There are over 1,000 one-day churches in Mozambique, but membership is only about 5-15 per church.

AFM has ministered to the Tonga of Mozambique since 2018.

About the People

As a Bantu-speaking people, the Tonga people share the general history of migration from Central Europe, which began around the time of Christ. Now they live in Mozambique, Eastern Africa, where they are a small minority tribe.

A former Portuguese colony, Mozambique is still recovering from a long civil war after they gained their independence in 1975, complicated by a series of severe droughts. The Portuguese provided no internal development, and little infrastructure is in place in the huge geographical area of Mozambique. The current government is pursuing social integration, and educational opportunities are expanding.

Tongan people are famous for their woven baskets. There is a world trade and technical study of the patterns used by the Tonga in these baskets, now also fashioned and exported as handbags. They feature strips of unique color patterns, called sipatsi, of which 494 unique patterns have been identified.

The Tongan follow ancient practices of tribal ancestor worship. Unlike the dualistic worldview as in the west, traditional African peoples do not separate a secular sphere from the unseen sphere of the spiritual realities. The spirit world is seen as active and immediate, and many people’s lives revolve around serving spirits. They believe in a creator God but consider Him to be far away and not involved in the direct affairs of humans.

People-Group Facts

  • Population: 1.3 million
  • Language: Gitonga, Portuguese
  • Religion: Catholic / Ancestor worship

    Serving this Project

    • Geovan Garcia & Daniela Monteiro Da Silva Machu

      AFM-Brazil Short-Term missionary for 2020

    • David & Edie Hicks

      Career Missionaries since 2015.

    Project Update

    Entered area in 2019.