Mozambique is situated along the south eastern coast of Africa, and is a complicated land of many contradictions.
It is rich in natural resources, yet the average person struggles to survive.
It has beautiful scenery, yet the land is continuously damaged through exploitation.
It has people who are brilliantly creative, yet just can't get ahead no matter how hard they try.
There is no denying the challenges that this nation faces, but many still dare to hope for a better tomorrow.
Human Development Index
About the HDI
The Human Development Index is a statistic generated by combining a nation’s health, education, and average income to determine how “developed” a country is. On the UN website, out of 189 nations on this list Mozambique falls at number 181, one of the bottom 10 in the world. Here are some of Mozambique’s specific stats that contribute to underdevelopment:
- Life expectancy – 60
- Average years of school – 3.5
- Gross National Income per capita – $1,250
History of Mozambique
War has been such a way of life for the nation that even the flag features a machine gun.
Religion in Mozambique
Today all these religions are still present, with Catholicism and Islam having the strongest followings. The Protestant church is steadily growing, but unfortunately so are many syncretistic cults that mix Christianity and witchcraft. No matter what their background, new believers desperately need strong guidance and discipleship to understand how to follow Christ, and unfortunately this discipleship has not been the focus of many mission efforts. The result is many churches and converts with shallow faith and untransformed lives–still following traditional witchcraft and living in habitual sin and demonic bondage even while consistently attending church on Sundays.
People of Mozambique
We believe that with time, God can change their hearts and education and opportunities can change their futures, so we seek to bring both spiritual and practical help to empower the Mozambicans to bring their nation into a brighter tomorrow.
Land of Mozambique
However, all of these and other natural resources are often exploited by foreigners instead of preserved and used wisely by the national people, and much land is left to lie farrow instead of cultivated. Rapid deforestation has made the country more vulnerable to floods and other natural disasters, and harms the delicate ecosystem.