MOZAMBIQUE

Over 50% of the population of Mozambique practices some form of Christianity, mostly Catholicism.  This number is much higher than it was in 1975 when Mozambique began its independance. According to 2019 estimates, nearly 30% of the population is incarcerated. HBM has recognized this great need and currently works in 19 of the countries 33 prisons. Officials inform HBM that prisoners who participate in the Disciple Makers Program exhibit improved behaviour, the prisons are safer, and the Gospel is being shared within the prisons. In addition to the high rate of incarceration, over 70% of the countries 31 million citizens live in abject poverty. Despite these tremendous obstacles, HBM continues to train and partner with the local church to equip indigenous Christians to meet the growing need for qualified leaders to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Population

Christian

Life Expectancy

31,276,414 (2020)
Median Age: 17.6
Roman Catholic 27.2%, Muslim 18.9%, Zionist Christian 15.6%, Evangelical/Pentecostal 15.3%, Anglican 1.7%, other 4.8%, none 13.9%, unspecified 2.5% (2017 est.)
Source
Life Expectancy: 62.13
Infant Mortality: 39.90/1,000
Deaths Under Age 5: 73/1,000

Other Religions

The U.S. government estimates the total population at 27.92 million (midyear 2019 estimate). According to 2019 Mozambique government census data, 26.2 percent of citizens are Roman Catholic, 18.3 percent Muslim, 15.1 percent Zionist Christian, 14.7 percent evangelical/Pentecostal, 1.6 percent Anglican, and 4.7 percent Jewish, Hindu, and Baha’i.  For more information

Demographics

In the first half of the second millennium A.D., northern Mozambican port towns were frequented by traders from Somalia, Ethiopia, Egypt, Arabia, Persia, and India. The Portuguese were able to wrest much of the coastal trade from Arab Muslims in the centuries after 1500 and to set up their own colonies. Portugal did not relinquish Mozambique until 1975. Large-scale emigration, economic dependence on South Africa, a severe drought, and a prolonged civil war hindered the country's development until the mid-1990s.
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Economy

At independence in 1975, Mozambique was one of the world's poorest countries. Socialist policies, economic mismanagement, and a brutal civil war from 1977 to 1992 further impoverished the country. In 1987, the government embarked on a series of macroeconomic reforms designed to stabilize the economy. These steps, combined with donor assistance and with political stability since the multi-party elections in 1994, propelled the country’s GDP, in purchasing power parity terms, from $4 billion in 1993 to about $37 billion in 2017. For more information

Equipping

Jesus gave gifted men to "equip the whole church to do the work of the ministry, building up the body of Christ, until all come to a unified understanding of the faith and the knowledge of God's Son, growing to maturity, having the fullness of Christ."  Ephesians 4:11-13

Training leaders in the local church in the Word of God is the "tip of the spear" strategy of Hope Builders Ministries. These leaders are then better equipped to train the believers God has put in their charge. The whole congregation become disciple makers multiplying the advancement of the Gospel and able to help each other "walk worthy of the Gospel.
  • One year Disciple Makers Program
  • Three year leadership training
  • Commissioned Leadership

Empowering

Paul said, "And what you have heard from me...commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." 2 Timothy 2:2 

Hope Builders Ministries goal has always been for the Mozambique Christians to oversee their own indigenous mission. Today HBM Zambia is led by a team of 35 nationals partnered with more than 100  pastors mentoring their local churches in disciple making ministry.  Hope Builders Ministries provide the strategic resources empowering them to effectively do this.
  •  Bibles
  • DMP Manuals
  • Pastoral and Leadership Manuals
  • Transport - bicycles and motorcycles

Encouraging

"Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11 

Having partnered with the Mozambique Church equipping them in the Word of God and empowering them with the resources to accomplish the Great Commission, Hope Builders Ministries continues to encouraging the national church in strategic partnerships.
  • Strategically located conference centers
  • Short-term US Mission trips for men and women who are Disciple Makers to supplement leadership training
  • Dignity Projects focused on orphans  and widows and other vulnerable people
  • Medical Aid for the indigenous missionaries
  • Disaster Relief in times of famine and pandemics
  • Community Service - wells, farm development projects

Advance the Gospel in Mozambique

Since 2010, Islam has continued to spread slowly throughout Mozambique. Leaders at the national and local leader continue to call for religious tolerance and concdemn the use of religion to promote violence. According to reports in October of 2020, A three-year war between government troops and extremist insurgents has been escalating in recent months in northern Mozambique. The violence has created a humanitarian crisis in this gas- and oil-rich African country—more than 310,000 people have been displaced and around 2,000 people have been killed. Cabo Delgado, one of Mozambique’s poorest provinces, has been largely occupied by jihadists who identify themselves as the new “Islamic State.” The extremists threaten to branch out into Zimbabwe, South Africa and Tanzania. 

Hope Builders Ministries - Mozambique