ccm Cross 0023
January 28, 2012

Apostolic Faith Mission
Xai-Xai, Mozambique
ccm Cross #0023

GPS/DMS 25.0605° S, 33.6959° ECross 0023 Xai Xai Mozambique WEB 01

Additional photos after Testimony

2946 cdd Blind Sight
Cyber Daily Devotion by Pastor Bill
Volume 13 Number 034

Today’s Author: Pastor Bill

Scripture: John 9:25b
“One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” NKJV

My name is Pastor Vitorino Macome and my wife is Mariann from Xai-Xai (Pronounced Shy-Shy), Mozambique, Africa.

(Please consider this as we learn about Pastor Vitorino Macome:
1. He is a retired police officer.
2. Spent the last half of life preaching and teaching about Jesus and the cross.
3. Established ten churches in and around Xai-Xai. (Pronounced Shy-Shy)
4. Previously never had a cross erected
5. Recently suffered a heart attack and watched as we planted his cross.)

Pastor Macome was a tough guy. You know the type —  the kind that gets whatever they want no matter what or who they have to crush to get it. As a policeman he had the ability and authority — no one could stand in his way.

In 1975 Vitorino and his wife Marianne were attending a church meeting and a missionary from the Apostolic Faith Mission in South Africa was preaching — this was his time and he experienced Jesus for real. That night he gave his life to Christ and everything changed.

They started attending church and learning the Bible — it became real and personal for him. The more he learned the more he wanted to share about the blood Jesus shed on the cross to bring forgiveness into his life and set him free.

Vitorino went to Bible school in South Africa and learned everything he could while learning all he could from the mentors in the church. He started to street witness.  Soon he was evangelizing everywhere in Xai-Xai. The last part of his life he would be Pastor Macome and everything would be different because of Jesus.

Over the next few years Pastor Macome and Maryann set out to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. They soon had established 4 churches and were set to add more when tragedy struck. First mama Maryann came down with intestine problems. She went to doctor after doctor with no relief. Every day was a struggle with the pain in her gut.

Then Pastor Macome was stricken with blindness. Doctors could not pin point the cause of his blindness and determined that surgery would not help.

It was clear the attacks were demonic to hinder their ministry and deliverance was needed.

The churches were praying for their leader and his wife. Two missionaries from Apostolic Faith Mission in South Africa showed up for a Sunday service. The Lord had called them to set Pastor Macome and his wife free.

That Sunday Pastor Macome and Maryann were both set free from their physical problems. it was a glorious time of rejoicing for everyone. Maryann was pain free and Pastor Macome could once again see. It was confirmation that they were needed for the kingdom and they wasted no time.

They immediately increased evangelizing the message of the cross — over the next season in their lives six more churches were established. That made a total of 10 churches preaching the cross — but not one had a cross — that is until now!

Pastor Macome always wanted a cross for the churches because it is his passion to teach and preach about the cross. From the beginning the cross has been part of the church logo. He prayed diligently that God would provide a for a cross. Our friend Johan Lourens from South Africa showed up for a Xai-Xai, Mozambique crusade and mentioned we might come and plant a cross for him. Pastor Macome was delighted by the idea of finally having a cross.

We had not been to Mozambique and confirmed we could do it. Pastor Macome and Maryann were excited about receiving their cross — a large cross for Jesus Christ that he had been preaching about for half of his life.

The Lord sent us to deliver a cross — it is ccm cross #0023 and interesting enough that because the bridge washed out in Mozambique we had to do it the old fashioned way — we built it from scratch. And the lumber yard only had lumber on hand that when it was constructed made it the heaviest and largest cross we have ever planted.

(Our friend Johan Lourens has been in touch with Pastor Macome by phone and reports that he is doing well and getting stronger every day since we prayed for him. PTL!)

Prayer:Father thank you for making a way where there was no way for Pastor Macome to have the cross he has prayed for all these many years. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

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Lady on the mat is Maryann Macome sorting peanuts
and Pastor Vitorino Macome is straight above her.

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The hole diggers were so enthusiastic they
dug too far down so we had to back fill some

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The lumber store manager graciously allowed us
to assemble the cross in his yard where we had
use of his power hand tools – PTL!

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Setting the cross beam

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Tightening nuts and bolts

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Preparing transportation for the cross

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Lifting cross on to the truck

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Ready to go

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The truck driver drove so fast they beat us to the church!
When we arrived they were setting the cross on the ground.

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The kids all gathered around to watch

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Two ropes went onto trees to help pull the extra heavy cross up

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Lifting the cross

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Up

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Up

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“Fire in the Hole”
Giving God Glory

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Steady and ready for cement

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Pastor Carol and team of works celebrate
“Fire in the Hole”

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Pastor Carol and church intercessors all give a shout
to the Lord as the cross is an answer to their prayers

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We returned the next day (Sunday)
Pastor Carol preaching on “Power in the Tongue”

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Church sign and Cross logo in
Portuguese and English

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Pastor Bill teaching on verse engraved on the plaque:
1 Corinthians 1:18
“For the message of the cross
is foolishness
to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved
it is the power of God”
NKJV

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Dedication of Cross
“Declaring God’s Glory”

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Mozambique
“Declaring God’s Glory”

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