About this partnership
There is a lot happening in Mozambique.
We currently own a 3-5 hectare property with 5 houses and a church building that can seat 300 people! We own this out right with no debt. On the property were 3 boreholes but no running water. We installed and paid for the piping and have now water from the City of Gondola. There is still no electricity on the property.
This place is our center to train pastors.
We have had at least one conference every year since 2009. The Vineyard has about 80 churches currently in Moz. They are found everywhere; either in villages or in the towns and cities of Moz.
Our vision is by the year 2020 – Moz would be released as its own AVC having its own National Director and leadership team. So far, we have identified a potential ND in Savimbe Parafino and we have 10 Mozambiquian men and women as part of our leadership team.
Also, we are relating to the broader network of African Vineyards called AVLN – African Vineyard Leaders Network.
AVCSA, (AVC South Africa) plays a mentoring role in leading the Vineyard work into Africa.
The USA has a partnership headed up by Timothy Mengler from Chicago. I, Samuel Kisten together with our church, Vineyard Chatsworth, have been leading this movement in Moz since 2009 under the auspices of Costa Mitchell, ND for SA and AVCSA.
Population: 24.6 million
Number of Vineyard Churches: approx. 80
Primary Religion: Roman Catholicism
Ave. Education: 9 years
Mozambique is a southern African nation whose long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like Tofo, as well as offshore marine parks. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, a 250km stretch of coral islands, mangrove-covered Ibo Island has colonial-era ruins. More than half the population remains below the poverty line. Subsistence agriculture continues to employ the vast majority of the country's work force.
Tim & Amy Mengler planted the Vineyard of Crystal Lake Illinois just outside Chicago in 2005. As a church their first foray into mission was with the Senegal partnership. Then toward the end of 2013 they were invited to join the work that God was doing in Mozambique. Tim and Amy took their first trip to Mozambique in June of 2014 and of course fell in love with the people and the nation of Mozambique. Tim now leads the U.S. side of this partnership.
Sam and Rani planted the Vineyard of Chatsworth South Africa nearly 30 years ago. They begin their involvement in Mozambique in 2006. Sam had asked God to show him what was his Judaea, Samaria and ends of the earth? Matt 28. 18-20; Acts 1.8 The Lord led him initially to Maputo the capital. Maputo was just 6 hours drive from Durban/Chatsworth South Africa where he had been based for 3 decades. He began to water the churches they found in Maputo. The next year he had been invited to be part of a team to visit and share in a conference to pastors in Gondola, a town of perhaps 100,000 people further north in Mozambique. They found favor and God finally established the work of hands by helping us acquiring a 3-5 hectare property with 5 houses and a church building that would seat 300 people! Sam continues to lead the partnership from South Africa though Sam and Rani now pastor in Cape Town.
Current Church Partners
This partnership is a collaboration between Vineyard churches here in the U.S. as well as churches in South Africa.
Our investment is in training pastors in conferences both at our center and satellite venues across Moz. We are always looking for people to help with those conferences.
There is also the monthly cost of maintaining our center.
There is also some cost involved with starting new churches.
And of course, we always need prayer support.
Please let us know if you are interested in joining us or supporting us in any way.
Consider joining our partnership by clicking the link atop this page. Together we can impact Mozambique for generations to come.