Bishop Joaquina Nhanala, Resident Bishop of Mozambique, describes the partnership between the Virginia Annual Conference and United Methodist Church in Mozambique as “a journey, together.”



This journey is about strengthening communities in Mozambique after civil war, droughts, floods, and the continuing HIV/AIDS crisis. The transformational nature of these experiences offers us an opportunity to learn from our brothers and sisters in Mozambique.

Initiatives of Hope is in partnership with various educational, community, and medical facilities in Cambine, Chicuque, and Bungane.
• Janene Pennel Elementary School 
• Women and Youth Vocational Training Center in Bungane. (Click here to view a PowerPoint of pictures from Bungane)
• Bishop Joe E. Pennel Vocational Education School in Cambine. 
• Bishop Charlene P. Kammerer Girls Dormitories in Cambine
• Carolyn Belshe Orphanage.

IOH’s vision of sustainable mission dovetails well with Bishop Nhanala’s expressed wish to avoid a "relationship of dependency."

This principle of sustainability and independence plays out, for example, in Cambine Theological School as the Virginia Conference renovates the facilities and cultivates relationships with the seminarians. At the same time, the leadership of the School improves the curriculum and academic standards, in hopes that some of the well-trained graduates will return to the seminary as faculty to teach the younger classes and help to grow the United Methodist Church in Mozambique.

Ongoing support in the form of educational and medical supplies, equipment and salary support will help ensure ongoing ministry in partnership with the fast-growing United Methodist Church of Mozambique.

To find out what projects your church can help with, click on ‘Partnerships.’


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