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A Snapshot of Mozambique – While Mozambique’s official language is Portuguese, only about half the population speaks it, and usually as a second language. Swahili, Makhuwa, and Sena are commonly spoken languages as well, though urban dwellers are more likely to speak Portuguese. A little over 55% of Mozambique’s population is Christian (being about an even mix of Roman Catholic and Protestant denominations), while about 17% are Muslim and another 18% profess to have no religion. Some Christian and Muslim denominations allow for members to incorporate traditional beliefs in their worship as well. Many Mozambicans do not finish school because they have to help with their family’s subsistence farming. Much of the Mozambican culture derives from a mix of Bantu traditions and Portuguese influence. Handmade musical instruments, such as drums, the marimba, and the woodwind instrument lupembe are used in traditional music. Ritual dances are popular among different tribes throughout the country. Rice, spicy stews, and fish are common staples of the Mozambican diet. Portuguese influences are also present in Mozambican cuisine, with food items such as cassava, cashew, and sugarcane.
The first branch in Mozambique was organized in 1996, in Maputo. In 1999 the second branch was organized in Beira. The total church membership in Mozambique is now 6,029.
In June of 1999 the first missionaries arrived in Mozambique. By 2002, 20 members from Mozambique were called to serve missions. There are 21 congregations in Mozambique, and 2 family history centers.
The Portuguese greatly influenced the food customs of Mozambique. Present for nearly 500 years, the Portuguese introduced pãozinho, (a french-style bun), Prego (steak roll), rissóis (battered shrimp), espetada (kebab), and the popular inteiro com piripiri (whole chicken in piri-piri sauce), all of which are regularly eaten.
Many of the cities in Mozambique are connected via railway. There are also several miles of highway, both paved and unpaved.
Following the mission rules and advice from the apostles and prophets in the White Handbook will keep you safe.
The US Department of State urges U.S. citizens to be particularly vigilant when driving on the main thoroughfares, especially after dark. Visitors are also advised to be careful in the streets, as theft is the highest crime for tourists.*
*from travel.state.gov, a service from the Bureau of Consular Affairs
Music is highly valued in Mozambique. Instruments are usually handmade. Some instruments used in Mozambican music include drums made of animal skin and wood; the lupembe, a woodwind instrument made from wood or animal horns; and the marimba, an instrument native to Mozambique which is like a xylophone.
Contacting your missionary:
The US Postal Service does send mail to Mozambique. However, mail takes a few weeks to travel to Africa, so keep that in mind when you write handwritten letters.
Caixa Postal 1166
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