Could you share your passion for mission to the unreached with Christian students in Mozambique?
To be Mwani is to be a fisherman and to be Muslim. From a young age, both of these things are taught as being foundational for every Mwani man. Apart from cooking, cleaning, fetching wood and looking after the children the Mwani women are caught up in placating the evil spirits with charms, fetishes and ritual dances. In the last two years’ Islamic terrorist forces’ insurgency has caused huge amounts of internally displaced peoples; the Mwani city of Mocimboa de Praia was almost completley burnt to the ground. Between 30,000 to 50,000 Mwanis have fled to the provincial city of Pemba.
Vision & Strategy
AIM’s work amongst the Mwani is now centred on the city of Pemba- it is too dangerous to travel outside of the city limits. Pemba has a mixture of people groups with well-established churches amongst the non-Mwani peoples. AIM is seeking to envision and encourage these brothers and sisters to reach out as Jesus’ hands of love to the many Mwani (and non-Mwani) refugees that have flooded into Pemba. This work is not easy. Many people have lost everything and both AIM workers and local church members need to respond out of compassion and wisdom.
AIM hopes to equip the local believers with vision, strategies and practical modelling to enable local believers to share the good news in culturally helpful and appropriate ways. An AIM Mission Mobiliser must understand that God doesn’t want us to do everything, rather to help our Mozambican brothers and sisters to be Jesus’ hands and feet. The aim is to release Mozambicans into what the Lord is calling them to do – “to go into all the world and preach the good news”.
Ministry and type of work
The Mission Mobiliser will have a willing, kind and encouraging spirit.
Initially the task of connecting with the University students will be paramount: Developing friendships, organizing activities, and presenting Jesus to the students. As groups form, discipleship opportunities will abound–both formally and informally. The final goal is to present a Biblical vision for missions to these young people. Bible teaching, church planting training, discipleship, relationships….this position has it all!
By partnering with a local congregation, sharing testimonies of God’s work at the university, and grafting-in and training-up young church members in the process…. our hope is that the vision for mobilizing workers to reach out to the lost and unreached will become part of the church’s purpose.
Qualifications & Experience
- Before arrival a good level of Portuguese is required (minimum level 2 but 3 would be much better)
- Required: University degree
- Desired- church planting/evangelism experience
- Desired – training in mobilisation
- Desired – training in church planting/disciple making movements (T4T, Four Fields, DMM, Storying)
- Desired- training on Islam