COVID-19 put the world into unknown territory. As something new happened in the world, something new was happening in Mozambique. Four students traveled to Mozambique, unaware that a historic world lockdown would soon occur. Planes, busses, and 4x4s carried them over sea and dusty, sandy roads to reach our base in Inhambane, Mozambique. These students arrived just weeks before worldwide lockdowns forced border closures and flight cancelations. They were there to experience a move of God and connect with Him in a new way as participants in the first ever Advanced Mission Training outside of Zambia. Little did they know how different it would be! The sense wasn’t one of fear, but of excitement! “This is going to be an adventure,” thought one student because, “nobody else got to have their AMT during a world lockdown!” It would indeed be a special moment for these students.
Technology mixed with the timeless message of the cross as Overland staff, unable to travel, taught class after class via Zoom calls and recorded messages. The Spirit of God moved without restraint as revival meetings were broadcast to Mozambique from around the world, sparking revival. Ministry was not typical, but it was wonderful. Prevented from doing more than one expedition, the students ministered to the team and the local people. Everyday as the sun rose over the Indian Ocean, there rose in the hearts of these students a new understanding that no matter what the situation around them, God is not limited, and His plans cannot be thwarted. Three of those students have joined our staff with Overland, having been so changed by their experience that they are ready to sow their lives into the nations for the sake of the Gospel. AMT looked different in Mozambique this year, but the focus was still the same: Gospel, people, and the power of the cross.