During April, May and June 2009, the Project Hannah prayer groups in Maputo and Nampula, Mozambique, committed to stand together in prayer against domestic violence in the country. Mozambique has seen a rise in domestic abuse, specifically sexual abuse of children. More than 500 women from 55 prayer groups interceded daily for the victims and perpetrators of abuse. The women are particularly concerned for the children, whose abuse often directly affects the whole family.
"We are worried because once they are abused, especially sexually, it is difficult for them to build their self-esteem and find a desirable position in society - such as building a family and continuing with their studies," says Esperança Boqiusso, the co-ordinator of Project Hannah Mozambique.
The prayer groups have also decided to work together to form stronger groups. "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken." (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
During these three months, the prayer groups have grown spiritually and have been blessed with new members. Some of the women are looking at starting new groups in different areas.
In June a group of women travelled to Impapute in the Namahacha District to hold a prayer vigil. The group included representatives from different prayer groups. "It was a holy work, this trip," says Esperança. "We had to cross a river and climb a mountain. It was a blessed work because there are a lot of snakes in that area but we didn't even see one! God protected us. We could pray without interference."
Praise God for the commitment of these women! Pray that the prayer groups will continue to grow and that through the prayers of its members, people will accept Christ as Saviour.