Official Country Name:Republic of Mozambique
Region:East and Southern Africa
Government:Semi-Presidential Representative Democratic Republic
Religious Demographics:Christian ±46%, Evangelical ±11%, Muslim ±17%, Ethnoreligious ±26%
Number of Evangelicals
A Nation Sculpted By God to Reach Muslims
What was once a small coastal region that received Vasco Da Gama in 1498, the nation of Mozambique has a rich trade history with the Portuguese, who were drawn to the country in search of gold. Invaded and colonized by the Portuguese in the late 15th century, the land was named Mozambique after an Arab trader who settled in the region.
Da Gama brought with him the Catholic faith, which took deep root and influenced society and government. The Portuguese ruled Mozambique until 1975 when the nation gained its independence. Today, the country exports raw petroleum and coal briquettes more than any commodity.
Mozambique has more than 3.5 million evangelicals and is geographically and culturally poised to reach millions of unreached Muslims both in-country and abroad.
The evangelical church in Mozambique has religious freedom from the government but increased violence and growing tensions have led many believers to fear Muslims, especially the Islamic Jihadist group, ISIS.
The Lord has beautifully and strategically shaped the Mozambican church to share His gospel with Muslims for thousands of years. Pray that the Lord would let that drive still ring true today, so that the church's passion or for UPGs would grow as their love for the Lord increases.