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Mozambique

Republic of Mozambique

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Geography

Area: 799,380 sq km

The Zambezi and 24 other rivers divide the 2,800 km-long land and make north-south travel difficult.

Population: 23,405,670    Annual Growth: 2.35%

Capital: Maputo

Urbanites: 38.4%

HDI Rank: 172 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 62 (15% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Portuguese, understood by less than 30%    Languages: 53 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians10,878,95546.482.6
Evangelicals2,606,51211.15.4

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Challenges for Prayer

Bible translation and distribution. The Bible Society has a bookshop and depots, but ministry is limited by a lack of Bibles, funds, distribution means and low literacy. Audio Scriptures (Faith Comes By Hearing) are increasingly available. Bible Society translation projects are underway in Ronga, Bitonga, Chopi, Lomwe, Mozambique Shangana and Makhuwa of Nampula. SIL projects in progress are Sena, Nyungwe, Takwane, Koti, Mwani, Makhuwa of Cabo Delgado, Makonde and Ngoni. Chuwabo translation started in 2009 as a joint SIL-Bible Society project. NTM started Bible translation in Lolo. Further work in Bible translation and use is possibly needed in Ndau and Tawara. Pray for the 17 translation projects in progress.

Christian help ministries for prayer:

a) Literature ministry is hampered by the same problems that hamper Bible distribution, plus, there is a lack of materials in most languages. Those who can read are desperate for literature, which is very hard to obtain. CLC has a bookstore in Maputo. FIEL (Faithful Publishers) has one in Nampula. There is significant potential to import second-hand Christian books from Brazil. Agencies outside the country have done much to send in good evangelistic literature but need to branch out beyond Portuguese.

b) Radio is used of God in church planting and teaching. Both TWR and FEBA have studios in Mozambique, and there are more than 10 Christian stations around the country. Several hours per day, programmes in Portuguese and nine other indigenous languages are broadcast on FM, medium and shortwave.

c) The JESUS film is widely used among refugees and in some areas in Mozambique. The film is translated into nineteen languages in Mozambique; pray for these translations to be fully utilized to reach many.

d) Audio Scripture is a highly effective means of propagating the gospel. GRN has Christian audio materials in 27 languages and dialects. SIL produces audio Scriptures from translated portions.

e) Development programmes by Christian agencies are welcomed by the government; these are great in scope of blessing, but the needs are enormous and great discernment is required. In addition to the relief efforts that traditional missions and denominations are engaged in, more specialist groups such as WVI, World Relief, Food for the Hungry, Mennonite Central Committee and others supply basic needs to many. MAF (based in Nampula) and others have several planes involved in these programmes, but flying conditions are tricky. Pray that the love of Christ will be evident in all of this and that it will serve to strengthen and extend the church.

     For an additional 6 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Mozambique.