A. MOZAMBIQUE, LOCATION OF
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Mozambique borders on the Indian Ocean in the east and South Africa and Zimbabwe in the west. Its Limpopo National Park borders on South-Africa’s Kruger National Park.
B. AREA COVERED BY OUR MINISTRY
We minister in the south-western part of the country. The territory measures some 900 km from north to south and 300 km from west to east.
C. DISCIPLESHIP HUBS AND CLASSES
The area has 9 discipleship hubs, each of which is under the control of a superintendent. He (or she) is responsible for establishing of discipling classes within that hub and more distant, wherever there is a need and opportunity for such.
The following hubs have been established (Tap on the name of the hub to read more about it.):
- Chicualacuala is the furthest north of all the hubs. It borders on Zimbawe and is supervised by Americo and Lucy Uthui. They run 3 classes weekly, totaling 33 students.
- Mapai, second from the top, is supervised by Adalberto and Juvencia Matussi. They are assisted by 3 part-time teachers and together they run 13 classes weekly, totaling 134 students.
- Mabalane, third down the line, is supervised by Boavida Baloi and his wife Brigda. They are assisted by 1 part-time teacher and together they run 5 classes weekly, totaling 45 students.
- Massingir, on the left (western side) is supervised by Gloria Simango. She is assisted by 1 parttime teacher and together they run 11 classes weekly, totaling 197 students.
The following four hubs in the central cluster seem to be very close to one another but are in fact up to 30 km apart.
- Chinhacanine which is where the Head Office of the Mission and its offices are located, but it is also a discipleship district run by Nelson and Tina Muiambo, assisted by 1 part-time teacher and together they run 4 classes weekly, totaling 43 students.
- Manjangue, to the west of the Limpopo river, is supervised by Gloria Simango. She is assisted by 3 part-time teachers and together they run 20 classes weekly, totaling 421 students.
- Tomanine, south of Chinhacanine, is supervised by Titus and Zulmira Chauke. They run 4 classes weekly, totaling 57 students.
- Chokwe, further south, is a major town supervised by Andre and Emelia Canhane assisted by 2 part-time teachers and together they run 12 classes weekly, totaling 145 students.
- Ndindiza, in the east, is supervised by Andre and Emelia Canhane. They are assisted by 2 part-time teachers and together they run 12 classes weekly, totaling 142 students.
D. VENUES FOR CLASSES
To be able to convene the classes right in the midst of where the students live, we use whatever accommodation is presented to us. If available, the meeting will be held in a local “church building” constructed with poles and clay under a corrugated iron or thatched roof, capable of taking 30 or more people.
When nothing else is available and the class will not fit into a home, the meeting will even be held in the shade of a huge tree of which there are many all over.
E. TRAVELLING TO AND FROM HUBS AND CLASSES
In the remote villages where most of our work is done, students walk up to 5 km to attend classes.
GETTING TO A CLASS
What poses more of a problem, is for the teacher to get to the class. He or she either walks there, travels by bicycle for up to 30 km, goes by taxi, sits on the back of a lorry crowded by other people and all sorts of goods, even a cow tied down.
NO WAY? MAKE A WAY.
Some dirt roads are often no more than two tracks winding through the bush. During the rainy season they are flooded so that, when traveling by vehicle, one has to find your way round the marshes by chopping open a way through the undergrowth.
CROSSING OF RIVERS
For crossing the Limpopo and other rivers, a boat may be available
(The founders of the Mission had an ample share of traveling experience as they penetrated inland to reach the more remote villages.)
The truck in the photo is fully loaded so it was obviously en route when it broke down.
Of course most vehicles are in a fine condition but many travelling on the main roads are in a poor state of repair. They may also be overloaded and some of the drivers are not all that considerate of other road users. . So, even travelling by taxi is dangerous.
TRAVELLING BY TAXI
Our staff mostly travel by mini-bus taxi, which mode of transport, even on tarmac roads, is dangerous and tiring. Here we see a wheel broken loose from the brake drum – even the studs came off.
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
- Safety and endurance. Discipling in the more remote areas of Mozambique is a hazardous task, so please pray for the safety of our workers and for endurance.
- Health. Malaria and other diseases take their toll. The long term effect of repeated attacks of malaria is severe physical weakness.
- The establishing of many more hubs and classes. This means more staff to be called and trained, homes provided, etc.
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