The first training session for the coordinators of the local Sunday school for the Mozambique mission took place at the end of June. The training sessions are being held on the island of Ibo, and the Sunday school will cover the wider area of our missionary community, including Meluco and Quissanga.
Launched in March 2018, the Mozambique mission began with MSCs from Brazil ministering in the Pemba diocese. This is an area of extreme poverty and hardship, where up until that point, local families had no access to church infrastructure or pastoral ministry.
Our MSC brothers immediately began working to bring about positive changes for local communities, and the mission has been going from strength to strength over the past year and a half – despite some extremely challenging setbacks.
Earlier this year, two cyclones hit north-eastern Mozambique over the space of six weeks. Hundreds lost their lives, and over 21,000 people were left homeless by the disasters. Homes, crops, and livestock were destroyed by floods and mudslides, while wells were contaminated, leaving the local drinking water unsafe for consumption, with the threat of cholera and malaria a real danger.
Our MSC missionaries have continued to work hand-in-hand with local families in the area, helping them to rebuild their lives in the wake of the catastrophe, and continuing in their original mission to bring God’s gifts of faith, hope, and love to those in real need.
The advent of the new Sunday school will provide a much-needed boost to the communities in the region, and we wish both staff and students the very best of luck on this exciting new adventure!