Dreams of Hope in Mozambique

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In Southern Mozambique, near the Swaziland border, sits a rural village called Namaacha. In this place, the problems are many: a growing HIV and AIDS rate, poverty and hunger, declining agriculture production, and fractured families. And in this place, a local church is working to live out compassion. Their focus is investing in the lives — and dreams — of children. Pastor Admirado Chaguala has been leading the congregation for seven years. Here, he shares their story alongside photos taken by Scott Bennett, who spent time with the church while leading a LoveWorks team from Point Loma Nazarene University.

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 The children in Namaacha aspire to be someone important in the future. They express dreams of becom¬ing skilled adults who can contribute to their country and world. Many of them express dreams to be medical doctors, engineers, lawyers, professors, pilots, or nurses.

You can see a longer version of the “Dreams of Hope” photo essay on page 14 of the latest issue of NCM Magazine.