Don & Elizabeth Kantel

June 2016 Don & Elizabeth Kantel Update

Iris has changed dramatically over the 12 years Don and Elizabeth have served as missionaries in Mozambique…as has the country itself.

Today, Iris is facing the future as a diverse and well-organized missions organization…still under the inspiring leadership of its Founders, Heidi and Rolland Baker, but with a leadership structure that includes a generation of younger missionaries in their 20’s and 30’s. Don and Elizabeth are among a handful of “veterans” who see their role as helping the younger generation take their rightful place in leadership for the future.

March 2015 Don & Elizabeth Kantel Update

Adversity comes in many forms: natural, human, and spiritual. In the Western world, with its history of Christian influence in social and personal values, there is a degree of what’s sometimes called “common grace” that seems to protect societies and nations from wide-scale extremes of adversity. But Mozambique has no such history of Christian influence in culture and society. And that is profoundly evident as missionaries seek to establish a beachhead for the gospel for the first time in the nation’s history. Recurring natural calamities set back many attempts to move the country forward.

September 2014 Don & Elizabeth Kantel Update

Missionary service in a setting like northern Mozambique is usually a case of two steps forward, one step backward. And that’s on the good days! We have to keep reminding ourselves that the church is in its infancy here. There is no Christian history in this region and there are no Christian values embedded in the local tribal culture. So we shouldn’t realistically expect people who encounter Jesus for the first time to advance quickly on an unbroken path toward Christian maturity. Yes, the gospel has been widely and enthusiastically embraced.

April 2014 Don & Elizabeth Kantel Update

Many of our friends and ministry partners will have heard about the severe rains and resulting flooding in Northern Mozambique in March. We returned from Canada to Pemba just as the rains were finally letting up…and faced the full impact of the devastation.

Our own house was filled with mold from the heat, humidity, and rainwater that got in. All clothing, bedding, furniture, walls, and ceilings were covered. The smell was disgusting…and after a few weeks of washing and re-washing everything, there has only been some improvement.

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