This should be welcome news for anyone who has ever flown from Johannesburg to Maputo, spent several hours there and then finally went on to Nampula. Hopefully this will make getting to the North one little bit easier.
Over the last six weeks or so, several missionary/expat families mainly in Nampula and Nacala have experienced unprecedented attacks on their properties by large (9-15) groups of men armed with machetes. Some were lucky enough to have the bandits driven off before anything could be accomplished, but one MAF pilot was badly injured and needed to fly out to South Africa and thereafter the United States. We are aware of at least one family that has left the mission field. Missionaries are not generally wealthy; suddenly hiring armed guards or surrounding their properties with electric fencing is not financially an option. We understand the authorities are supposed to be looking into the matter – how much they will exert themselves for the expatriates living in their country we don’t know. In the meantime, please pray for all missionaries to remain strong and calm in this difficult time, and for the Lord to provide a solution to the problem.