Marromeu, Mozambique is known by many for being the place where Mary Moffat Livingstone was buried. Mary Livingstone (née Moffat; 12 April 1821 – 27 April 1862) was the wife of the Scottish Congregationalist missionary David Livingstone. Her father, Robert Moffat, was a Scottish Congregationalist missionary who worked among the Bechuana people at Kuruman.
She married Livingstone in January 1845, despite her mother's disapproval. The couple lived initially in Kolobeng, North West Province. She accompanied Livingstone on his two journeys across the Kalahari desert in 1849 and 1850. Two of her six children were born during these treks and were delivered by her husband. She did not go on Livingstone's first expedition to the Zambezi, 1853–1856, because she lived in Britain for four years for the sake of the children's education.
In 1852, Mary returned to Scotland with her 4 children, but staying with relatives proved difficult. After several moves, she eventually moved to Kendal where she lived with Charles and Susanna Brathwwaite who were evangelical Quakers and supporters of the London Missionary Society. Dr Livingstone and Mary's parents were missionaries of this society. When Livingstone returned to England, a national hero, he stayed with the Braithwaites on a number of occasions. Livingstone joined her in Britain from 1856 to 1858. In 1858, she returned to Africa to accompany Livingstone on the official "Zambezi Expedition", but became pregnant again and left the expedition to go to her parents' home in Kuruman for the birth of the new child. Returning to Africa, she met Livingstone at the mouth of the Zambezi, but fell ill from malaria in the camp at Shupanga and died there 3 months later on 27 April 1862.
The pain caused by the civil war is still felt in Marromeu. The dilapidated infrastructure that has never been revived, the poverty levels that are alarmingly high, and the fact that only 1% of the population has access to electricity makes this one of the darkest districts in Mozambique. The area has seen little development for a long time, even though it produces much sugar for export.
EHC Mozambique is on a mission to revive David Livingstone’s “Zambezi Expedition”. This aggressive campaign is bringing the LIGHT to this district in honor of the efforts of our forerunners, David and Mary Livingstone. In this regard, EHC has partnered with various churches and Ministries working in this district. However, most of them do not want to go deeper into the district due to the difficulty in accessing its remote villages. Please agree with is in prayer as we continue to move forward.
A recent outreach was conducted at Samora Machel village, of Marromeu District. Samora Machel is an area where most people are not living in accordance with the ways of God. Macumbas and Curandeiros, which are witchdoctors and sorcerers, are venerated in the area and they occupy the majority space as far as spiritual guidance is concerned. Their way of doing things has kept many in total chaos and bondage, as the heavy shackles of the African Traditional Religion and Islam continue to weigh them down and keep them in total subjugation.
EHC activities are throwing a ray of Light on these communities! We have no doubt that they shall continue to bring Light and Hope to these suffocating populations, through the Love of Jesus! Efforts and campaigns like these are new to Samora Machel. However, wonderful results are being achieved and success stories are being written.
It is evident that the Holy Spirit Himself was in charge of this whole effort! For many of our volunteers, it was the first time that they had ever participated in such a campaign...with a total of 355 positive responses to the Gospel! This has motivated many churches who participated to continue with the EHC vision...as these outreaches have yielded such tremendous results.
-EHC Mozambique's National Director, Godfrey Bhodyera
Listen to this week's podcast for more details!