Boniface

BonifaceI was born on 24 October 1964 at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, the son of Rabisone Labuquene and Rabeca Luis.

My parents are both Mozambicians. My father was working with a British family in the 1960s. My father died on Christmas day 2005. In the 1960s there was war between Mozambicans and Portuguese. And many people left the country including my parents. I did my education at both primary and secondary level. I camefrom a Christian family and was baptized in 1976. I attended Sunday school during my teenage years and in the 1980s I became a Sunday school teacher. My church ordained me as a church elder in 1986, at the age of 22.

From 1987 to 1990 I was being trained at a Christian church Mission in Malawi. Besides studying the Bible I was also learning interpretation, translation of bible lessons and secretarial skills. Every weekend I visited the rural areas to preach, teach the church leaders and encourage the churches. At the Mission we had five American missionaries who inspired my Christian character.

On 4 August 1990, I married Helena Antonio in Blantyre, Malawi. In 1991 I left Blantyre, with my wife, to settle in Beira, Mozambique. God blessed me with four children, 2 boys and 2 girls. Two are currently studying in Malawi and two in Beira.

In 1998, I did a Youth Training Course with Christian Mennonite Committee in Zimbabwe. I represented Mozambique on the course.

In Mozambique I have been working with different pastors and in different churches. I led a team restoring souls of the people who live along the Zambezi River. The team had a boat that transported them around. I liked helping the people but it was dangerous work because the Zambezi River has hungry crocodiles. I was with New Testament church and had a maize mill, sewing machines, and a tractor, medical equipment and biblical materials. The tractor was for starting a farm to train people in new ways of farming many people had lots of opportunities to learn different skills through his work.

In 1999 to 2001, I was working at "PESCAMAR" one of the biggest fishing companies in Mozambique. I stayed at sea for 2 to 3 months at a time processing prawns and fish for export. In August 2001, I joined JOCUM to work with Pastor Bonga, JOCUM’s leader, in the 1990s. I do the administration and accounting at JOCUM. I love my job to serve the orphans, street children and the needy.

I am a Pastor of a local church, which has been selected to be a mission centre and I have been nominated as a national pastor for my churches in Mozambique.
God bless.    


Boniface, 12/03/2007