Breaking the Cycle of Poverty through Discovery, Partnership, and Empowerment of godly Mozambican leaders.

Visiting FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions20150426474

 

  • What ministry opportunities will I have in Mozambique?

    • You can see the rest of our website for an idea of our ongoing projects to equip Mozambicans and serve Peniel, our partner church. Peniel has services almost every day of the week, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to go to prayer services, youth meetings, Bible studies and more. Several other missionaries in the area are involved in ministries that you could help out with, so you may have the opportunity to participate in widow’s ministry, prison ministry, or a bush outreach. If you have any specific skills or ministry interests that align with our overall purpose and vision, please contact us and we can let you know what specific ministry openings will be available during your visit.

  • Will I have an interpreter?

    • The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese. There are some people in the church who speak English, and translation is usually provided during church services when there are English-speakers present. We will be sure to provide an interpreter for you as needed; however, if you make an effort to learn Portuguese, most of the people here will go out of their way to help you communicate. Asking for help with your language skills can be a great way to build friendships, and 

    • many people will be eager to learn English from you, as well.

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What should I bring?

 

    • Clothes

                • Men

                  • Men can wear jeans or long shorts (to the knee) for casual days, but bring nicer pants and collared shirts for church services or when preaching/ministering. For swimming please bring trunks, not speedos.

                • Women

                  • Being modest is extremely important for the Christian culture here. Please only wear pants, capris, dresses, or skirts that cover your knees at all times, whether standing or sitting. For shirts, don’t wear anything super tight, low-cut, or that reveals the midriff. For church services and ministry opportunities, plan to dress up with long skirts or “capulanas” (African wrap skirts), especially if you plan to venture out of the city into “The Bush”. For swimming, please bring one-piece suits with shorts or tank tops and shorts.

    • Shoes

      • We often do quite a lot of walking, so make sure to bring shoes that are comfortable. Flip-flops and sandals are nice for hot weather, tennis shoes are handy when you need something with a little more protection. It’s good to have some dress shoes for Sunday, and if you’re coming during the rainy season and want to be extra prepared, you can always bring your boots.

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  • Other Items
    • A headlamp or flashlight

    • Towel / Washcloth

    • Plug adaptors for your electronics. Mozambique runs on 220 V/50 Hz and the plugs are usually type C or F (two round holes, the same type that’s used in Eastern Europe). Built-in surge protection on your adaptor could also be a good idea.

    • Camera

    • Notebook and pen

    • If you’re coming during the rainy season, it would be smart to bring an umbrella or raincoat (see weather question below for seasons).

    • If you go on a bush outreach, we recommend you bring:

      • Tent

      • Sleeping bag

      • A backpacker’s water filter that removes all dirt, bacteria, and biological material

  • What is the weather generally like?
    • Since we are in the Southern Hemisphere, our seasons are reversed for many of our Northern visitors. Summer is from about October through April, and winter is May through September. Summer time is often rainy (especially November through February) and VERY HOT. Days are often over 100 F (37 C), and even at night sometimes it does not cool much below 80 F (26 C). In the winter time it is usually dry and you can expect daytime temps between 70-80 and nights from 40-50, so if you are coming especially June-August make sure you bring some warmer clothes, particularly for evenings and bed.

  • What can I bring to bless you?
    • Our list of needs is always changing, so please let us know directly if you want to bring anything for us and we will send you the most recent and updated list!

  • What will my accommodations be like?

    • We are already 5 people living in a three-bedroom apartment, so visiting us means becoming part of the family! We can accommodate individuals or small groups here at the house, but large teams will probably have to stay at a nearby guesthouse. Our church is in the process of constructing a new building that will have guest accommodations, so that will be an option in future. Unless we tell you otherwise, we will make sure to provide beds, bedding and mosquito nets for your use.

  • What sort of transportation is available?chappa

    • We have a minivan that we use for most of our transport, but Beira also has buses, chappas (16-seater vans), and chopellas (3-seater covered scooters) that are inexpensive and can get you just about anywhere you need to go. Using the public transportation is a great way to get into the culture and we can show you how to navigate around town.

  • 12045642 10206233402648319 2738764378984615398 oWhat sort of shopping is available?

    • Beira is the second-largest city in Mozambique, so you can buy just about anything you’ll need. Since we’re trying to support the local economy, we usually shop at the markets and little stores as much as possible, but you can always go by the supermarket to pick up items that can’t be found elsewhere. There are also nice souvenir markets with jewelry, art, clothes and purses made out of capulana material, and hand-carved items from local craftspeople where you can find some gifts for friends and family members back home.

  • What is the food like?

    • Mozambicans eat a lot of rice and xima (coarsely ground corn that cooks up to about the consistency of American grits). They usually top these things with beans, meat, fish, or veggies in some sort of sauce. We generally cook for ourselves here at the house. Our food isn’t exactly ‘American’, but you are also welcome to use our kitchen and cook for yourself sometimes. If there are any American "comfort foods" that you cannot do without, feel free to bring them. There are several nice restaurants here, so eating out will also be an option.

  • How can I get local money?

    • The two main ways to get money are to either bring US dollars, South African rand, or euros (please, no Canadian dollars, British pounds or any other currency) and exchange it here, or bring a bank debit card (Visa only) and withdraw money from an ATM. You get a better exchange rate with the cash, but it means you have to travel very carefully with lots of money on you. We could take care of exchanging your money when you arrive if you decide to go that route, or we can show you where to find the ATMs here in Beira. The conversion rate fluctuates a little, but right now it’s about 35 Meticais per US dollar. We can determine the most recent exchange rates for other types of currency when you arrive.

  • What are my internet/cell phone options?

    • We recommend you do NOT bring a laptop, partly because of the risk of theft and also because of the distraction it can be from the purpose of your visit. There are inexpensive internet cafes for you to use for staying in touch. You can also bring an UNLOCKED GSM cell phone and buy a Mozambican SIM card. The cell phone system is ‘prepaid’, so you buy airtime and then make calls or send texts. It's about 70 cents per minute to make international calls, but once you have your own number your family and friends back home can buy international calling cards and call you for much cheaper. You can also access internet this way. If you do not bring an unlocked phone, we do have one “dumb” phone available here for visitor use, so for teams only the team leader will be able to use it for on-the-ground communications.

  • Should I carry ID on me at all times?

    • Yes, please carry NOTARIZED copies of your passport and visa with you at all times. It's very important that you have a notary stamp on them or they won't be accepted as legitimate. It is better not to carry your real passport around to avoid losing it.

  • What are the vaccination requirements/health risks for Mozambique?

    • Immunizations

      • There are no travel vaccines required by the Mozambican government unless you are from or traveling through a country that has a risk of yellow fever, in which case you should carry a proof of vaccination on your person. The "routine" shots are some of the most important: measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT), polio, and hepatitis A and B. We also reccommend getting the typhoid shot, which may only be available at a travel clinic.

    • Malaria

      • Malaria is less of a risk here in the city than it is in other locations; however, it is advisable to take precautions. We will be sure to provide you with a mosquito net for protection at night. Other ways of avoiding the possibility of malaria are to apply bug repellent, wear long sleeves/pants when you’re going to be in an area with a lot of mosquitoes and to stay inside at dusk. The incidence of malaria is higher in the rainy season (October-May), so during that time we REQUIRE our visitors to take a malaria prophylaxis. For the dry season (June-September) we simply RECOMMEND taking it, as contracting malaria is still a risk. You will need a prescription for the prophylaxis, so you'll have to see your doctor. The two we recommend are called Malarone and Doxycycline. Malarone is generally more expensive but also more reliable.

  • Will I need traveler’s insurance?

    • Yes, you are free to do your own research on this but we recommend the insurance company Seven Corners.

  • How can I get a visa?

    • You can no longer get a visa at the airport or border, so you MUST get a visa before you leave! Once your visit dates are confirmed, we will e-mail you an official letter of invitation and we can explain the process further.

  • Are there any travel/luggage restrictions I should know about?

    • That will depend on the airline and the route that you take. Most airlines are pretty strict about their weight limits and some charge outrageous overage fees, so pay close attention and weigh your bags before you go to the airport.

  • What are the cultural differences/expectations I should be aware of?

    • Mozambicans are usually very warm and friendly. One of the commonest greetings, especially among women, is a kiss on each cheek. This is less common in man/woman and man/man greetings, where the more usual practice is just to exchange a handshake.

    • Definitely learn how to greet people:

      • Good morning: Bom dia!

      • Good afternoon: Boa tarde!

      • Good evening: Boa noite!

      • Anytime at church: Paz! (which means “peace!”)

    • Even though Mozambique is one of the poorest nations in the world and you’ll see lots of unusual sights, please be sensitive about the things you stare at and photograph. You wouldn’t want someone coming to your country and taking photos of homeless people and trash dumps to represent your country to all of their friends back home, so please show the same consideration here.

    • We addressed the issue of female modesty in the “what to pack” section, and while it is very important, keep in mind that the definitions of modesty in the West and in Mozambique are very different. Showing the knees is scandalous and should be avoided at all times, but don’t be surprised to see women breastfeeding their babies in public with no covering!

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What is worship at Peniel like?

    • Passionate, authentic, and life-changing! At church you will frequently see people speaking in tongues, physically healed, delivered from demonic oppression, and touched by the Holy Spirit in very tangible ways. Some visitors, if they are coming from less charismatic church backgrounds, might be a bit out of their comfort zone at first. However, we challenge you to read about the New Testament church and participate with an open mind. Jesus said that we can know whether something is from Him or the devil by its fruit (Matt 7:16-20), and the life transformation that we see in these people is real; the fruit is very good. So even if this is not familiar for you, please come with an open heart to see the Kingdom through new eyes!  
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