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Mozambique


Mozambique  

World Convention is currently building a global reference for the  countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ Congregations. Of the 193 United Nations States, the Stone-Campbell Movement exists in 174. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 194 countries where there is at least one representation of our churches.

Rather than waiting for comprehensive, complete information we are putting up the details we have available. If you can correct or add to this information, please contact the World Convention Office with details at gary@worldconvention.org.

Background

The Republic of Mozambique (Portuguese: Moçambique or República de Moçambique, pronounced: [ʁɛˈpublikɐ di musɐ̃ˈbiki]), is a country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest. The capital and largest city is Maputo (previously called Lourenço Marques before independence). After over four centuries of Portuguese rule, Mozambique gained independence in 1975.

Religion

Christians 56.1%, Muslims 17.9%, 7.3% animism, and 18.7% have no religious beliefs.

Stone-Campbell Presence

Between 1946 and 1951, Churches of Christ had a radio broadcast in English from Mozambique with Reuel Lemons as the featured speaker. Stone-Campbell churches in Mozambique began through the work of Dias Bento Feliciano, who had joined Churches of Christ while living in Nyasaland in 1959. Returning home, he later worked with Carlos Esteves and other missionaries from Portugal and Brazil.  Churches of Christ also have roots dating back to 1960 or earlier, when a group of former Scottish Presbyterians arrived there and became known as the Evangelical Church of Christ. Other missionaries include Manuel and Pam Oliveira who worked in the area of populous Maputo, Mozambique’s capital, Brian and Susan Johnson who came to Mozambique from the Crawley-Gatwick Church of Christ in West Sussex, United Kingdom to work with a new church in Beira, Mozambique, and Alan and Rachel Howell in Montepuez. The International Churches of Christ have a congregation in Maputo.

In 1992 missionaries arrived from North American Christian Churches/Churches of Christ to lead the Maputo Biblical and Theological Seminary to train local evangelists. Southland Christian Church (Kentucky) works in Mozambique by partnering with Food for the Hungry to serve three villages in a church-strengthening program to help teach the people to grow and maintain sustainable food. New Missions Systems International (NMSI), associated with Christian Churches/Churches of Christ sponsors agricultural and business missions in Mozambique.

 

Christian Churches in Brazil have sent missionaries to Mozambique.

 

 

 

 

 

Created by Gary Holloway, October 11, 2013

Contact Information

A. National Office

 

B. Congregational Information

For a more complete history of Churches of Christ in Mozambique, see http://www.makuateam.org/MT/News/CofC%20History%20in%20Mozambique.pdf

C. Educational Institutions

 

D. Social Service Ministries

 

E. Magazines/Periodicals

 

F. International Ministries

New Missions Systems International http://nmsi.org

G. Conventions/Lectureships/Assemblies/Forums/Conferences

 

H. Points of Interest