Population: 23.9 million
Official language: Portuguese
Major religion: Christianity
IFES movement: Aliança Biblica Estudantil de Moçambique (ABEMO)
Mozambique is a secular state; however, many still follow traditional indigenous beliefs, either exclusively or in combination with other religious traditions. The northern region of the country is predominantly Islamic. It is not easy to be a Christian in this context; however numbers of believers are growing.
- 45 universities institutions, 13 ABEMO groups
- 2 full-time staff, 2 full-time volunteers, 3 part-time volunteers and 2 workers in national office
- high school groups in 6 institutions
- largest student group at the Tourism and Hotelary University in Inhambane
- smallest group at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo (10 members)
ABEMO is a movement with committed members and supporters. This has enabled them to increase the number of staff recently. As a result they restarted groups on some campuses where previously they had stopped because there were no full time staff. Recently work has started with an international organisation on HIV/AIDS outreach programs.
The new growth in the ministry has enabled them to do a lot, however there is a vision to reach more students in Mozambique. Currently they are looking for the resources to enable additional staff to be employed.
View from the inside
Adilson Bene, the General Secretary of ABEMO, says that his calling to student ministry was affirmed at the movement’s national conference in 2008 and this watershed moment still inspires him in his ministry.
Adilson is also inspired and encouraged by verses which are the foundation of ABEMO’s vision and mission statement: ‘And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.’ (2 Timothy 2:2)
- for more full-time workers;
- for students to continue to show commitment to the movement and be willing to serve;
- for the development of a strong graduates’ ministry;
- for the work in the north zone of the country, where there is currently no full-time staff worker.