|% Urban:||37.6 %|
|Population Under 15 Yrs:||44.4 %|
|Official Language:||Portuguese, understood by less than 30%|
|Literacy Rate:||55 %|
|Life Expectancy:||59.3 yrs (223/236)|
|HDI Ranking:||181 / 189|
|% Christian:||46.5 %|
|% Evangelical:||11.1 %|
|% Largest Religion:||46.5 %|
|Least Reached People Groups:||9|
|% Unevangelized:||9 %|
|Persecution Ranking:||32 / 50|
Thank God for a nation where the government works to advance democracy, and economic and religious freedom. Multiple elections have been held since the end of the vicious civil war in 1992. Years of suffering led to spiritual responsiveness. After harsh persecution under the Marxist-oriented regime, Christian faith spread rapidly. There are great opportunities for fruitful ministry in most of the country. Mozambique was highly unevangelized, but now many people from all faiths and regions have begun to follow Christ!
In terms of development, Mozambique’s needs remain widespread and deep. Pray for effective, practical programmes to assist those who live in the most severe poverty. HIV/AIDS is a major challenge, with 16% of the adult population HIV-positive. Malaria is even worse, with over 5 million cases a year. Diseases like diarrhoea and tuberculosis make the situation worse. Additionally, the trauma of violence and extreme poverty left many people emotionally or psychologically broken. An additional threat is the Islamist terror group IS-CAP (Islamic State Central Africa Province), visiting murder and havoc upon a predominantly Muslim region in the north, targeting Christians especially. Pray for God’s mercy upon this long-suffering land!
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