The Sun Shines Again in Matola District, Mozambique

The Matola District in Mozambique was faced with great sadness after Rev. Andre Jose Chilengue, who served as their District Superintendent from 2005 to 2022, passed on to glory. God was faithful to bring the dawn of a new era following this devastation as the Jurisdictional General Superintendent, Dr. Eugenio Duarte, appointed and announced the interim District Superintendent of Matola District, Rev. Vasco Alberto Mabote, in a colourful congregation that was characterized by songs of praise and gratitude.

The installation service was held on Sunday, 22nd of January 2023 and attended by members of the district, sister District Superintendents in Mozambique, the Mozambique Mission Coordinator, the Lusophone Field Strategy Coordinator Rev. Adérito Ferreira, and local government authorities.

The service opened with a prayer of gratitude to God for His faithfulness in healing the wound caused by the unexpected departure of Rev. Andre Chilengue and bringing the dawn of a new era.

In His message, Dr. Duarte encouraged the Church in Mozambique to bear fruits since the church is still in the spirit of its centennial celebrations. The message was based on Numbers 24:6-7 and he stated that, “the church as a family is called to expand its influence in the world and the expansion of the Kingdom of God has no borders whatsoever.”

The Installation Act of the new DS started with a scripture reading from Philippians 2:1-11. Following this, Dr. Duarte welcomed Rev. Mabote into the new assignment on behalf of the Board of General Superintendents (BGS). He stated, “You have been called to serve rather than to be served and to look after the concerns of the churches on your district and the concerns of Christ above all. You are to exercise pastoral care to the churches and pastors on your district.” He then charged him to lead the people with passion, integrity, and love.

The District Secretary presented the new DS with a Bible, and the Auxiliaries presented him with a Sunday School Book (NDI), the Globe (NMI), and a basin & towel (NYI).

Before the laying of the hands, the newly appointed DS said: “Here we are, Lord, use us for your Glory. I am thankful to the BGS for entrusting this assignment to us.” He also requested that the members of the district pray for the success of the assignment. The service was indeed a blessing for both the new DS and the congregation.

The Matola District currently has 6,953 members and 38 organized churches. May God continue to shine His glory on the district!