Flying Across the Continent
It was the evening of Saturday, June 15th, when I arrived at the airport in Maputo, Mozambique (the capitol). After a long day of travel, and wading through the bureaucracy of the customs and visa officials, I finally met up with Isak, our friend who is a missionary in Mozambique. This country is a strange fusion of Portuguese and African culture: I felt at times as if I were in South America with a hint of Africa thrown into the mix. It is a beautiful, lush country with friendly African people, who have a complex history of communism, Catholicism, and the Islamic slave trade.
We arrived at the border with heavily laden vehicle and trailer containing 1.8 tonnes of Bibles, Discipleship books, Gospel literature, and audio/visual Leadership training materials.
Mozambique Difficult Officials
When they saw our load of literature, the Mozambique officials exclaimed, "This is too much!" and "This is a big problem" and "This is very bad". Other than these English words, they kept chattering to one another in Portuguese for about 10 minutes. I kept insisting that this was "for free distribution" and that there was "no commercial value". They seemed to ignore me and continued to chatter away in Portuguese.
Dear Friends, Family and Supporters
Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!
We trust all is well with you.
We had a very effective, busy and appreciated time of ministry in Malawi, the warm heart of Africa. Our schedule was packed, our free time was scarce, adventures were plenteous and the scenery was breath-taking!
We have now been on this Africa Overland Mission for almost two months. We have driven more than 10,500km, and we are in the third of eleven countries that we plan to minister in. We have so far conducted 77 meetings in Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania.
25 June 2005 marked the 30 th anniversary of the revolution in Mozambique, and the 10 th anniversary of peace in Mozambique. In 1975, after being a Portuguese colony for 470 years, Mozambique was abandoned by the Portuguese and declared independent on 25 June 1975. Despite the existence of several political parties and numerous requests for a referendum or elections, the Portuguese abandoned the country to the Marxist revolutionaries, Frelimo – without any referendum or opportunity for elections. Frelimo’s leader, Samora Machel, declared Mozambique “the first truly Marxist-Leninist country in Africa!”
Statement written by Francisco Nota Moises, former Frelimo member and official of the National Council.
“It was a known fact within Frelimo that Samora Machel had practiced ritual cannibalism in the Sixties while undergoing treatment by voodoo practitioners. In his bid to be unchallengeable, invincible and capable of warding off all dangers through witchcraft, Machel gave his soul over to Satan. Because of their strange beliefs, Frelimo leaders, including the present president of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, do usually resort to witchdoctors. It was Chissano who instituted concentratton camps and forced-labour camps in Mozambique."
The response of the Frelimo Dictatorship in Mozambique to the increasing successes of the resistance movement has been a scorched earth policy, where all food supplies in “liberated zones’ under Renamo control or in contested areas are systematically destroyed.
The aim has been to deprive the resistance of its source of food and starve them into defeat. The manmade famine was then conveniently blamed on “the bandits’, and relief agencies were called upon to publish this Frelimo propaganda (from Agency Information Mozambique - AIM).
MOZAMBIQUE - HEALTH SITUATION 1988
4-Million displaced persons within Mozambique.
1-Million refugees have fled from Mozambique.
100 000 Deaths in civil war between 1975-1985.
1-Million deaths due to starvation caused by Socialist nationalisations, collectivisations and scorched earth policies.
37% Of budget 1987-1988 devoted to military expenditure.
A team of three Frontline missionaries have just returned from a two and a half month - five nation - field outreach which included 14 000km of driving over some of the worst roads in Central Africa. Their truck suffered 18 flat tyres, and two members of the team came down with malaria, during this epic journey. Some days involved walking 30km, or more, in the blazing heat of the Zambezi valley, in order to deliver Bibles and Gospel booklets to Mozambique and Zambian tribesman in remote areas.
A Frontline mission team recently returned from a 16 week long, 14 000 km field outreach to Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
During this extensive field trip they conducted 27 Discipleship Training Seminars, 77 evangelistic meetings for women and children, 50 church services and 117 Bible studies! On two occasions team members had their passports and money stolen. On each occasion Robert tracked down the thieves and recovered the stolen items.
Three Frontline missionaries recently returned from an extensive 4 month, 4 nation mission tour. It involved over 200 meetings, including 21 Seminars and conferences, and 18 000 km driving throughout Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe (hence M2Z2). Frontline Field Director, Robert reports:
Discipleship Training Seminars (DTS) were held at 16 rural locations in Malawi and Mozambique. As always, our emphasis was to instruct church leaders in the fundamentals of the Christian faith. Virgil and I conducted about 120 meetings with the men; Louise held 80 with the women and children. In all, 180 Chichewa Bibles were awarded to those who memorised Scripture portions.