Please keep the family of Pastor Antonio Murrombe (pictured above with Randy) in your prayers. In February 2020, we planted a church with Pastor Murrombe in Nyetane. If you remember ...... that was the time when Randy's truck broke down in the middle of nowhere and had to be towed home very late at night!
In late May, Randy received a call from Pastor Bonke, Pastor Murrombe's right hand man, that pastor Murrombe had died suddenly during the night from a heart attack. We were shocked by the news and immediately did what we could to help the family during this difficult time.
He and his wife, (pictured below in the top picture on the left in the center), had 6 beautiful children together, and the youngest was around 4 years old. His wife who is from Swaziland, was now a widow with 6 children to care for. Pastor Murrombe was originally from Mozambique and much of his family was still living there. We were able to help cover the cost for his wife, and all 6 children to travel to Mozambique for the funeral. The most difficult part, was getting through the border during lockdown, because all the borders were closed to travelers ....... BUT the Lord made a way. Pastor Bonke has been extremely helpful through all of this and has been such a huge blessing.
In June, we had a food distribution for the church in Nyetane which was very encouraging for everyone. There was also a meeting with the elders in the church on how to proceed. There was mutual submission and agreement on new leadership for the church. Please continue to pray for Pastor Murrombe's wife and children as they greave the loss of their husband and father. Pray for the church family as well!