A Holy Moment

When you serve God and love people, sometimes God gives you a “holy moment.” Dara Vanden Bosch, ASM’s Compassionate Care Coordinator, explains. Click on the play button to hear the full story from Dara. Since the 2021 Mozambique Container had just arrived, thanks to your generosity, at the appropriate moment, Dara...

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More Than Ever Before

How often do you suppose you’ve heard or read John 3:16? I was raised in a Christian family, and became a follower of Jesus at age 13.  If I calculate hearing or reading John 3:16 even once a month since then, it’s conceivable that I’ve heard the Truth of that...

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4+ TONS OF LOVE — ARRIVED SAFELY

Your prayers were answered! On 30 July the 40-foot container you helped send to Mozambique arrived safely, filled with much-needed audio recording and agricultural equipment, medical and humanitarian supplies. Despite some intense adventures with a winch and chain snapping while hoisting the already-unloaded 4-ton container off the truck, we praise...

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Roda

Pain.  Loneliness.  Hopelessness.  Covered in the gloom of despair.  These were the daily realities Roda faced, with no end in sight.  When Dara Vanden Bosch, ASM Compassionate Care Coordinator, and her team first visited her, Roda was grateful for the blanket they provided, “so there will be something nice to...

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The “G” In Partnership

That isn’t a typo and YES you did read that right.   Of course, there really isn’t a “g” in the spelling of the word partnership, at least not in its English spelling!  Yet, there is a “g” in partnerships at Audio Scripture Ministries (ASM) because the ‘“g” represents Gospel Partnerships.  ASM...

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2,698 Cubic Feet of Love

What real difference can one hand-knitted hat make in someone’s life, you might wonder.  The 3 or 4 hours you invested in knitting each hat, choosing just the right yarn and pattern, praying for the person who will wear it, is making a difference in Mozambique.  “People here in rural...

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God Knew…

“Not a day goes by that we don’t use something that came in the last container,” is a statement often said by Chad and Dara Vanden Bosch. Only God knew how crucial the 2019 Container would be for the Vanden Bosch’s continued ministry in Mozambique, as the pandemic shut down...

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New Harvest Farm Update

For the average family in central Mozambique, it has been a painful start to 2021. Two back-to-back cyclones in January brought 10-15 inches of sudden rain. Because 90% of the community are subsistence farmers, living off whatever they can grow in an acre or so, this was devastating. As Chad...

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Arts in Health

Why Send Art Supplies to Mozambique? A few years ago, after many challenges in Mozambique, an adoption that was making us feel “trapped” (within a small radius in a foreign land with a small support system), someone said to me, “Dara, go back to your younger self. Who were you...

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Mozambique: Your Investment Equipping Leaders

It’s about people. Stepping into the midst of heart-wrenching stories of extreme poverty, abuse, alcoholism, and spiritual bondage—with the hope of Jesus Christ. Serving, learning, training, equipping and investing in people. This model of evangelism and discipleship isn’t always the easiest way to do mission, but Chad and Dara Vanden...

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“Let Us Not Grow Weary”

Mozambique is considered one of the poorest countries in the world (usatoday.com), a situation compounded by social and political upheavel.  “Wars and rumors of war” (Matthew 24) can be a daily reality for many Mozambicans. Our Compassionate Care (CC) Team is on the front lines of serving the critically ill and...

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God Will Make a Way

As ASM Africa Director Chad Vanden Bosch stood waiting along a hot, dusty stretch of road in central Mozambique, a well-used bus slowed to a crawl, as its brakes loudly protested. A hand holding a small bubble-wrapped package was thrust out the door. This little package, which had been hand-carried...

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Meet Estêvão

“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act” (Psalm 37:5, ESV) is one of Estêvão (Steve) Macambaco’s favorite Bible verses.  Steve says this verse is an important reminder that God is our Provider: “We need to give everything to God and have confidence that He...

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From Pain to Praise

“God is in heaven and you are His angels,” a patient told ASM’s Mozambique Compassionate Care Team.  As hospitals in the region prepared for the spread of COVID-19 earlier this year, unfortunately, some basic health care needs were not met.  Fernando, a young teacher, had called the Compassionate Care Team...

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Where Can I Get One?

Above the noise of the busy roadside market a voice cut through—causing people to stop and listen.  What was this voice?  What was it saying? Both shoppers and merchants gathered around and marveled as they heard God’s Word in their heart language coming from a little box.  What is this? ...

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Community Sees New Hope

Prepare the soil, plant the seeds, bring in the harvest. It might sound simple, but being without access to tools and updated agricultural methods means many obstacles to a successful crop, even before the devastating cyclones earlier this year in Mozambique. In the Mozambican communities where ASM teams serve, many...

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Hope in the Wake of the Storm

Cyclone Idai was one of the worst-ever cyclones to hit the Southern Hemisphere. In March 2019, it roared on shore at Beira, Mozambique, with 120 mph winds and torrential rain, leaving a path of death and destruction. More than 2 million people were impacted by the storm, losing family members,...

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Tilling the Soil

After years of seeing friends and neighbors in the fertile land of Mozambique be stuck in a seemingly endless cycle of poverty and food crisis, ASM Africa Director Chad Vanden Bosch felt God leading him to expand their ministry. Building on the well-received audio Bible recording and distribution process, and...

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Distributions in Mozambique

Article by Lyndsey Koh at Mission Network News Mozambique (MNN) — If you only had one Bible in your family, would it be hard to share? Audio Scripture Ministries knows families in Mozambique who face this conundrum. ASM has served for nearly a decade in Mozambique, recording and distributing audio Bibles. Since...

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Audio Scripture Ministries in 360°

The Audio Scripture Ministries (ASM) Team has been exploring new ways of telling the stories of people whose lives have been changed by God’s Word. Not everyone can go in person to participate in the work in Mozambique, Mexico, or India. ASM Africa Director Chad Vanden Bosch recently developed several...

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Whatever It Takes

The ASM Mozambique Team braved terrible road conditions and unseasonably rainy weather in order to distribute nearly 500 audio Bibles in early July. Their ten-day-long journey led them to nine different locations throughout rural Mozambique. During one particularly wet audio Bible distribution, three men arrived—soaking wet—on their bicycles. These men...

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Mozambique Urgently Requesting Audio Bibles

(Interview with ASM begins at 1:34) Article by Lyndsey Koh at Mission Network News Mozambique (MNN) — Like dry and parched earth immediately soaking up the gift of rain, the people of Mozambique are thirsty for God’s Word. And every time Audio Scripture Ministries goes to do an audio Bible distribution...

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Joy

The Mozambique Compassionate Care Team ministers daily to people with a wide range of debilitating or incurable diseases. Dara Vanden Bosch, ASM Compassionate Care Ministries Coordinator, says her Mozambican team focuses on palliative care and seeks to comfort and encourage patients. Weekly visits help Dara and her team track the...

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Perseverance

On a recent trip to northern Mozambique, ASM Africa Director Chad Vanden Bosch and his team traveled to a remote village to distribute audio Bibles. When they arrived, rain began to pour and it appeared as though no one had come out to meet the team. Suddenly, people began flowing...

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Bringing Hope in Mozambique

Recently, while visiting a patient with end-stage AIDS, my team had the opportunity to spend the majority of the visit sharing the Gospel with a very ill young woman. From previous experience we know well the urgency for someone to understand the Gospel when in such a state. On this...

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