Our aim in Mozambique, since 1999, has been to train Mozambicans to be missionaries to the least reached areas of Zambezia and other northern provinces in the country. We operate one of the only missions training schools in Mozambique.
We actually began working in Mozambique in 1995, training local pastors and leaders through seminars. This training would soon become an established discipleship training programme.
Mozambique has been badly broken from colonialism and decades of civil war, and back in 1995, it was considered the world’s poorest nation. The government has worked hard to strengthen the economy, lay true democratic foundations and bind up wounds from the past.
Religious freedom is another significant development in Mozambique. Between 1975 and 1982, the agenda was exclusive propagation of Marxism and “all-out war on the churches”; freedom of religion was not established until 1988.
Lay-preachers and leaders of the Mozambican church do not always have access to sound biblical training.
OM Mozambique has been changing this situation by providing training courses for them. The leaders of the local churches attend an intensive short training course at the OM Training Centre. We offer this training as often as funds allow up to four times a year.
In order to achieve our vision we offer a training programme at our training base in Mocuba that aims to train vibrant workers who will bring about community transformation and freedom in rural communities in Mozambique and beyond.
In 2018 ten students will graduate. Some will go to the rural communities in the North and East and others will return to strengthen their church’s focus and to be full time church workers. We are currently conducting workshops and discussion forums with the churches with the intention of recruiting students who will all be trained to go to our target areas. We are developing a four-level training course combining academics and practical application.
There is an OM Centre located in Incaia, in the Gaza Province of Mozambique.
It is situated right next to the main road on the way to the north of Mozambique. There are a large number of new churches with lay-pastors in the area, and the youth population is moving constantly from the rural areas to the big cities in search of money.
The Incaia base is reaching out to the churches to train them to disciple the youth and instill in them a mission’s vision. In addition, they train in leadership and church planting, which has resulted in the various churches planting 10 churches amongst the rural communities who were in bondage to witchcraft.
There is a small team working in the rural communities of Northern Mozambique with the purpose of transforming those communities with God’s love and freedom.
The communities reject schools, believing them to be evil and they are very isolated from the rest of the population. The team is building relationships; teaching language; doing youth and children’s work; farming and meeting with a small group of believers helping them to grow in faith and survive against opposition to their free choice to follow the truth. We want to move into more communities. One of our biggest challenges is finding enough financial partners for our national workers who wish to go and live in these communities.
Our Tabitha programme reaches out to the women in the villages around Mocuba offering them a chance to meet together to learn skills that will help them tackle life’s problems and provide better for their families. This involves teaching them sewing and other crafts; discussing life issues and problems as well as discipleship.
Hope on the Streets for Children helps train the church to understand children and youths who are on the streets.
We offer six modules of training covering: Trauma and Crisis and foundational needs; Intervention; Care models; Care for Care Givers; Project design and Train the Trainer. We also spread the vision amongst the churches and run discussion forums and workshops. Our aim is that the church will become a good family to street children and youths, rescuing them from a life of suffering and hopelessness. Also, that they work to prevent children from going to the streets.
We have 9 hectares of land which is partly developed into classrooms, small offices, staff housing and student accommodation.
It is greatly in need of further development to help accommodate more people and provide basic things like electricity and water. Also in future OM Mozambique would like to fence in the training base and develop part of the land to grow food for the base.