The Blessing of Gathering Together

Helping Mozambican Churches Reopen in a Covid World


We Americans are blessed.  Truly, we are so blessed!  While we may have been distanced from our church families for several months during the Covid-19 lockdowns, most of us have still had access to livestream, recorded services or podcasts, a bible or two in our home, and all the electronic devotionals and bible study opportunities that are just a swipe, scroll, and click away.

But what if you hadn’t had any of those things for the past six months?  Would your heart be yearning to return to church to hear and be reminded of God’s goodness and mercy? To get lost in an atmosphere of corporate worship and praise? To participate in corporate prayer? To feel a move of the Holy Spirit amongst the congregation?

After many long months of lockdown, the Mozambican government began its first phase of lifting restrictions this month, which included the reopening of churches. In order to reopen, however, there was a long list of requirements to meet, many of which seemed insurmountable for the average Mozambican church body because of their overwhelming poverty. Of the 187 countries listed on the World Bank’s GDP figures for 2019 by nation, Mozambique ranks at 182, the 6th poorest country in the world. Over 80% of its population live on less than two dollars a day.

Some of the reopening restrictions for Mozambican churches include:

  • being limited to 50 people per service
  • limiting their normally 3 to 4-hour services to 1-hour
  • disinfecting in between services if multiple services are held
  • hand washing stations must be provided
  • congregants must wipe feet on a disinfecting foot mat when entering
  • each person’s temperature must be taken and their phone number recorded
  • congregants must wear a mask
One of the most challenging restrictions is that each church must have separate latrines (holes in the ground) for men and women.  Most churches in Mozambique have no restrooms or latrines to begin with, so this means they must dig and construct two for each church.  Then, once all of these things are in place, they have to get a permit from the health department to reopen.

We are happy to report that, thanks to the hearts of our generous donors, we were able to assist some of our partner churches to begin this process by providing the funds to purchase the following needed supplies:

  • thermometers
  • masks
  • soap
  • buckets with tap
  • pumps for spraying disinfectant
  • dispensers

This was a huge step to getting at least some of our partner churches reopened so that they could resume teaching, encouraging, and building up their bodies of believers and spurring one another on to good works!

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this cause!

If you would like to help with more church reopenings or other causes, visit our giving page here.

Some of Our Partnering Organizations
Working Together to Change Lives
Grace Community Assembly in Branson, Missouri Jubilee Worship Center in Harrison, Arkansas Caring for Orphans Mozambique in Temecula, California Hope House Children's Homes in Reeds Spring, Missouri Siloam Mountain Jr School in Uganda, Africa Young Africa in Mozambique, Africa Sofala Department of Agriculture