Our Mission Director Mike Beresford recently visited eastern Mozambique with our Field Director Simon Chikwana, the Regional Superintendent for Zambezi Evangelical Church (ZEC) in the southern region of Malawi Pastor Anthony Moloseni (pronounced Morrisson) and two leaders from ZEC Mozambique: the Chairman Ps Duwe and General Secretary Ps Chaleca Dimba. Their objective was to meet with and encourage the church planters in eastern Mozambique.
They met up at Milange in Mozambique and then travelled to the ZEC church at Chitsulo. zambesi mission is planning to provide iron sheets for the church at Chitsulo. The church currently meets under a tree. At Milange they met with and encouraged the new church planter Pastor Lifred Mulanje.
Pastor Mulanje - newly appointed church planter at Milange
They travelled to visit our other church planters at Coromana, Mecanhelas and Chiradzulu. Joshua Misomali is the pastor at Coromana.
Joshua Misomali and family
They visited Pastor Rafael Waissone at Micanhelas - due to generous gifts from our supporters the church has been able to buy the land and the church building that they have been using temporarily.
The church at Micanhelas
Pastor Rafael Waissone and family
We went to the very remote church at Chiradzulu and to the nearby Prayer House at Muhuruni in eastern Mozambique. Even basic necessities such as clean water are problematic here. The pastor at Chiradzulu is called Innocent Moffat. Pastor Innocent Moffat is in his fourth and final year of support from zambesi mission . Church planters receive a small allowance from zm for a limited period to support the church as it grows, but each church is encouraged to quickly become self-sustaining. In our discussions with the church about supporting their pastor a woman told us "there is hunger in this area, there is no money for food or soap. If the pastor goes to bed hungry it is the same as us. Sometimes we only manage to get one meal a day, sometimes we get none." Yet this church fed us with generous quantities of rice, chicken, nsima (mashed corn meal) and eggs in tomato sauce. We were so humbled by their generosity. And the lady who spoke about hunger was the one who led the church as they worshipped God.
Worship outside Muhurini Prayer House near Chiradzulu
The lady who led the worship at Muhuruni Prayer House showed us the reality of Habakkuk's prayer "
Though the fig-tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. The Sovereign Lord is my strength. Habakkuk 3:17-19a.