Mozambique Development Project - Anglican Missions

Mozambique Development Project

Anglican Missions and the Diocese of Wellington are partnering together to support the Zambezia Diocese.

The Province of Zambezia is considered to be one of the poorest in Mozambique.

Over 75% of people in Zambezia survive on less than on $1 NZD a day. Of the 1.2 million households, 0.5% have a toilet and 2.8% have electricity. Literacy levels are low and there are only 8 hospitals to serve the Province’s population of 5.1 million.

The Diocese of Zambezia is financially challenged and would like to work towards financial self-sufficiency. There are key projects which have been identified that can help this – together, Anglican Missions and the Diocese of Wellington are committing to helping make these happen.


Marks of Mission




2023 Trip to Zambezia.

By Rev. Wendy Scott.

It was a joy to spend a week in the home of +Vincente and his family. Initially, the connection was through +Eleanor, then time spent together in Lambeth with +Justin and Jenny cemented a strong bond between the two diocese. Bishop Vincente was grateful for the way our diocese responded to the floods in 2019 by raising money to help buy seeds for farmers in the rural churches to replant after the devastating effects of the flooding. We spent time in both the rural and urban areas, discovering first-hand what it means to be a mission diocese.

Bishop Vincente and his family moved to Quelumaine to establish the new mission diocese of Zambezia. They have been one year in the establishment, but their plans are wide-ranging and adventurous. It’s hard to comprehend what they are hoping to achieve with so little in the way of resources, but what they do have is energy, enthusiasm and an unwavering belief in God as provider and sustainer.

They welcomed me into their home and made me part of the family. The living was challenging with water supply intermittent and electricity unreliable. I have a great admiration for Anastasia, the Bishops wife, as she works full time, is the stronghold in the family home and the staunch leader of the mother’s union. As you can see from what she cooked on, I was in awe of the food they worked so hard to feed the family.

Rent and electricity is expensive, reliable drinking water has to be brought and the family move from house to house as the money allows for affordable rent. Their previous home would flood and often be without water or power for 3 days at a time. To say that life is tough is an understatement but with Western eyes I was humbled by the way they cared for me in every way possible.

I hadn’t prayed the way I did while there in a long time. A complete reliance on God for protection, a need for provision, a need for healing in the remote rural villages where sick people were brought to us for prayer and understanding there was little or no chance of medical intervention which meant Jesus was the only hope. It was truly humbling.

Church planting was common place with great pride in growing the number of churches. Whole villages would come to faith and then work to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the neighbouring village and so it went on. To say they had little would be naive. They have a love of Jesus, pride in what they have, generosity to share and a joy in worship that I found infectious.

They are hoping to establish an urban base from which they can work, live and worship. The hope is that with a multipurpose centre they will be able to establish a retreat for the clergy of the diocese, an after school base for homework, a preschool, and a place to host work programs for the poor such as mechanics, sewing etc. The hope is that they can have a sustainable income to help develop the diocese.

Literacy and health

Lower access to essential facilities.


The road to self sufficiency

Projects to stimulate economic growth.

The Diocese of Zambezia is committed to becoming financially self-sufficient, and through Wendy’s visit, have identified a few key projects to do so. This includes:

  • A much needed multipurpose hall for church and community activities,
  • A sewing workshop that offers training and income opportunities for widows & young women, and
  • A garage to create jobs for local mechanics

Each of these projects has potential to generate income through various economic benefits (like rentals, job creation and new services).



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