Angola Luanda Mission


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Description

The culture of Angola stems from a mixture of Portuguese influence and the cultures and traditions of the major tribes in the area. Angola’s official language is Portuguese (as a result of having been a former colony of Portugal). However, there are over 100 tribal languages/dialects present in the country(the most common ones are Umbundu, Kimbundu, and Kikongo). Since the end of the Angolan Civil War in 2002, Angola has grown economically because of large amounts of diamond and oil production. Like other countries in Africa, many Angolans have large families; however, the country continues to face issues such as low literacy rates and a low life expectancy.

View of Luanda bay from Ilha de Luanda, June 2008

View of Luanda bay from Ilha de Luanda, June 2008

The Church

The Church in Angola currently has 5 congregations, with a total membership of 1,257. It is anticipated that the missionary work in Angola will grow exponentially, with many church officials comparing its growth to the early days of Brazil. The population is predominantly Christian and they are very warm and open to the missionaries. Because the Church is relatively new in Angola, people are eager to learn more about it.

Food

Rice, beans, and fish are common food staples in the Angolan diet. Also common with most meals are funge and pirão. Funge is a type of porridge or paste made from cassava (yuca) flour, while pirão is made from corn flour.

Transportation

Luanda is currently under major reconstruction due to the fierce civil war that ended in 2002. More than half of the city streets are in the process of being rebuilt. Public transportation continues to be the most popular method to get around. There are private taxis painted white and blue that provide service at all hours of the day. Missionaries can expect to use these taxis frequently. One taxi ride typically costs 100 Kwanzas (roughly 1 USD).

Construction is once again booming in Luanda.

Construction is once again booming in Luanda.

Safety

The police presence is strong in Luanda and violent crime is rare. Missionaries should be aware of their surroundings and use good judgement as they decide where and when they tract. Following the guidelines in the Missionary Handbook prevents unnecessary incidents from taking place.

Customs

It is generally considered rude to take pictures in public. Locals assume pictures are being taken to showcase their poverty and view it as condescending.

 

Salvador Correia Secondary School, Luanda

Salvador Correia Secondary School, Luanda

Local Lingo

Angolans speak grammatically correct Portuguese, but add their own slang. One example is “bue’” (pronounced bway) which means “very.”

Essential Equipment

Missionaries can find most necessities in Luanda but at an increased price. It is recommended to bring items from home if possible.

Additional Info

The mail system is fairly unreliable. Plan to communicate with family mostly through email. Packages can be sent through carriers such as UPS or FedEx. Specific instructions on mail and packages from the former mission president’s wife are below:

 

To send a letter use the following address:

(Missionary name)

Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos S.U.D.

Caixa Postal 18404

Luanda, Angola

It currently costs $1.05 to send a letter from the United States to Angola. However, it will cost about $3 (USD) to send a normal letter from Angola to the United States. It should arrive in less than 2 weeks in either direction.

If you want to send a package via the United States Post Office please follow these instructions exactly:

If the package weighs less than 1 kilo (2.2 lbs.) it will arrive at the Post Office where we have a post office box with no problems. If the package is over 2.2 lbs it must be sent “Express” so that it will be delivered to our Post Office.

If you send a package please DO NOT put the missionaries name in the address. This will make it very difficult for us to claim the package unless the recipient missionary actually goes to the Post Office. PLEASE NOTE: If you are sending a package put the missionaries name at the beginning of the return address. Then we will know who it is for.  For example, the package should be addressed as follows:

Elder Smith

Smith Family

123 Elm Street

SLC, UT  12345

                                            Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos S.U.D.

                                               Caixa Postal 18404

                                            Luanda, Angola

We have received “Express Mail” packages. In order for us to pick up “Express Mail” packages, the post office is requiring the tracking number as well as a list of the contents with their values.  Without these two things we cannot get the package! Please email these two things as soon as you send the package to:  angolamissionoffice@gmail.com

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Profile

Angola
President Danny L. Merrill

Condominio Concha, de Talatona #77
Municipio da Samba
Bairro Talatona VIA AL 16
– Luanda
Angola

Kimbundu, Portuguese, Umbundu
18.5 million in Angola
Roman Catholicism, Protestant Christianity
Semiarid. lThe cool, dry season runs from May to October and the hot, rainy season runs from November to April
Luanda

Experiences

What items were hard to get or not available?

“You can find anything you need in Luanda, but chances are it will be much more expensive than in the U.S.”

What did you eat the most of?

“A lot of fish, rice, and beans. The food is great!”

What is the craziest thing you ate?

“Funge, which is basically just cornmeal paste that you dip in sauces or eat with meat.”

What advice would you give to someone going to this Mission?

“You will be called to serve in extremely rich areas and also extremely poor areas, and they are equally rewarding and challenging in their own ways. Don’t wish to serve in one over the other.”

**Did you serve in the Angola Luanda Mission Mission? If so we want to hear from you! Share your experiences here or by emailing us at editor@missionhome.com**