Upcoming Mission Trip to Mozambique
One of the first things that jump out at you when you arrive in any number of the poor countries throughout Africa is the things that they don’t have. Mozambique is one of those places in the world where, after only a few hours there, visitors begin to miss modern amenities. Despite the recent growth of its gross domestic product, the country remains one of the poorest and most underdeveloped nations in the world.
A movement for the Liberation of Mozambique started in 1965 and after 10 years of sporadic warfare Mozambicans took control of their country. Within a year, most of the 250,000 Portuguese nationals in Mozambique had left – some expelled by the government of the nearly independent territory and others fleeing in fear – and in 1975 Mozambique gained its independence from Portugal.
Shortly thereafter, the country was afflicted by a long and violent civil war between opposition forces within the country that lasted from 1977 to 1992. An estimated one million Mozambicans died during the civil war, it created 1.7 million refugees in neighboring countries, and several million more were internally displaced.
As you can see Mozambique has plenty of reasons not to have many of the things that help provide us comfort and convenience. When we focus our attention on the things a community does not have, we always think that solutions must come from the outside, from the top down. But with a different approach, one that focuses on the God-given abilities, skills, and resources of that community, we realize that the community itself has the capacity to solve their own problems.
When you attend church, you experience an entirely different Mozambique – it is a vibrant and joyful place full of dancing and celebrating the salvation and freedom found in Christ Jesus. It is a church full of opportunities to serve, where everyone finds ways to help their neighbors. It is a young church in a young country, where almost half of the population is children under the age of 15. It is a church with great potential that has discovered that its strength comes from the mutual cooperation among the 115 churches scattered throughout the country.
Much remains to be done, but local leadership has dreams and plans for the Mozambican church:
A national plan for church planting in each of the 97 districts that do not yet have a church
To develop more leaders and strengthen the three Bible institutes that exist today
To seek national unity (there are six major ethics groups in Mozambique)
To train and equip all believers to present the good news of Jesus
God is at work in this amazing country and we, as a Calvary family, are privileged to help support the body of Christ in Mozambique in a small way. Would you consider joining us in working alongside local believers to help accomplish the dreams they have for their country and church?
In November 2017, Calvary will take its first mission trip to Mozambique and if your heart is for evangelism and adventure we would love for you to join us. For more information please contact Wallace Costa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By: Wallace Costa