Mozambique Initiative Giving Tuesday Campaign
posted on October 19
Sixty-five percent of United Methodist pastors in Mozambique don’t have electricity in their parsonage. Solar panels can solve this problem. When installed on local church parsonage roofs, the panels provide clean and sustainable energy to the home below.
Stateside, we often think of solar power as a luxury. In Mozambique, this is one of few options for providing power to isolated and rural areas. Their minimal maintenance, long lifespan and weather resistance makes solar panels an investment worth making in both the parsonage property and the environment.
Making this connection provides opportunities for both ministry and daily life, including:
- Enabling children to complete their homework in the evening.
- Allowing pastors to continue their work and worship preparation after the sun sets.
- Extending church activities – including special services, outreach programs and meetings – into the evening hours.
- Implementing time- and money-saving technologies, like refrigerators.
- Providing cell phone recharging stations to the community as a means of outreach.
The cost of installing solar panels is $2,500 USD per parsonage. Our Mozambican partners hope to equip 50 parsonages with panels. So far, your generosity has provided 18 parsonages with solar panels.
Your gift of any size, combined with those from Mozambique Initiative supporters across the state, will make a real difference in the lives of pastors and their families in Mozambique.
Donate this Giving Tuesday
- Online at www.mzinitiative.org
- Mail your check to Missouri Annual Conference of the UMC, 3601 Amron Court, Columbia, MO, 65202. Make sure to include “Giving Tuesday” in the memo line.