Mozambique Nazarenes celebrate holy living
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Maputo, Mozambique
Recently Mozambique churches celebrated holiness living with a two-phase initiative. 

As a part of the region's Celebrating Holiness initiative, holiness celebration programs ran in local churches from February to Easter. During this time (Phase 1), members met every week for prayer and Bible studies, and every other Friday for all-night prayer. 

In addition, pastors taught about holiness and called people not only to learn holiness as a theological subject, but also to embrace it as a lifestyle. 

After Easter, a second phase of the Celebrating Holiness initiative took place until Pentecost Sunday. Maputo District churches were divided into zones according to location and met every day for holiness studies and prayer. Some zones met in centralized location while others used host churches. Various speakers were invited to teach and preach at the events.

On the Saturday before Pentecost, the entire group met at Maputo Central Church of the Nazarene for a workshop facilitated by Margrida Langa, principal of the Nazarene Bible college in Mozambique. She challenged participants to live a holy life as demanded by God. Langa emphasized that living in a sinful world doesn't mean that we should become sinful people. After the workshop, there was a service led by Maputo District Superintendent José Moiane.

On Pentecost Sunday, the last day of the celebration, a service featuring former district superintendent Manuel Chambo was held at Maputo Central Church. More than 2,500 people attended the service. This was the first time that the Maputo District served the Lord's Supper with such a large number of participants.
--Church of the Nazarene Africa Region
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