Tuesday, May 20
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When Rev. Orlando Ngovene of the Presbyterian Church of Mozambique (IPM) launched a holistic evangelism initiative in northern Niassa province in 2009, he saw women, young people, and elders as pivotal to the campaign. Zilda Libombo, a member of all three groups, was quick to sign up for the seminars, aimed at enhancing participants’ understanding of Reformed theology and equipping them to share their faith with others.
“Before the seminars, I thought that being a Christian meant coming to church and listening to the leaders,” Zilda recalls “I soon realized that it isn’t like that. I have to participate. Coming to church is my oxygen. I need it to get through the week. But now I know that I also need to show this to others.”
The seminars strengthened her faith and helped her to be a better leader both inside and outside her Lichinga IPM congregation. “I am a department coordinator at work,” she explains. “I used to think it was natural that everything was hierarchical, but now I see that it is better to try to come to a consensus. I try to run my department that way.”
The seminars also regularly brought together youth from the Lichinga and Cuamba congregations, allowing them to learn from each other. “The Cuamba youth admired our strong youth fellowship despite our small numbers,” Zilda says. “And since Cuamba is a transport corridor which attracts lots of different people, they helped us to understand how to manage social diversity.”
—Dr. Douglas Tilton, PC(USA) regional liaison for Southern Africa
Let us join in prayer for:
Presbyterian Church of Mozambique: Rev. Ernesto Langa, moderator, Mr. Bartolomeu Langa, administrator, Rev. Jose Tovela, president of synod council • Christian Council of Mozambique: Rev. Marcos Macamo, general secretary • Ricatla Seminary
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Gracious God, whose loving care spans every aspect of our lives, help us to discern and honor the myriad ways we are connected to you, to your people, and to your creation. Amen.