Safety Status of Deaf Communities Unknown Following Mozambique Instability

A Mozambican 2-by-2 team member takes a selfie during a recent home visitation. (Photo courtesy DOOR International)

Violence in northeast Mozambique poses an increasing threat to regional stability. More about that here. The French energy giant Total stopped work on a multi-billion-dollar project earlier this week, citing security concerns. An April 20 attack on Palma put some 400,000 people in urgent need of food and shelter.

Terrorist attacks are on the rise in Mozambique; more than 600,000 people were internally displaced by the end of 2020. See our full coverage here.

Paul Njatha, Deaf Evangelism and Church Planting Ministry Director for DOOR International, is still waiting to learn if Deaf communities are safe. “One of the main issues he’s having is getting information in and out of Mozambique,” DOOR President Rob Myers explains.

Many Deaf believers use smartphone video call apps to communicate in sign language. However, using these apps requires Wi-Fi, a utility often restricted in conflict zones.

“With limited internet access, limited communication options, plus COVID, you now have an even greater pressure on people who can’t make an audio phone call to someone to let them know they’re okay.”

Preparations are underway as DOOR’s Deaf leaders wait for more information and access to communities in need.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ask the Lord to sustain and encourage Deaf communities until they can receive tangible aid.
  • Pray as Deaf church planting teams in Mozambique access affected communities, they can communicate needs to DOOR’s leaders.

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