Young Life Mozambique

Reaching the young people of Mozambique

Young Life in Mozambique is in its ninth year, and the Lord continues to grow His ministry up and down the stretch of this 1500 mile long country on Africa’s eastern shore. Over 12,000 kids have been reached with the gospel in 2019.

12,070 teens
reached in Mozambique and counting…

Mozambique

  • Population:31,368,684
  • Main languages: Portuguese
  • Kids reached by YLA: 12,070

Mozambique summary

Mozambique spent five centuries as a Portuguese colony, finally gaining its independence in 1975. However, large-scale emigration, economic dependence on South Africa, a severe drought and a prolonged civil war hindered the country’s economic development until the mid-1990s. Despite economic improvement, over half of Mozambique’s 30.6 million people live in poverty. Protestants make up about 12.2% of the population, but almost 20% of Mozambicans do not identify with any religion at all. Portuguese is the official language, yet a variety of indigenous languages are spoken. Mozambique is also home to rare marine life, and is a snorkeling and diving destination.

Young Life in Mozambique is in its eleventh year, and the Lord continues to grow His ministry up and down the stretch of this 1500-mile-long country on Africa’s eastern shore. Over 12,000 kids have been reached with the gospel were reached with the gospel this year. “Before my life was very dark, but now I have light.” These are the incredible words of Musa, an orphan who attended Young Life camp with his leader Victor. Musa’s father died when he was 11 and he was placed in an orphanage where he was starved and physically and mentally abused, causing him to turn to drugs and crime to survive. After meeting Victor, who faithfully pursued him and cared for Him in the love of Christ, he attended camp. Here, he tearfully told his story to Victor, and later that night said yes to Jesus as his Lord and Savior. The Lord is doing incredible things in the lives of kids all over Mozambique, just like He did with Musa.

Stories from Mozambique

Our impact

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Growth (2019)
Kids Reached 1,966 2,740 4,194 5,828 12,070 107%
Avg. Kids at Clubs 328 462 882 1,099 1,423 29%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 90 172 375 494 663 34%
Number of Ministries 11 15 24 27 35 30%
National Staff 3 2 4 6 10 67%
DGL 6 8 10 6 6 0%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 388 646 516 1,185 0 N/A

Our ministries

2018 was a year of celebration and change for the Mozambique team. Firstly, Jose and his wife Celeste were married. The two of them live and lead Young Life in Maputo. The Mozambique team experience a leadership change as Gustavo and Biatriz moved to the USA.  The new team is comprised of Victor Simango, Eugenio Balane, Lina Balane, Jose Tayob, and Angelo Mahesse.

Mozambique is also celebrating the graduation of two DGL students, Lina Balane and Cleide Morreira, who recently finished medical school after 7 years of intensive studies. They are both very grateful to the DGL program and promise to do with others what was done to them. For next year, Ines Rosa was approved for DGL. Ines is the club leader for the Capernaum ministry at a blind children’s institute. She herself is visually impaired, but this has not limited her from reaching every kid, even the ones who can see. Additionally, Micheque is approved for DGL. He is an excellent volunteer leader who has done a great job at the local high school.

Mozambique is celebrating the start of two new ministries. This year, the team hosted the first Young Life University camp. Lina started Young Lives and has been training the future coordinator of the ministry. The Mozambique staff is in the process of training mentors  to reach out to teen moms. It has been wonderful to see the mentors’ love and commitment to the kingdom of God.

“Before my life was very dark, but now I have light.” These are the incredible words of Musa, an orphan who attended Young Life camp with his leader Victor. Musa’s father died when he was 11 and he was placed in an orphanage where he was starved and physically and mentally abused, causing him to turn to drugs and crime to survive. After meeting Victor, who faithfully pursued him and cared for Him in the love of Christ, he attended camp. Here, he tearfully told his story to Victor, and later that night said yes to Jesus as his Lord and Savior. The Lord is doing incredible things in the lives of kids all over Mozambique, just like He did with Musa.

This year, Lina started Young Lives in Mozambique and has been training the future coordinator of the ministry. The Mozambique staff is in the process of training mentors  to reach out to teen moms. It has been wonderful to see the mentors’ love and commitment to the kingdom of God.

Mozambique is celebrating the first ever Young Life University camp!

Prayer Opportunities

Pray that our leadership will be healthy spiritually, physically and emotionally.

Pray that Mozambique can double the statistical numbers (numbers of leaders, new places with ministry, number of clubs, Bible studies, leadership trees, intercessors and mentors  and more).

Pray that the government of Mozambique gives us permission to work legally throughout Mozambique.

Pray for God to free us from the high mortality rate that has been observed due to diseases, aviation accidents, murder and natural disasters. Young people are the highest numbers of the mortality rate.

May our DGL students achieve the goals assigned to them, have better averages at the university, train many leaders committed to the ministry and be spiritually healthy.

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