Mozambique was a Portuguese colony for 470 years until
in 1975. It was then devastated by a prolonged civil war which only came to an end in 1992. During the
war thousands of refugees poured across the borders into Malawi: the Lord graciously drew many to Himself
and ZEC established congregations among them.
Although Portuguese is the main language of the country Chichewa is commonly spoken in these border
regions making it relatively easy for the new Churches to continue their ZEC connections when the time
came to return to their home country.
Today the ZEC Churches in Mozambique, now with their own Synod and about 20,000 members are located
in three main regions –
across Malawi's western border around the towns of Vila
Ulongwe and Tete
in the Nsanje district across Malawi's southernmost border
to the east working across the border from Nthorowa.
The rural Church at Nchesa ZEC which has 150 members and 100 children,
together with three Prayer Houses (Fellowships it has planted out)
ZEC has found it difficult
to finance outreach into Mozambique but since 1992 some of its leaders, pastors and evangelists have
frequently visited for special meetings and for Gospel crusades.
ZAMBESI MISSION finds sponsorship for some of the Church planting evangelists and seeks to give encouragement
and support to the Mozambican Churches in as many ways as possible.
Urgent needs include ~ Bibles, teaching resources, tin roofs for church buildings, Christian literature,
Sunday School materials and sports equipment for young people.
As in Malawi, ZEC Churches in Mozambique have thriving ladies and youth groups. They are also active in evangelism and church planting.
Mrs Ruth Smart, ZEC Ladies Coordinator.
Pastor David Waite, ZEC Coordinator of Evangelism and Church Planting.