Discovery of Church Unity in the diversity of Muembe
A Biblical Worldview and Transformational Development Conference were conducted in Chiconono, Mozambique from 23-25 September 2010 by Hope for Africa in partnership with Hande Vat Project and the Reformed Church of Mozambique. Hein van Wyk, Johannes Aucamp and Danie Murray facilitated the Conference.
Twenty five delegates from the communities of Chiconono and Muembe attended the three day Conference. Together they represent two denominations.
The Conference was hosted and organised by Aubi Banda from the IRM Congregation at Chiconono. This was the first time that a Conference was arranged and funded by the local community of Chiconono. It was also the first time that a multi-denominational gathering of this kind happened among the Yao people.
The outcomes of the conference were to see a growing vision for community development through cultural transformation, a basic understanding of worldview and of the role of the Church in society. All of this is practically applied through the demonstration of God’s love in every area of community life.
During the conference the delegates had the opportunity to deal with cultural lies like tribalism, male superiority and the worship of the ancestors in practical small group discussions.
The delegates also had opportunities to demonstrate God’s love in practical ways to one another and to the community. This include
o Washing one another’s clothes
o Cleaning the church premises
o Cleaning shoes
o Buying and giving away sugar cane
o Giving away clothing and a radio
o Cleaning floors
o Sharing the Gospel
o Prayer for sick people
o Carry heavy things for others
o Helping with small tasks in the community
Finally delegates gathered in community and denominational groups to discuss follow up plans to the Conference.
Soli Deo Gloria!