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About CDL

Who we are, where we’re going, and how you can make a difference.

Our History

Who We Are

In response to the crying need of evangelicals in Mozambique and Portuguese- speaking nations of Africa, the Center for Development of Leadership was founded in 1994 by Dr. Isaias Uaene, a native of Mozambique.

Our founder and Executive director

About Dr. Uaene

Dr. Isaias Uaene is a native of Mozambique and is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is the Founder and current Executive Director of the Center for Development of Leadership in Maputo, Mozambique.

Dr. Uaene has served as the National Director of the Far East Broadcasting Association (FEBA Radio) for 12 years and is on the board of numerous Christian organizations. He has also served as Senior Pastor for over two decades.


Dr. Uaene is married to Quezia, also a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, who serves alongside her husband. They have two children, Samuel and Anna.


Our guiding principles

Where We’re Going

Our Mission

To provide Bible-based training to people who will equip others and nurture the churches in Mozambique and other Portuguese-speaking nations in Africa. (2 Tim 2:2; Col 1:28-29)

Our Vision

To continue training a new generation of servant leaders and to foster a sustainable theological institution of higher learning that will provide a solid Bible-based, Christ-centered, and Spirit-led education across denominations in Mozambique and other Portuguese-speaking nations of Africa.

Our Goals

To equip in leadership foundations and skills, educate for servant leadership in the church and teaching ministries, and empower for ministry collaboration among evangelicals.

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How You Can Make a Difference



Pray that God will continue to use CDL to raise up men and women with a strong desire to impact others through multiple areas of ministry.



We are a multi-denominational and non-profit ministry solely supported by contributions of individuals and organizations in harmony with our purposes. All the financial support received for the ministry is appropriated directly toward the spreading of the Gospel and leadership development.

Because we are training pastors and church leaders in low economic countries, CDL provides training at virtually no cost to the students. However, it takes money and facilities to provide this ministry training.

For a donation of $40 per month, you can adopt a student in our two-year diploma program. For $110 per month, you can send a student through our bachelor’s degree program.

We are also in the middle of expanding our facilities. As we make progress, we look forward to providing even more students with biblical training. Please consider donating toward our facility construction.



We have many short-term ministry and missions opportunities throughout Mozambique:

  • Teaching: college and seminary professors, pastor-teachers needed to teach 2+ week intensive college level courses in different fields of study.
  • Leadership seminars: pastors, church leaders, and lay leaders needed to lead training in different subjects for as short as two days or more.
  • Evangelism and Outreach: mission groups from churches and Christian organizations needed to do evangelism and outreach ministry with local churches.
  • Women and Children Ministries: women needed to lead seminars with women on different topics and to minister to children in orphanages in the cities and villages.
  • Projects: we need people to undertake construction work and refurbishment/repair work, among others.