Maforga Christian Mission has been set up by Kees and Sarah Tanis to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Mozambique.
Read the Mosaic Mozambique September 2017 Newsletter for the latest update on Kees and Sarah’s work.
The inspiration for the Maforga mission work comes from two scriptures in Matthew 25 and Matthew 28:
In Matthew 25 Jesus says: “I was a stranger and you took me in, I was hungry and you fed me, I was in prison and you visited me, I was sick and you took care of me”.
In practice this means looking after the most needy in Mozambique like:
Orphans: the Boys Center, a home, more than 40 boys living as one big family, looked after as sons, from going to school to getting married or getting into a job. The External Orphan Project, the support of the many orphans who live in the communities and have few opportunities.
The Widow-Project: supporting many (mainly) women who have been deserted or lost their husbands and have big families to care for, the group exists of over 50 households.
The Center for the Handicapped: a center for the most rejected of society since the disabled in Mozambique do not receive any support, are neglected and left on the streets. There are three self-sustaining projects and two schools: school for the deaf and a school for handicapped kids who never went to school. In 2016 we started the building of a center for mentally handicapped children which will be a place for them to live and taken care of. The center has 345 registered people with a handicap.
The Primary School: the running of the Maforga Christian Primary School, attended by over 600 local pupils, run by a team of 15 teachers and 8 caretakers.
The prison-ministry: teams go in weekly to encourage and bring lunch as they are left by themselves in a group of over a hundred in one room. We have built a clinic/sick bay for the prisoners as the circumstances are poor, many get sick and die but now they are separated and taken care of by a team of nurses. We have now taken on a second prison in Gorongosa to visit on a weekly basis.
The second part is Matthew 28 where Jesus give us the Great Commission: ‘Go out into all the world and make disciples, teach them all I have taught you’
This has been worked out in the Bible School with over 200 students in four different locations with several courses like;
The Leadership School, a two year course for pastors and leaders to learn to lead as Jesus did.
The Discipleship School, a course for young people to get to know God, get to know self and to make Him known.
Make Him known is done in “Mission-Mozambique” a vision to have teams visit every village in two provinces with the Gospel to evangelize and to teach the Word of God.
We, Kees and Sarah Tanis, have been in Mozambique since 1996 and are committed to make a difference in the nation of Mozambique. Our team has grown to over fifty people in different positions to make all the work happen.
How can I support Maforga?
- Through prayer for safety and security (there have been recent incidents of politically motivated attacks in the area), for good health and inspiration.
- Through volunteering: If people want to volunteer to help in Mozambique, Kees and Sarah are always happy to have people either individually or in groups. A group of 8 people went from our church in 2015.
- Through financial gifts: The money will be used to run (1) the Orphanage and broader Orphan Family Support Scheme, (2) the Bible School – including training of pastors and students, (3) the Disabled Centre, (4) Outreach mission work, (5) the Primary School, and (6) the Youth programme.
- Maforga is supported through Stichting Mozaic Mozambique Trust, a registered charity (ANBI) in The Netherlands. Bank account – NL 85 ABNA 0580 2632 15, SWIFT/BIC: ABNANL2A