Author: Willie Crew
Region: Southern Africa
Once There Were None, Now There Are a People of
After a long day's drive from the north of Mozambique to the
central region, we were exhausted. Arriving after dark, we put up
our two-man tents under a cluster of large mango trees and were
looking forward to a nice long sleep.
Then at four o'clock the next morning, we woke to a
vigorous chorus of prayer. It was coming from a makeshift
conference centre of grass reeds about ten meters away from our
tent camp. Its roof was our cluster of mango trees.
The prayers came from the leadership of 35 churches that were
planted in the last eight years in the Angoche region of
As I lay and listened to their prayers my thoughts went to
Revelations 5:8, where the writer shows us a glimpse of what will
happen in the Great Throne Room of God: "[…] the twenty four elders
fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were
holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the
Soon, along with my friend Chip, I found myself joining them in
fervent prayer. We could not understand each other's languages, but
that did not matter because we were in a symphony of prayer before
the God of Heaven, asking Him to pour out a revival in the
region.This amazing church planting initiative started from the
first two churches that were planted through World Mission Centre
among two local unreached people groups in the year 2000. The same
zeal with which the first two churches were started has spread to
the region, giving birth to 35 churches in total.
According to the testimonies and dreams of the pastors and
leaders, there will be no end to starting more churches until the
area is saturated with communities of believers.
The greatest need they have is to know the Word better and to be
equipped to teach their people, both young and old, how to follow
Our team spent the next few days teaching, preaching to and
exhorting the leaders to dig deep into the Word of God and to do
all they can to disciple their people well. It was a true blessing
to worship the Lord with these wonderful people.
The thought that went through my mind again and again as we
drove further south was, "once there were no people in this region
who served God - now there is a people - HIS PEOPLE! - in one of
the most remote areas of Africa."