servant in this working field.That was God’s plan from the beginning. I was born in Christian family in Mozambique, I went to Primary public school. 2008 - 2010 I went to Vocational Training School of Metal Work Technician in Chimoio. After my graduation in 2011, I come to (the) mission to do some practical work related to mechanic and fortunately I had an opportunity be trained in Vocational Automotive Mechanic at ASAM with Rick Cogbill and his friends.
In 2012 God opened the door for me to go to Christian Professional Training Center (Tariro) for two years where I got Certificate in Automotive Mechanic. When I graduated I heard God’s voice calling me to mission through II Timothy 2:1-3 “Timothy my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gave to you in Christ Jesus. You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy People who will be able to pass them on to others. Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus...”
Maintenance Workshop Building in Progress
As I Corinthians 12: 12 says, “one body, many parts.” To fulfill our calling of LOVING GOD and LOVING PEOPLE, the maintenance workshop is playing a major role of making sure that the mission vehicles are in good condition so that the orphans, school kids, pastors, churches, sick people may be reached out, fed, visited, evangelized, and transported.
To play this role we need (a) workshop. I would (like) to take this time to Praise the Lord for the progress that happed during this last three months and still continuing on this building as mezzanine, storage rooms shelving, front door manufacturing, in fact I really thank God for His protection, wisdom and for sending His humble, handful skilled and experienced people from Canada, (such) as Rick Cogbill, Bob Denesiuk, and our local staffs Tomé Toalha, Gabriel and Felix for being used wonderfully
with God in this project.
It’s not about building, skills, vehicles…It’s about the souls that will be touched, experience GOD’S LOVE, and be saved through this service.