Over 20 years ago Sybil Baloyi felt the Lord calling her from her job as a nurse in South Africa to war torn Mozambique. Through her obedience, Sybil started sharing the gospel to kids playing soccer, which then turned into over 100 kids' clubs throughout the area of Chokwe. Through those, 1000s of kids have heard the gospel of Jesus. Her dreams didn’t stop there. In 2012, not only did the government approve of, but greatly encouraged the opening of a private Christian school which serves children who pay tuition as well as those who are orphaned and vulnerable. The school not only provides empowerment through education to the children, but also a safe space where children can learn about Jesus and be loved and cared for.
The school continues to grow every year. Starting with just preschool, the school now serves up to seventh grade and is in need of more space. Pleasant Valley had the immense privilege of visiting Hlauleka (the name of the school, which means “Holy Ones” derived from Leviticus 19:2) in the summer of 2018. At that time, God led Pastor Chad and Pastor Sammy to partner with Sybil to raise the total amount of funds for the new school building.
Lucky & sonnet
Lucky and Sonnet Minsi met at a mission’s conference. Lucky knew Sonnet was the one as soon as he met her. They have been married for 14 years now and have 2 boys, Caleb and John.
Lucky and Sonnet have been working as missionaries in Mozambique for the past 14 years. They pastor three churches in different villages surrounding Chokwe and have a heart for raising up young men to be pastors. Through their ministry in the villages, they noticed that children stopped going to school once high school came around because of the long distance they had to travel each day to get there. They saw an opportunity to help during the school year, taking students into their own home that is closer to the local high school. Lucky and Sonnet also spend a significant amount of time with the students, discipling them, doing homework with them, teaching them how to cook and clean, etc.
Right now, they currently have three young women staying in their home, but are at capacity. To be able to provide more housing to more students, they bought the land behind them with the hopes to build a guest house that would house 16 students at a time.