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Missionary couple have to leave Mozambique

Kim and Erik Free, an Oregon missionary couple serving in with the United Church of Christ in Mozambique have been brought back to the United States early for their safety.

Erik and Kim Free served several years in Mozambique.

Since April 2013 they have served pending financial support with the Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Global Ministries was raising $50,000 for each year of their four-year appointment.

Mozambique is dealing with an insurgent political force causing insecurity in the central provinces of the country where they were working, said Ruth Brandon of the PNC/DOC Global Ministries Committee.

Erik, a pastoral minister, and Kim, a registered nurse were working with the UCC of Mozambique on rural development such as rebuilding churches, establishing health clinics and promoting agriculture.

They are currently being debriefed by the national missions office and they will help decide how to use their probable six months here on home assignment.

Ruth is in touch with the office handling their itineration and once she knows the timeline she will let PNC and DOC churches in the region know so they schedule their visits.

“Let us be ready to receive them with gratitude and interest to hear the story of the good work they have been doing, and of the Mozambican partner church that received them,” said Ruth.

The official announcement from Global Ministries also asks this: “Keep Kim and Eric, the people of Mozambique, the United Church of Christ in Mozambique, and Global Ministries in your best thoughts and prayers.”  Their newsletters and blog are online at  

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