The "Miracle in Mozambique" appeal for covenant partnerships with churches in Mozambique, which is already functioning in the Missouri Conferences, has been designated as the official response from Missouri to the Council of Bishops' Appeal "Hope for the Children of Africa."
Bishop Ann B. Sherer has the approval of her colleagues on the Council of Bishops for this way of bringing hope to the children of this specific part of Africa.
Many congregations, groups of congregations and even some individuals have already entered into a covenant with a particular parish in Mozambique by pledging $900 a year. Other congregations a responding by setting aside a particular Sunday in Advent and Lent to learn about the United Methodist Church in Mozambique, to pray for its members and to collect a special "Miracle in Mozam,bique" offering.
The United Methodist Church has tripled in size in the last ten years. There are now 121,000 members in 130 congregations. Worship in mud huts, in metal shelters, and under coconut trees are filled with standing room only on most Sundays. All this has happened in a country that has a per capita income of $89 a year.
A brochure from the Missouri Area Mozambique Committee outlines several ways for churches to respond: By helping build a building for worship or church school; by helping purchase a church site; By helping pay a pastor's salary; or by providing hymnals, medicine, Bibles or many other needs.
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