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Missionary Spotlight – Opportunities in Mozambique
March 2002
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Missionary Spotlight – Opportunities in Mozambique

Christian missionaries have freedom to work in Mozambique provided they do so responsibly. There are many opportunities. Here are some examples.   Unreached   First, northern Mozambique is an area where Islam is strong and many people have never heard the name of Christ. However, some missionaries are working in rural areas and larger towns like Nampula, Pemba and Lichinga. The civil war forced many to take refuge in cities like Maputo and Beira. There is a need for urban church planting in these places. Secondly, the non-African population of Mozambique provides a pioneer mission field. This comprises large numbers of Muslims and Hindus, various...

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Missionary Spotlight
September 2001
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Missionary Spotlight

Open doors in Mozambique What makes serving the Lord in Mozambique so exciting is knowing that the gospel is reaching many areas for the very first time. The church is in her first generation, and work done now could have a lasting impact for generations to come. What an opportunity!   Past and present   Throughout the 470 years of Portuguese colonial rule in Mozambique, the Roman Catholic Church dominated the religious scene. A few Protestant missions were allowed to establish themselves (Methodists in 1879, Swiss Presbyterians in 1881, Anglicans in 1893, and others in a post-World War I missionary surge), but they were restricted...

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Missionary Spotlight – Mozambique’s legacy
September 2001
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Missionary Spotlight – Mozambique’s legacy

In the 1300s, Arab slave traders colonised the north of Mozambique and people groups like the Yao, Makonde, Makwe and coastal Makuas were converted to a ‘folk’ Islam.   Two centuries later this Arab Islamic influence gave way to Portuguese, Roman Catholic, domination. This continued for 500 years, until Portuguese colonialism was replaced by the Communism of the Frelimo government, in 1975. Protestant missionary work in northern Mozambique did not begin until the twentieth century, when the Dutch Reformed Church began working in the Angonia highlands of Tete province (1908) and the Scottish Presbyterian Church entered the Zambezia province (1913). The Portuguese government closed both...

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September 2001
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Missionary Spotlight – Fact File – Mozambique

Fact File: Mozambique   Area: 309,496 square miles. Neighbouring countries: South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania. Environment : Mainly low-lying with a tropical climate; higher terrain in the north and west (Monte Binga 2,436 m). While drought affects its hinterland, cyclones from the Indian Ocean can bring devastating floods. The River Zambesi runs east-west across the country. Population : 19 million. Life expectancy: 37 years. AIDS takes a huge toll (infant mortality is 140 deaths/1,000 live births). Ethnic groups : Indigenous Bantu-speaking 99% (Makua, Ronga-Tswa, Lomwe, Sena-Nyungwe, Shona-Ndau, Shangaan, and others); others, including Euro-Africans, Portuguese and Indians, 1%. Languages : Portuguese (official), Swahili,...

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