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Angola

Republic of Angola

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Geography

Area: 1,246,700 sq km

Large coastal state on the South Atlantic coast. Cabinda is an oil-rich coastal enclave to the north of the Congo River.

Population: 18,992,707    Annual Growth: 2.71%

Capital: Luanda

Urbanites: 58.5%

HDI Rank: 143 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 60 (3% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Portuguese    Languages: 41 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians17,870,23894.093.0
Evangelicals4,277,14322.54.4

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Challenges for Prayer

Christian leadership is still the most critical challenge before the Church. Only a fraction of congregations have trained pastors. This shortage results in division, petty legalism, compromise and condoned sin, including elements of witchcraft. The increase in Bible schools and seminaries is still not keeping pace with the needs. Around 25 Bible schools and two seminaries exist (interdenominational [SIM, AME, AIM], Assemblies of God, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Catholic). Among evangelicals, the Superior Institute for Evangelical Theology of Lubango is the largest and is well respected. Just as vital are the practical discipleship/training programmes, such as those run by YWAM and the many Brazilian-originated ministries. TEE and mobile-education programmes, such as Africa’s Hope (AoG), SEAN (UK) and BTCP, are all the more important given the scope of the task and the prevailing poverty. Pray for provision of funds, buildings, libraries and, above all, godly teachers; pray also for effective spiritual growth and ministry of those trained.

Young people and children. Their numbers dominate Angola’s population, despite the huge odds stacked against them. In 2006, the mortality rate for children under age five was 26%, and 45% of that same group suffered chronic malnutrition. The legacy of Marxism and war is a generation burdened with many scars and deprived of educational opportunity and physical security. Most of Angola’s Christians are under age 25; ministry focused on them must occur for the sake of the Church’s future. Pray for:

a) Primary and secondary schools to be rebuilt, well staffed and full. This generation is the first in a long time to know peace; pray that solid education might bring hope for the future.

b) Ministry to students. Pray for the impact of Scripture Union, CEF, IFES and other such groups in schools once hostile to Christianity.

c) Churches to increase their vision for evangelizing and discipling children and young people. OM, YWAM, AIM and the Brethren are just a few of many working in this capacity.

     For an additional 6 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Angola.