MU members are involved in many ways with building the church. They have also been involved in the 220 or so volunteer, church-based, community-focused ‘Equipas’ with youth and other church members, focused on seeing development through the lens of health. These teams have been involved in community health projects, like the acclaimed project, ‘Salt and Light’, along the northern Lakeshore, where MU members have been key volunteers amongst others as midwives, administrative and nursing support in a project providing basic health care to around 20,000. Besides this work, ‘Equipas’ around the diocese have supported orphans in community, trained others in nutrition, farming methods, sanitation and clean water wells.
Through multiplying out the teaching and caring into communities, it is estimated that several thousand orphans are mentored and cared for, around 3,000 volunteers are mobilized in Equipas da Vida, and possibly 30,000 people in northern Mozambique are being reached.
All members of the churches are encouraged to participate in this, as many MU members do. As a visiting social worker once said, this was the work of changing the fabric of society.
As a visiting bishop once said,
‘this is God transforming a church to transform a nation. And the MU brings women to the core of this transformation. ‘